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How to turn off the location on your iPhone?

GPS in smartphones has allowed an array of location-based services to pop-up and make the lives of users easier. However, of late data mining has become a lucrative business and as a result location-based advertising or gathering data points based on the intersection of a person’s interest and location have become commonplace.

If you’re not interested in location-based services or tailored ads and don’t want big corporations keeping tabs on your whereabouts via your iPhone’s apps, here is how you can turn off location on your iPhone, followed by a short guide to help you turn off the location services icon from the notification bar too.

If you need help enabling or disabling Find My on your iPhone or using the service, refer to our guide here. Check out this guide if you need help with Find My AirPods.

Also read: How to delete contacts from your iPhone?

Turning off location services on your iPhone

Open your iPhone’s Settings and follow the steps mentioned below to turn off the location on your iPhone.

How to turn off location on your iPhone? | Candid.Technology
  • Scroll down and tap on Privacy.
  • On the next page, tap on Location Services.
  • Then tap on the toggle button beside Location Services.
  • Now tap on the Turn Off option in the box that appears at the bottom of the display and your iPhone’s location services will be turned off.

You can use the same method above to enable your iPhone’s location services again.

If you don’t want to completely turn of location services on your iPhone, you can also tap on each listed app on the Location Services page to see the level of permission they have and when they can access your device’s location.

Also read: How to turn off voice control on your iPhone?

Turning off location services icon on your iPhone

Open your iPhone’s Settings and follow the steps mentioned below to remove the location services icon from the notification bar at the top of your iPhone’s display. The icon appears when locations services are enabled and if you don’t want it to, check out the steps below.

How to turn off location on your iPhone? | Candid.Technology
  • Scroll down and tap on Privacy.
  • On the next page, tap on Location Services.
  • Scroll to the bottom of the next page and tap on System Services.
  • Then scroll to the bottom of the next page too and tap on the toggle button beside Status Bar Icon so that it turns grey — to turn it off.
How to turn off location on your iPhone? | Candid.Technology
Notice the icon disappears in the screenshot to the right after the toggle button is switched off

You can use the same method to enable the location services icon so that it appears on your iPhone’s notification tray.

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