With the “Location Services” option on your iPhone, you can allow and disallow apps from using your phone’s GPS location. You can manage this on a per-app basis as well as system-wide. We’ll show you how.

As long as Location Services is disabled, your apps can’t track your GPS location. If you come across an app that needs location data (like a food delivery app) to function, it’s easy to enable the option. You can also give just a chosen few apps your whereabouts while blocking it for all other apps, as we’ll explain below.

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Enable Location Services (GPS) on iPhone

To enable your phone’s location services, open the Settings app on your iPhone.

In Settings, scroll a bit down and tap “Privacy.”

Tap "Privacy" in iPhone's Settings.

On the “Privacy” page, at the top, tap “Location Services.”

Select "Location Services" on the "Privacy" screen.

Toggle on the “Location Services” option to enable the feature.

Turn on "Location Services."

From now on, your allowed apps can find your whereabouts using the newly enabled feature.

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Manage Location Services for Specific Apps on iPhone

If you would like to grant or deny access to your location for specific apps, you can do so as follows.

Open Settings on your iPhone and head into Privacy > Location Services. Make sure the “Location Services” toggle is turned on at the top.

Confirm "Location Services" is enabled.

Scroll down the page to see your installed apps. Here, tap the app for which you want to control the location access.

Select an app.

On the app’s page, you have three location permission options to choose from:

  • Never: To never allow this app to use your location data, select this option.
  • While Using the App: To only allow the app to use your location when you are using the app, select this option. This prevents the app from accessing your location in the background.
  • Always: Select this option to always allow the app to use your location data.

Manage location services for the selected app.

Once you select an option, your iPhone will automatically save your changes.

And that’s how you allow as well as disallow apps from accessing your whereabouts on your iPhone. Very useful!

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