How to Stop Your iPhone Apps from Using Your Location

Last updated on January 15th, 2023 at 02:22 pm

Many of the apps that you have on your iPhone want to know your location.

This could be necessary for ride-sharing or map apps so that they can give you the related location information that you need.

But other apps that want to know your location may only be doing so for ad-related purposes or something that you might not want or care about.

Our tutorial below will show you how to turn off location services on an iPhone 11 if you don’t want any of the apps or services on your device to use location data.

How to Disable iPhone 11 Location Services

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Scroll down and choose Privacy.
  3. Touch the Location Services option.
  4. Tap the button to the right of Location Services.
  5. Touch the Turn Off button to confirm that you want to disable Location Services.

Our guide continues below with additional information on how to turn off location services on an iPhone 11, including pictures of these steps.

Many of the apps on your iPhone want to use your location.

For some apps, access to your location information is an essential part of making sure that the app functions properly. For other apps that location data may be used for less important reasons.

Regardless of how your apps are using your location, you may not want them to have access to that information.

Fortunately, it is possible for you to change a setting and prevent any of the apps on your iPhone from using your location.

The steps in this article are going to show you how to turn off the Location Services feature on your iPhone.

Related Guide: If you’ve accidentally dialed 911 on your iPhone, then our guide to turning off the Emergency SOS alert feature on your iPhone can help you out.

How to Turn Off Location Services on an iPhone 11 (Guide with Pictures)

The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 11 in iOS 13.1.3. These same steps will work on other iPhone models using iOS 13, as well as in most recent versions of iOS.

Step 1: Open the Settings app.

open Settings

Step 2: Scroll down and select the Privacy option.

open the Privacy menu

Step 3: Touch the Location Services option at the top of the screen.

select the Location Services option

Step 4: Tap the button to the right of Location Services.

how to stop iPhone apps from using your location

Step 5: Select the Turn Off option to disable Location Services for all of your apps.

how to turn off Location Services on an iPhone

Now that you know how to turn off location services on your iPhone, you will be able to use this if you don’t want any apps or services to use your location or if it seems like there is something wrong with it and you simply want to refresh the data.

As indicated on the pop-up in Step 5, it is possible for Location Services to be re-enabled in the future if you put your iPhone into Lost Mode and wish to use the Find My iPhone feature.

Note that many apps will be unable to function properly after you disable Location Services, and some apps may not be able to work at all.

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