How to Turn Off Location Services on iPhone?

Mark Kreitzman
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March 30, 2022
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June 21, 2024


iPhone location services might look normal, but they are a severe privacy threat. This post will guide you on taking control of your iPhone location services and monitoring what apps are harvesting data through it.

Have you ever wondered why apps ask for your location services permission? They mine through your private data to make use of it. And how would you know what apps on your iPhone track your location? Even if you are not using your phone, these apps can still record your data every 2 seconds.

Even though Apple has a very secure server, they claim not to sell your data. But many other apps do use this data.

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How to check your iPhone location history?

iPhone's default setting automatically records your location. You can log in to view your iPhone location history just to get a head start on how important this really is. As per Apple, "your iPhone and iCloud connected devices will keep track of places you have recently been, as well as how often and when you visited them, to learn places that are significant to you. This data is end-to-end encrypted and cannot be read by Apple."

Go to Settings> Privacy> Location Services> System Services> Significant Locations> History.

You can also delete the history here and turn off the location.

How to stop iPhone Location Sharing?

It is sort of convenient to share your iPhone's location with your contact but if you are privacy paranoid, turn this off with these steps:

  • Go to the "Find My iPhone" app.
  • Tap "People".
  • Tap and select the contact's name.
  • Select "Stop Sharing My Location".
  • Tap and confirm "Stop Sharing Location".
Also, Read iPhone Privacy Tips.

iPhone Location Settings

App permissions are very significant. You need to be careful which app you are permitted to track your iPhone or look into your iPhone location services. Apps can use your location and even display at times without your knowledge. They may use this data for machine learning and/or targeted ads, but hackers love these location data services. Stay safe.

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How to turn off iPhone location services for selected apps?

Go to Settings> Privacy> Location Services. You will be asked to choose between Never, Ask Next Time, or While Using the App for each app. You can select as per your preference, but we advise you to go for Never if you don't want apps to track you.

When to turn off iPhone location services?

Ride-sharing, delivery, or fitness apps need your location to work appropriately, yet numerous apps run behind the scenes discreetly assembling information when they're not effectively being utilized. Restricting or turning off iPhone location services totally could have results. Understanding what organizations don't esteem your privacy is vital to preventing smartphone apps from taking your information.

How to turn off the iPhone location services completely?

Go to Settings> Privacy> Location Services. Simple toggle/tap the button above, and the location services will turn off completely.

How to rest your iPhone location to factory default

You can also reset your iPhone location settings to factory default. This means you will need to grant the apps permission of your iPhone location services again. For this, simply go to Settings> General> Reset> Reset Location & Privacy.


We hardly pay attention to the privacy implications of location tracking data, which is at the heart of our modern lives. Data about a person's location is susceptible. It's not really about personal privacy but a network of connections. If you're vulnerable to a privacy breach, it's not just you who suffers; anyone with whom you have a relationship suffers.

What is the solution? Pay special attention to the applications you install and the permissions you grant them. Be mindful of the consequences of enabling location services.

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Mark Kreitzman
General Manager, Efani Secure Mobile

I am General Manager at Efani Secure Mobile. I have over 20 years of experience in enterprise cybersecurity, including 8 years focused on mobile security. I have a high level of achievements and expertise in the Service Provider Alliance/Partner space. I am positioned at senior levels with SPs/Resellers such as AT&T, Verizon, Cisco Systems, and many others. I have deep experience in SaaS, cybersecurity, telecom, mobile & blockchain.

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