4 Easy Steps to Deactivate Location Services on Your iPhone

Location services on iPhones can be very useful for navigation, finding local businesses, and more. However, constant location tracking can raise privacy concerns and drain your battery faster. That’s why Apple gives you granular control to turn location services on or off.

In this article, we’ll walk through the quick, 6-step process to deactivate location services on your iPhone. We’ll explain the impact on privacy and battery life. Then we’ll show you how to toggle location services off for all apps at once or disable access for individual apps.

Step 1: Open Settings

The first step is to launch the Settings app, which is where you manage all of your iPhone’s options and preferences. To open Settings: Tap the Settings icon on your iPhone’s home screen. It looks like a gray gear. You can also access it by swiping down from the top right to open Search and typing “Settings.” Then tap the Settings app icon when it appears. Once Settings opens, you’ll see various categories like Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Notifications, and more.

Step 2: Tap Privacy & Security

Next, scroll down and tap on “Privacy & Security.” This section gives you control over privacy-related settings.

Under Privacy & Security, you’ll see options like Location Services, Contacts, Calendars, Camera, Microphone, and more. Tap on “Location Services” to continue.

Step 3: Press Location Services

Tapping Location Services will display a list of all the apps on your iPhone that use location data. You’ll also see a master switch at the top to turn location services Off or On.

When location services are On, a purple arrow icon appears next to each app currently using your location. Tap the info (i) icon next to each app to see details on how it uses your location.

Step 4: Toggle off Location Services

To turn off location services for all apps on your iPhone:

  • Tap the master switch at the top so that it is gray and displays Off.
  • A confirmation pop-up will appear. Tap Turn Off to confirm.

With location services disabled globally, no apps will have access to your iPhone’s location data. This maximizes privacy and saves battery life.

You can also individually toggle location access off for specific apps here. Just tap the app and select “Never” under Allow Location Access.

Other Location Settings

In addition to app-level permissions, your iPhone has a few other location services you can control:

  • System Services – This lets you disable location access for iOS services like location-based Apple ads, location-based Siri suggestions, setting significant locations, etc.
  • Share My Location – Turn off temporary location sharing with friends/family through the Find My app.
  • Find My iPhone – Toggle off location tracking in case your iPhone gets lost or stolen.

Adjust these as needed for additional privacy protection.


Location services offer useful features but can come at the cost of battery life and privacy if left unchecked. Thankfully, Apple makes it easy to tailor location access on your iPhone.

Following the steps above, you can turn location services off completely or disable access for specific apps. Take control over your privacy and battery today.

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