How to Change Location Settings on iPhone

Charlotte Daniels

iPhone, Tutorials

Changing location settings on an iPhone is a simple process that can be done in a few easy steps. Whether you want to enable or disable location services for specific apps, or adjust the overall location settings for your device, this tutorial will guide you through the process.

Step 1: Accessing the Settings
To get started, locate and tap on the “Settings” app icon on your iPhone’s home screen. The icon looks like a gear wheel and is usually found towards the top-right corner of the screen.

Step 2: Finding Location Services
Once you have opened the Settings app, scroll down until you see the option labeled “Privacy.” Tap on it to proceed.

Tip: If you have trouble finding it, use the search bar at the top of the Settings app and type in “Privacy.”

Step 3: Navigating to Location Services
Within the Privacy menu, look for “Location Services” and tap on it. This will take you to a new screen where you can manage location settings for all of your installed apps.

Adjusting Overall Location Settings

If you wish to change your device’s overall location settings, follow these steps:

Step 4: Enabling or Disabling Location Services
At the top of the Location Services screen, you will find a toggle switch labeled “Location Services.” This switch controls whether location services are enabled or disabled for all apps on your iPhone. Simply tap on it to turn it on or off according to your preference.

Note: Disabling location services will prevent all apps from accessing your device’s GPS and other location-based features.

Managing App-Specific Location Settings

If you want to customize location settings for individual apps, here’s what you need to do:

Step 4: Viewing App-Specific Location Settings
Scroll down on the Location Services screen, and you will see a list of all the apps that have requested access to your device’s location. Each app will have its own toggle switch next to it.

Step 5: Enabling or Disabling Location Access for Apps
To enable or disable location access for a particular app, simply tap on its toggle switch. When the switch is green and positioned to the right, it means the app has permission to use your location data. To revoke this permission, tap on the switch again to turn it off.


If you want more granular control over an app’s location permissions, tap on the app’s name instead of its toggle switch. This will take you to a new screen where you can choose between “Never,” “While Using the App,” or “Always” options.

  • “Never”: The app will never be able to access your device’s location.
  • “While Using the App”: The app can only access your location when it is actively being used.
  • “Always”: The app can access your device’s location even when it is running in the background.

Step 6: Reviewing System Services
Scrolling further down on the Location Services screen, you will find a section called “System Services.” Tap on it to view and manage location settings for various iPhone system features and functions.

Note: It is recommended to leave important system services like Emergency Calls & SOS and Find My iPhone enabled for optimal functionality.

That’s it! You have successfully learned how to change location settings on your iPhone.

Remember, managing location services not only helps conserve battery life but also ensures your privacy and security. Feel free to revisit these steps anytime you need to customize location settings for your apps or overall device preferences.

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