How to Turn GPS on iPhone

Joel Mason

iPhone, Tutorials

How to Turn GPS on iPhone

GPS, or Global Positioning System, is a powerful feature on your iPhone that allows you to pinpoint your location accurately. Whether you’re navigating through a new city, tracking your fitness activities, or simply finding the nearest coffee shop, having GPS enabled on your iPhone can be incredibly beneficial. In this tutorial, we’ll walk you through the steps to turn on GPS on your iPhone.

Step 1: Access the Settings App

To begin, locate the Settings app on your iPhone’s home screen. The Settings app is represented by a grey icon with gears.

Step 2: Find Privacy Settings

Once you’ve opened the Settings app, scroll down and tap on the “Privacy” option. This will open up a list of privacy-related settings for various features and apps on your iPhone.

Step 3: Locate Location Services

In the Privacy settings menu, find and tap on “Location Services”. This is where you can manage and customize location settings for all the apps installed on your iPhone.

Step 4: Enable Location Services

In the Location Services menu, you’ll see an option at the top to enable or disable Location Services altogether. Make sure that this toggle switch is turned ON (displaying green) to enable GPS functionality.


  • If you prefer to keep location services disabled for all apps but still want to use GPS occasionally, you can turn off individual app access in subsequent steps.
  • Keep in mind that some apps may require location services to be enabled in order to function properly.

Step 5: Customize App Permissions

Scrolling down in the Location Services menu, you’ll see a list of installed apps. Each app can have its own individual access to GPS functionality. You can choose to allow, disallow, or set app access to only while using the app.

To enable GPS for an app:

  1. Tap on the desired app from the list.
  2. Select one of the following options:
    • Never: This option will disable GPS access for the selected app.
    • While Using the App: This option allows GPS access only when you are actively using the selected app.
    • Always: This option grants constant GPS access to the selected app, even when it is running in the background.

Step 6: Verify GPS Status

To ensure that your iPhone’s GPS is functioning correctly, open any mapping or location-based app and check if your location is accurately displayed. If not, make sure that both Location Services and individual app permissions are properly enabled.

Congratulations! You have successfully turned on GPS on your iPhone. Now you can fully utilize location-based features and services available on your device.

Note: Enabling GPS functionality may impact your iPhone’s battery life more rapidly since it requires constant communication with satellites. It’s recommended to disable unnecessary location services for apps that you don’t frequently use in order to conserve battery power.

We hope this tutorial was helpful in guiding you through enabling GPS on your iPhone. Enjoy exploring new places and making the most out of location-based services!

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