How to Turn Off GPS on iPhone

Charlotte Daniels

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How to Turn Off GPS on iPhone

Do you want to conserve battery life or protect your privacy by turning off the GPS on your iPhone? In this tutorial, we will guide you through the steps to disable GPS services on your device.

Step 1: Open Settings

To begin, unlock your iPhone and locate the Settings app. The app icon is grey with gears, usually found on your home screen. Tap on it to open the Settings menu.

Step 2: Find Privacy

In the Settings menu, scroll down until you find “Privacy” and tap on it. The Privacy settings control various permissions for different apps and services on your iPhone.

Step 3: Access Location Services

In the Privacy menu, locate and tap on “Location Services.” This section allows you to manage location-based services for all installed apps.

Step 4: Disable Location Services

You will now see a list of apps that use location services. To turn off GPS completely, toggle the switch at the top of the screen labeled “Location Services.” This action will disable location services for all apps on your device.

Note: Keep in mind that turning off location services may affect certain app functionalities such as navigation or weather updates that rely on GPS data.

Step 5: Customize Location Permissions (Optional)

If you prefer to keep some apps using location services while disabling others, you can individually control each app’s access. In the Location Services menu, scroll down to view the list of installed apps with their corresponding permission settings.

  • To allow an app access:
    • Tap on the app name.
    • Select “Always” to grant continuous access, “While Using the App” to allow access only when using the app, or “Never” to deny access completely.
  • To revoke an app’s access:
    • Tap on the app name.
    • Select “Never” to deny access.

Step 6: Verify GPS Status

To confirm that GPS is disabled on your iPhone, you can check the status bar at the top of your screen. If GPS is turned off, you will not see a small arrow icon indicating location services are in use.


Congratulations! You have successfully turned off GPS services on your iPhone.

Remember that disabling location services can help conserve battery life and protect your privacy. If you ever need to re-enable GPS or customize location permissions for specific apps, simply follow these steps again.

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