6 ways to turn off location on iPhone

As much as we love and use the iPhone, we miss many of Android’s little features, especially the ability to access location services with one tap. If you shared a similar feeling, the good news is that we were able to work around this on the iPhone as well. In this article, we’ll show you just that, along with five other ways to turn off location on your iPhone to prevent apps from tracking you.

We often wonder why Apple missed the opportunity to add a location switch to Control Center. But if you’ve recently switched from Android and are looking for a quick way to turn off location for privacy, you’ve come to the right place—here are six ways to turn off location on iPhone. Let’s get started.

1. Turn off location detection on iPhone using settings

Here’s the traditional way to turn off location on your iPhone using the Settings app. However, it involves a number of steps.

Step 1: First, open the Settings app.

step 2: Click on Privacy & Security.

step 3: Click Location Services and turn off the Location Services switch.

That’s it! If you think the procedure is a little longer, in the next section we will show you an easier way to turn off location detection on iPhone.

2. How to turn off location detection on iPhone using shortcuts

Shortcuts, introduced in iOS 13, are a great way to automate functions on your iPhone. The possibilities are endless, and it’s a feature we highly value. And considering how powerful it is, we were able to create a shortcut to turn off location that definitely works in all cases. Here’s how you can set it up.

Step 1: Open the Shortcuts app on your iPhone. If it’s uninstalled, you can install it from the App Store using the link below.

step 2: Then click the + icon to create a new shortcut.

step 3: Look for the Open URLs shortcut in the search bar and click on it in the search results.

Step 4: Click on the URL text to add text to it. Now enter the following URL:

prefs:root=Privacy&path=LOCATION

step 5: Optional: To add a shortcut to your home screen, select the sharing option at the bottom and click Add to Home Screen.

Step 6: Click Add again and then click Done. A shortcut will be created and added to the home screen.

You can also add a shortcut as a widget. And that’s how you can enable or disable location services on your iPhone with a single click.

Next, let’s take a look at the ways you can turn off location detection for certain apps and services.

3. How to disable location services for specific iOS apps

If you don’t want to turn off location detection system-wide, you can turn it off for specific apps only. Here’s how to do it:

Step 1: Open the Settings app and select Privacy & Security.

step 2: Click Location Services.

step 3: You will now find a list of programs. Click on the app and select Never to completely disable location detection for the app.

Here’s how you can turn off location on your iPhone for each app. However, if you want to turn off location access for some essential items on your iPhone, here’s what you need to do.

4. Turn off iPhone location services for system services

Here’s how you can disable location access for all system services and items on iPhone. However, we don’t recommend doing this unless you have a legitimate concern about it.

Step 1: Open the Settings app and select Privacy & Security.

step 2: Select Location Services.

step 3: Click on System Services.

Step 4: Finally, turn off the switch for the system service for which you want to disable location access.

iPhone also has a feature that lets you share your location with friends and use your location in Find My iPhone if you lose it. So, if you want to completely disable location detection for all services, you can disable it for that as well.

5. How to stop location sharing with friends and find my iPhone

Here’s how you can turn off location sharing with your friends, as well as turn it off for Find My iPhone. Keep in mind that if you turn off GPS access, you won’t be able to use the Find My app to locate your iPhone if it’s lost.

Step 1: Open the Settings app and tap Privacy & Security.

step 2: Click “Share my location”.

step 3: Turn off Share My Location and open the Find My iPhone option and turn off the switch for the same.

A note: You also have a list of friends you can share your location with, and if you want to turn off location only for a specific friend, you can click on the name and turn off the switch.

Finally, you can also check if you have enabled location sharing in iMessage, which is basically a live, real-time location. Here’s how you can disable it.

6. How to turn off location detection in iPhone messages

Step 1: Open a chat with the contact you’re sharing your location with.

step 2: Click on the profile and click on the “Stop sharing my location” option.

And these are all the ways by which you can turn off location detection on iPhone. However, if you have more questions on the same issue, you can take a look at the frequently asked questions section below.

Frequently asked questions about turning off location services on iPhone

1. Can you turn off location from control center?

No, you cannot turn off location from Control Center.

2. Does Apple Pay work without location services?

Yes, since it uses NFC, you don’t need network services.

3. Does turning off location on iPhone increase privacy?

Yes, by turning off location on your iPhone, you are essentially removing location access for a specific app or service.

4. Does turning off location on iPhone save battery?

yes. It might not be very noticeable, but in theory it should save battery.

5. Do I need online payment services on my iPhone?

To verify your physical location, yes, some payment apps can request location services on iPhone.

More privacy on iPhone

Here are the different ways you can turn off location services on your iPhone. We hope this guide has helped you discover new ways. Keep in mind that if you add an extra level of privacy by turning off your location, you’ll miss out on all iPhone features that work based on your specific location or geography!