How to Turn On Location Services Only While an App Is in Use

How to Turn On Location Services Only While an App Is in Use

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There's no need for most apps to track your location at all times. With older versions of iOS, the only choices you had for location tracking were Always or Never. So if you wanted your photos to be tagged with the location in which they were taken, you had to allow the Camera app to always track your location, which could drain your battery and use your data unnecessarily. Here’s how to how to enable Location Services to work only while an app is in use.

  • Open the Settings app.
  • Select Privacy.

  • Tap Location Services.

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  • You will see a list of apps and their location-tracking status.

  • Select an app to change the status.

  • Most apps offer the following choices: Always, While Using, and Never.*

  • Scroll through the apps and adjust the location settings as you prefer.


*Note that some apps will only give you the options Always and Never. When faced with that decision, decide whether or not Location Services are an important part of the app. If not, choose Never to save on battery and data.

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Sarah Kingsbury is the Senior Web Editor and SEO Content Manager at iPhone Life. She manages the web editorial team and oversees all web and newsletter content. A long-time Apple enthusiast, Sarah can't live without her iPhone, Macbook Air, HomePod, Apple TV, or Apple Watch. As the original contributor to the iPhone Life Tip of the Day Newsletter, she wrote hundreds of iPhone how-tos to help users master their iPhones. It's safe to say that she has written or edited every tip published on iPhoneLife.com! In her 20 years of editing and writing, Sarah has done everything from working as the associate editor of the Iowa Source magazine to developing recipes and reviewing cookbooks for a vegetarian cooking website. But teaching people how to use their Apple devices is her favorite job so far.