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Turn On Location On IPhone [A Detailed Guide]

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Mobile applications provide so many benefits, from making internet shopping simpler to finding new restaurants. However, you must turn on location services for them to function. Fortunately, doing it via your iPhone’s settings is quick and simple.

What Is The Use Of Location Services On IPhone    Devices?

Imagine you are trying to find the nearest food vendor or café or even trying to order your Bolt ride and you can’t remember the location. Or you’re new to a neighborhood and you need to maneuver your way around. That can be really frustrating right. That is where the location services on your iPhone comes in.

Most of the apps on your iPhone right now like safari, maps and even your Uber app need the location of your iPhone to be on before they can function to their full capacity. The location services on your iPhone employ cellular, Wi-Fi, and GPS data to pinpoint your precise location.

Turning on your location helps your apps use the data gathered to provided content which are peculiar to your needs and wants.

How To Turn On  Location On Your IPhone For Specific Apps

In fact, if you are having trouble turning on the location on your iPhone, then you are not alone. Location services on iPhones and other iDevices have reportedly stopped working for a number of iPhone users as well, or they have found that their iPhone location is totally inaccurate.

Luckily, for you, I have the perfect solution for you. If your location services are not working, as they should on your iPhone, I have curated a number of troubleshooting methods to help you fix the problem.

Let us get right into it.

  1. Go to settings
  2. Go to privacy and security
  3. Go to Location services
  4. Scroll down to the app you want to allow access
  5. Tap on either
  • While using the app: allows access to Location Services only when the app or one of its features is visible on screen. If an app is set to While Using the App, you might see your status bar turn blue with a message that an app is actively using your location.
  • Always: Permits location access even while the program is running in the background.

How To Turn On Precise Location On

Some apps use the precise Location in iOS 14 and iPad OS 14, allowing them to locate you precisely. Note that, with turning the precise setting off, apps will only be able to use an approximation your location.

Here is how to turn it on:

  1. Go to settings
  2. Go to privacy and security
  3. Go to location services
  4. Select the app you want to allow the precise location
  5. Turn the precise location on.

How To Get Your Location Services Working

If you are having challenges with your location services, these are some methods you can use to remedy the situation.

Date And Time Setting

On iPhones, Location Services are known to malfunction when the Date and Time settings are not correct. Therefore, instead of changing the Date and Time manually, you could set your iPhone to get them automatically from Apple servers.

Here is how:

  1. Go to settings
  2. Go to date and time
  3. Tap on “set automatically”

Disable Low Data Mode And Low Power Mode

While setting Low Data Mode and Low Power Mode might keep your iPhone’s battery life and data allocation at a minimum, doing so can block apps from using Location Services on your iPhone. How to deactivate them is as follows: first let us look at deactivating low data mode

  1. Go to settings
  2. Go to cellular
  3. Go to cellular data options
  4. Tap on low data mode and deactivate it

Now let us look at deactivating the power mode as well

  1. Go to back to setting again
  2. Go to battery
  3. Tap on the low power mode toggle to deactivate

Reset Location And Privacy Setting

Resetting the Location and Privacy settings to their default values, as explained in the instructions below, will be your best option if you’re still having trouble getting the Location Services to work on your iPhone.

  1. Go to settings
  2. Go to general
  3. Go to “transfer or reset iPhone”
  4. Tap on reset
  5. Tap on reset location and privacy
  6. Type your password or pin and follow the instructions that follow


It may be time to call Apple Support to see if they can assist you with the problem over the phone if you’ve tried all the suggestions above and your Location services is still not functioning on your iPhone. Alternatively, make an in-person appointment at a nearby Apple Store.




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