How to turn off GPS location tracking on an iPhone

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If you have Location Services enabled on your iPhone, the apps (and system services) it approves can verify your location. Here’s how you can easily turn GPS and other location tracking methods on and off.

First, open Settings by tapping on the gray gear icon on your home screen.

Tap on the "Settings" icon on iPhone

In Settings, select “Privacy”.

In iPhone settings, tap "Privacy."

Under “Privacy,” tap “Location Services.”

In iPhone settings, tap "Location services."

Under “Location Services”, tap the switch next to “Location Services” to turn it off.

Tap the switch next to "Location services" to turn it off.

As soon as you flip the switch, you will see a pop-up warning. It reminds you that location services can be activated remotely if your iPhone is placed in lost mode using the Find My iPhone service. Tap “Shut Down.”

Come back here in the future to reactivate location services with one touch.

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When a warning appears, touch "To turn off."

After making the change, iPhone apps will no longer be able to track your location. If you want to adjust which applications can or cannot access your location without completely disabling Location Services, you will need to visit the entry for each application on the “Location Services” Settings page and configure them there.

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Depending on your Find My iPhone settings, Apple may still be able to know where you are, even if they don’t share that data with other companies. Also, keep in mind that your cell phone operator can still track your location, and there may be other ways to determine your location.

The bottom line is that there is no perfect location privacy every time you use a cell phone of any kind, especially while connected to a cellular network, but still, you have taken a step to keep that data out of the reach of the app. iPhone sellers. Stay safe out there!

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