How to Disable Location Services in iOS 9

In iOS 9, the location services on your iPhone 5 or iPhone 6 feature uses a combination of Cellular, Wi-Fi and GPS technology to determine your location. This in turn helps certain apps on your device provide you with better service. For instance, Apple Maps or Google Maps would not provide you with accurate directions without making use of location service. In much the same way recommendations apps are actually making use of location services when they suggest a great restaurant or a great place to get a cup of coffee. 

There are however certain times when you need to turn off location services. This is because location services can drain your battery life. But perhaps the most important reason why you may want to disable location services has more to do with privacy concerns. 

You can decide to completely turn off location services on your iPhone or iPad or you can decide to allow only certain apps to use location based information. This article will show you how to turn off location services on your device completely, how to disable certain systems from using location services and also how to disable certain apps from using location services. 

Part 1: How turn off Location Services on iPhone or iPad Completely

Follow these very simple steps to disable location services on your iPhone or iPad completely. 

Step One: From your Home screen, tap on Settings > Privacy 

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Step Two: Next, Tap on Location Services

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Step Three: Simply Toggle the switch to turn off Location services

These steps will completely turn off location services on your iPhone or iPad and you will not be able to use all the apps and services that make use of the location information. 

Part 2: How to Disable Location Services for System Services

Alternatively, you can disable location information for services that you feel are not essential while keeping it on for essential services. An example of non-essential services that use location information can be Location Based iAds or Share My Location. You don’t want to share your location with just anyone and no one wants location based ads all the time. 

Here’s how to enable or disable location services for system services on your iPhone or iPad. 

Step 1: From your Home Screen, tap on Settings > Privacy

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Step 2: Tap on Location Services and make sure that the switch is turned ON

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Step 3: Scroll down to find “System services” and tap on it

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Step 4: You should see a list of System Services that use Location Information 

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Step 5: Simply toggle OFF the services you think are non-essential and keep the essential ones ON. 

Part 3: How to Disable Location Services for Apps

iOS 9 allows users to enable and disable apps from using location services. For instance you can allow Maps and recommendation apps to use location services but you can disable apps such as Twitter from accessing location information.

Here’s how you can do this.

Step one: Once again Launch the settings app from your home screen and then Tap on Privacy

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Step Two: Tap on Location services

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Step 3: Go through all the apps listed to find the apps you want to prevent from using location services. Tap on “Never” for all the apps you choose.

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All the apps that you set to  “Never” will not be able to access location information on your iOS device. 

Hope you can now disable location services for your iPhone or iPad or customize the location services feature to suit your own unique needs. 

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