How to Stop Apps from Tracking Your Precise Location on iPhone

User disables precise location settings for an app on iPhoneKhamosh Pathak

When a rideshare app asks for your location, it’s for good reason. But some apps needlessly ask for your location to perform menial tasks. Here’s how you can prevent these apps from tracking your precise location on your iPhone.

IPhone users running iOS 14 and above can prevent apps from using their exact location. Instead, apps will know your approximate location and won’t be able to pin you to a street or landmark.

The iPhone already comes with several location control features, such as the ability to allow an app to access your location once. It’s another tool in Apple’s arsenal.

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There are two ways to access this feature. You can enable it from the location access prompt (the one you get when an app first asks you to grant location access) or from the Settings app. .

When you get the location prompt, press the “Precise” button to turn the Precise Location feature on or off.

Precise location toggle in location access pop-up

If you have previously granted app location permission and want to change the setting later, open the “Settings” app on your iPhone and navigate to the “Privacy” section.

Tap on Privacy in settings

Here, choose the “Location Services” option at the top.

Tap Location Services

Now select an app from the list.

Choose an app

Scroll down to the bottom of the page and tap the toggle next to the “Exact location” option to turn off the feature for the given app.

Tap Precise location to turn off the feature

This feature will only appear if you have enabled location services for the app. Now go back to the “Location Services” section and repeat the process with other apps.

Curious about how you can be followed? Here are all the ways your IPhone can track your location.

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