Location Services - iPad User Guide


Location Services lets location-based apps such as Reminders, Maps, and Camera gather and use data indicating your location. Your approximate location is determined using available information from local Wi-Fi networks, if you have Wi-Fi turned on. The location data collected by Apple isn’t collected in a form that personally identifies you. When an app is using Location Services, the Location Services icon appears in the status bar.

Privacy settings let you see and control which apps and system services have access to Location Services, and to Contacts, Calendars, Reminders, and Photos.

Turn Location Services on or off. Go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services. You can turn it off for some or for all apps and services. If you turn off Location Services, you’re asked to turn it on again the next time an app or service tries to use it.

Turn Location Services off for system services. Several system services, such as location-based ads, use Location Services. To see their status, turn them on or off, or show the Location Services icon in the status bar when these services use your location, go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services > System Services.

Turn off access to private information. Go to Settings > Privacy. You can see which apps and features have requested, and you have granted, access to private information. You can turn off each app’s access to each of these categories of information:

  • Contacts

  • Calendar

  • Reminders

  • Photos

  • Bluetooth Sharing

  • Microphone

  • Speech Recognition

  • Camera

  • HomeKit

  • Media & Apple Music

  • Motion & Fitness

Review the terms and privacy policy for each third-party app to understand how it uses the data it’s requesting. For more information, see the Apple Support article About privacy and Location Services.