iPhone App Location Privacy Settings (iOS 17)

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App Location Settings

Your privacy is important & location data is valuable. Many apps can collect and sell your location data. They can often collect location data even when the app is in the background (not currently open).

Let's take our power back. Here is a definition list for location settings:

  • Never Do not allow the app to have access to my location
  • Ask Next Time Require the app to ask your permission next time it needs your location. This is one of my favorite new features in iOS 15
  • While Using the App Share the location with the app while the app is currently running and active
  • Always Share your location with the app even when the app is in the background.
Developer explanation as to why they need your location data.

From the Home Screen tap the Settings icon, select Privacy & then find Location Settings.

Go through each app, and mark either Never (if you’re not sure why the app needs your location), or While Using. Some apps can save you time by using your current location (Google Maps, Uber, etc). For those handfull of apps select "While Using". If you aren't sure why this app needs your location select Ask Next Time. And when it needs your location you will be prompted.

Do not select Always. There are very few reasons of an app to have access to your location while in the background. If the app really needs it, they can notify you when you're in the app.

When you tap into an app, you'll see the explanation the developer has given to request for your location data. If it doesn't seem necessary, just mark it "Never".

Read about Location System Services Settings

Adjust Location Settings to Never or While Using to prevent apps
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