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How to Turn on Location Services on Your Smartphone

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From simplifying your online purchases, to getting great deals when you’re out and about, mobile apps offer so many perks. But they can’t do their job unless you switch on location services. Luckily, that’s quick and easy to do in your smartphone settings – this simple guide will tell you how. 

What are location services?

Many of us use location services every day, whether it’s to find our way around, check the weather or search for local services. Having location services turned on also enables your mobile apps to serve you with personalized and relevant content. For instance, you can get notifications about deals at your daily coffee shop, discounts at your local supermarket or suggestions for the best dining options nearby. 

One of the biggest advantages of sharing your phone’s location is that it allows you to be found during an emergency, or find your phone if you lose it. It can also help you keep tabs on your children or other family members. Many social networking apps also have location features to help you find friends nearby. These are just a few of the many reasons why PlotProjects recommends that you enable location services in your mobile apps.

How to turn on location services on iPhone

How to enable location services

Whether you’ve got an iPhone or Android, here’s how to make sure your location is switched on.

How to turn on location services on iPhone

You might have enabled location services when you set up your iPhone.  If not, turning them on is super quick and easy, just follow these steps:

  1. Go to ‘Settings’
  2. Go to ‘Privacy’
  3. Go to ‘Location Services’
  4. Toggle the slider to the right to turn on/green. This means that location services are turned on. In ‘Location Services’, you will also see a list of apps that use your location. Here you can set the type of access you would like each app to have.

Enabling access for specific apps 

Many mobile apps need to know your location in order to function properly, however privacy features are pretty robust and apps need to ask for your permission first. This differs slightly between iOS and Android, with iOS offering more tracking options. The first time an app needs to access your location, you will get a notification asking for permission.  As of iOS 14 you can adjust each app’s location permissions individually with four options to choose from.

To turn on location services for specific apps, follow these steps:

  1. Go to ‘Settings’
  2. Go to ‘Privacy’
  3. Go to ‘Location Services’
  4. Scroll down to find the app you want to adjust
  5. Tap the app and select ‘Always’, ‘Never’, ‘While Using the App’ or ‘Ask Next Time’

How to turn on location services on Android 

Similar to iOS, location settings on Android are often enabled during setup, however you can enable them anytime using the following steps:

  1. Go to ‘Settings’
  2. Go to ‘Location’
  3. Move the slider to the right for on/green
  4. Go to ‘Mode’
  5. Select the preferred mode from ‘High accuracy’, ‘Battery saving’ and ‘Device only. High accuracy uses GPS, WiFi and mobile networks. Battery saving uses WiFi and mobile networks. Device only uses GPS to estimate your location. 
  6. If presented with a location consent prompt, tap ‘Agree’
How to turn on location in Android

Should location be on or off ?

You can switch location off if you would rather not let apps know your whereabouts, however this may result in the app not being able to function properly. Turning it off also means you might miss out on location-based services, deals and promotions. To turn off location services, simply go into your phone’s location settings and toggle ‘Off’. 

Be careful about doing this though as it means many services you use every day will be disabled. For example, your map apps won’t be able to help you find your way, your photos won’t attach a location when you take them, and you’ll lose the benefits of popular location-based apps like Uber, Deliveroo, activity-tracking apps, money-saving apps or any other mobile apps that rely on location services. 

Location-based mobile apps

Are you a business with an app? Do you need support with geofencing and location-based marketing? Then contact PlotProjects today. With many years of experience and expertise, our solution is hailed as the best in the industry for both big and small businesses alike. You can read our recommendations for convincing your users to opt-in for notifications here.

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