How to Stop Apps from Tracking Your Precise Location on iPhone

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Khamosh Pathak / Geek Instructors

When a ride sharing app asks for your location, it’s for good reason. But some apps unnecessarily request your location to perform minor tasks. This is how you can prevent those apps from tracking your precise location on your iPhone.

This feature was first introduced with iOS 14 for iPhone, which was released in 2020. You can prevent apps from using your precise location. Instead, apps will know your approximate location and won’t be able to pinpoint a street or landmark.

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

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

When you receive the location access message, tap the “Precise” button to enable or disable the precise location feature.

Precise location change in location access popup

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

Tap 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 switch next to “Location Accuracy” option to disable the feature for the given app.

Tap Precise Location to disable 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 how you can be tracked? These are all the ways your iPhone can track your location.

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