How to Prevent Location Tracking on iPhone

iPhones have transformed communication and information access with their remarkable capabilities. One of the devices’ valuable features is location tracking, which, while useful, can also be intrusive.

If safeguarding your privacy is important to you, learning how to prevent your iPhone from tracking your location is crucial. This blog post looks at some of the most effective ways to safeguard your iPhone and prevent this feature from revealing your location.

Read on to learn more!

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1.  Turn off significant locations feature

This feature keeps track of places you frequently visit to provide personalized location-based services. However, third parties can exploit this feature to track your movements. So, you may want to disable it first to protect your privacy.

To turn off Significant Locations on your iPhone, follow these steps:

  • Open the Settings app on your iPhone
  • Tap on Privacy and Security
  •  Select Location Services
  • Scroll down and tap on System services
  • Select Significant locations
  • Toggle off the switch to disable the Significant Locations feature.

Remember that disabling this feature may affect some personalized location-based services you receive, like suggested apps or location-based reminders. However, this is a small price to pay for increased privacy and security.

2.  Deactivate location services

By disabling location services on your iPhone, you prevent apps from accessing your location data without permission. Follow these simple steps to disable location services and block phones from being tracked:

  • Open the Settings app on your iPhone
  • Scroll down and select Privacy
  • Tap on Location services
  • Toggle off the switch at the top of the screen to disable location services completely. You can also toggle off individual app switches to only disable location services for specific apps.

It’s important to note that some apps, such as navigation and weather apps, require location services to work properly. Disabling location services for these apps may result in limited functionality. You can always toggle location services back on for these apps as needed.

If you’re concerned about being tracked while using certain apps, you can only allow them to access your location while you’re using the app. To do this,

  • Select the app under Location Services
  • Choose While Using the App.

3.  Disable location-based Apple ads

Apple also uses your location data to serve you with location-based ads. While these ads can be helpful, some people find them intrusive. If you want to prevent your iPhone from serving you with location-based Apple ads, you can disable this feature by following these steps:

  • Open the Settings app on your iPhone
  • Go to Privacy and select Location services
  • Scroll down and tap on System services
  • Select Location-Based Apple Ads
  • Toggle off the switch to disable location-based Apple ads.

Once you’ve disabled this feature, your iPhone will no longer use your location data to serve you with location-based Apple ads. Remember that you may still see ads, but they won’t be based on location.

4. Restrict share my location feature

Another feature on the iPhone that can potentially compromise your privacy is the ‘Share My Location’ app. This feature allows you to share your location with family and friends. Still, it provides a latitude onto which your location can be tracked without your knowledge.

To disable this feature, use the following these steps:

  • Open the Settings app on your iPhone and tap on Privacy
  • Select Location Services
  • Scroll down and tap on Share My Location
  • Disable this feature by toggling off the switch.

Turning off Share My Location ensures that your location data is not shared without your knowledge or consent.

5.  Use a VPN

A VPN encrypts internet traffic and then routes it through a server located in a different location, making it difficult for anyone to track your location. Here’s how you can use a VPN on your iPhone:

  • Choose a VPN service that is compatible with the iPhone
  •  Install the VPN app on your iPhone and follow the instructions to set it up
  • After setting up the VPN, turn it on before using any apps or browsing the internet.

Using a VPN adds an extra layer of security and privacy to your online activities. It’s especially useful when using public Wi-Fi networks, which are often unsecured and can be easily accessed by hackers.

However, it is essential to know that using a VPN may slow down your internet connection. So, choosing a reliable VPN service that doesn’t affect your browsing speed too much is important.

6.  Turn off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

Wi-Fi and Bluetooth can also track your location without your knowledge. To prevent this, consider turning off the features when you’re not using them. Here’s how you can do it:

  • Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to access the Control Center
  • Look for the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth icons
  • Tap on each icon to toggle them off.

Remember that some apps can still access your location data even if Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are turned off. To prevent this, you can also disable location services altogether, as explained earlier.

This technique and other solutions, such as Clario, are effective in preventing location tracking on your iPhone. 

Final thoughts

Following the above steps can protect your personal information and prevent your iPhone from tracking your location without your knowledge. However, it’s also important to regularly check your privacy settings and stay vigilant to ensure your data stays secure.