How to grant or deny access to your location with iOS 6 privacy controls

How to grant or restrict access to your location on iPhone and iPad

iOS 6 brings with it granular privacy controls so you can now fine tune exactly what built-in and App Store apps can access your location and share it on a pre-app basis. If you prefer not to have any apps accessing your location, you can disable location services altogether. If you don't want your favorite Twitter app to locate you, you can turn it off while still allowing your Weather app or the Camera access.

How to grant or deny location access the first time you launch an app

Apps have to ask you to use your location the first time you use them. If you would like the app to have access to your location, choose the OK button. If you don't want the app to use your location at anytime, tap the Don't Allow button.

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If you ever need to change these settings you can do so easily.

How to enable or disable location services altogether

When you first set up iOS 6 or a new iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, you'll be asked if you want to globally enable location services. You almost always want to do that, otherwise things like Maps or turn-by-turn navigation could never work, local time and weather wouldn't function, and other services would have to be set up manually or simply not used. If for some reason you later decide you want to turn off any and all access to location, you can do so at any time.

  1. Launch the Settings app from the Home screen of your iPhone or iPad.
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  3. Tap the Privacy tab.
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  5. Tap Location Services.
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  7. At the top there is a tick box for Location Services. Toggle it to the Off position.
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Now no app or system service will be able to use your location.

How to enable or disable location services on a per-app basis

It's almost always a better idea to leave global location on and disable any apps or services you don't want to have that access. The new iOS 6 Privacy controls let you do just that on a per-app and per-service basis.

  1. Launch the Settings app from the Home screen of your iPhone or iPad.
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  3. Tap the Privacy tab.
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  5. Tap Location Services.
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  7. Toggle the On/Off slider to the Off position for any apps or services you want to keep from accessing your location.
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That's it. And if you change your mind, or you find a specific service won't work without access -- for example, Instagram won't work without access to location due to geo-coded information in your photos -- you can always return to the Privacy controls and turn the appropriate app or service back on.

Allyson Kazmucha

Senior editor for iMore. I can take apart an iPhone in less than 6 minutes. I also like coffee and Harry Potter more than anyone really should.

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How to grant or deny access to your location with iOS 6 privacy controls

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I tried it on my iPod because my pokemon tv app keeps saying enable location settings to watch this video on your device but it still shows that my pokemon app isn't in the location settings to where I can turn it on and I've tried everything I could think of I turned it off and back on I even deleted that app and got it back. what should I do now?