How to see which apps are accessing your location in iOS 15

Deepak Gupta July 9, 2022
Updated 2022/07/09 at 2:29 PM

A surprising amount of apps use your location – even apps that may have no real reason to do so. Some of these apps probably collect your data and sell it to interested parties, making your location anything but private. However, you can see which apps access it, and stop this tracking if you wish.

So find out today how to see which apps are accessing your location in iOS 15 and how to stop them.

It's a smart idea to occasionally take a trip through your list of apps and see which apps have access to your location data. From there, you can choose how these apps access your data and completely restrict your access.

Important: Turning off data for specific applications will cause them to lose some or all of their functionality. For example, the Meteorology will not work if location services are turned off. Likewise, the Maps app cannot give you directions without the services being turned on.

How to see which apps are using your data

To find out which apps have access to your location, follow these simple steps:

1. Go to "Settings" on your iPhone.

2. Scroll to "Privacy".

3. Then go to "Location services".

From this list, you can see which apps are using your data. It's worth reading how many currently have access to your data.

How to restrict access to your location services

1. From the "Location services" menu, click on the application you want to restrict access to.

Once in the section for the individual application, you can restrict access by selecting one of the following options:

  • Never
  • Ask next time or when sharing
  • When using the application
  • When using the application or widgets
  • Ever

note that not all options listed above will be available for every application.

To completely disable the services, just in the "Location services" menu, disable the option, as shown below.

If you want to turn off tracing for each application, you can. However, as indicated above, this will prevent many apps from working as intended.

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