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How to know which iPhone applications have access to my location and how to turn it off

How to know which iPhone applications have access to my location and how to turn it off
One of the first actions of the applications is to access some functions of the smartphone to function properly. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

When installing a app the user is requested to access some features of the smartphone to function properly, they can be access to the internal memory, the contacts, the location of the device, etc.

From that moment, the Applications Those who requested these accesses will be able to activate them and maintain their functions by default and without requesting permission again. However, some of these platforms keep features such as email tracking enabled. GPS.

In case the users want it, it is also important that they know how to identify those applications that have access to the Location in real time, in addition to knowing how to deactivate this function

When installing a new application on a device, one of the first actions it executes is to request access to some functions of the smartphone in order to function properly.  (photo: Five Days)
When installing a new application on a device, one of the first actions it executes is to request access to some functions of the smartphone in order to function properly. (photo: Five Days)

Device location access permissions

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It is advisable that when giving access to any function, read the indications that are presented regarding the way in which access to the GPS Of the device. Users will be able to see a dialog box with three options: “Allow once”, “Allow while app is in use” and “Don’t allow”.

That popup box also has an additional button that says “Precision: Active” with which you can configure if what you want is to share the Location exact of device or use a rough estimate. And at that very moment, it will be possible to identify what Applications are the ones who have access to this information and remove their permission.

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GPS permissions for iPhone apps.
GPS permissions for iPhone apps.

How to turn off exact location tracking

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To remove permission to use the GPS to the applications that are installed on the devices, users must follow these steps:

– Open the Settings app in the iphone.

– Select the Privacy option and safety.

– Then Services location it should appear on and click on it.

– In this section will appear all the Applications who have access to the location by GPS of the device, in addition to the condition of use of the signal (Allow once, while the application is in use or do not allow). If you want to withdraw permission from one, you just have to touch its icon within the list.

– Within the system settings for this app, users will be able to find a switch indicating that pinpointing is active. With a touch it can be turned on or off.

Disable GPS for iPhone apps (9to5mac)
Disable GPS for iPhone apps (9to5mac)

Once the Location exact is turned off, applications will be able to track the device but the location will not be accurate. In case you want to completely withdraw the access permission to the GPSyou will have to press the “Never” option at the top of the menu.

Similarly, if you want to turn off all tracking by applications, you must turn off the main switch for Application Services. Location.

If the owner of the iphone perform this action, it is possible that some of the applications do not work correctly or that they present minor failures, such as transport applications. In case a constant synchronization with the service of locationit is recommended that when granting permissions to applications, the option “Allow only when in use” is pressed so that the GPS is linked to them precisely only when it is used.

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