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Several users have reported that they are experiencing their iPhones’ and iDevices’ location services not working or they discover that their iPhone location’s not accurate. As a reminder, your iPhone’s location services uses cellular, Wi-Fi and GPS data to determine your location. iOS: Location Services Not Working, fix

 

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iPhone Location Not Correct? Check Your Apps

Some apps may use this information (Maps, Siri, Safari, Camera, etc.is). For instance, Siri uses your location information to help you with your request. If you are experiencing issues (e.g. Siri, or Maps, does not know where you are), you may try the following troubleshooting tips to fix your problem. Go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services > Location Services AND any apps that are enabled. If they are greyed out, check if you have any restrictions on. Go to Settings > General > Restrictions to check.

Improve Your iDevice’s GPS accuracy

GPS accuracy depends on the number of visible GPS satellites. Locating all visible satellites often takes several minutes. Under usual circumstances, GPS accuracy increases over time. So to improve GPS accuracy, try the following: make sure the date, time, and time zone are set correctly by going to Settings > General > Date & Time > Set AutomaticallyApp Store app crashing, fix

Try to keep a clear view in several directions. Walls, vehicle roofs, tall buildings, mountains, and other obstructions often block line of sight to GPS satellites. When this happens, your device uses WiFi or cellular networks to determine your position until the GPS satellites are visible again.

Location Services Not Working Tips

  • Ensure that location services are  set ON:
    • iOS current-6: Settings > Privacy > Location Services
    • iOS 5-4: Settings > Location Services
  • Reset network settings:
    • Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings
  • Restart your iDevice (iPad, iPhone or iPod touch) by powering off and then back on
  • Turn location services off and on again Is Your iPhone’s Location Services Always ON? Here's Why

Perform a Forced Restart

  • On an iPhone 6S or below plus all iPads & iPod Touches, press Home, and Power at the same time until you see the Apple logo.
  • For iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus: Press and hold both the Side and Volume Down buttons for at least 10 seconds, until you see the Apple logo.
  • On an iPhone X or iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus: Press and quickly release the Volume Up button. Then press and quickly release the Volume Down button. Finally, press and hold the Side button until you see the Apple logo

Reset location and privacy

  • Settings > General > Reset > Reset Location & Privacy

  • When you reset your location and privacy settings, apps stop using your location until you grant them permission

When Location Services is on, your iDevice periodically sends that geo-tagged location of nearby WiFi hotspots and cell towers to Apple to augment Apple’s crowd-sourced database of WiFi hotspot and cell tower locations. So if you’re concerned about your individual privacy, set location services OFF or use it mindfully.

Turn on Background App Refresh For WiFi and Cellular

The main downside is battery drain when background app refresh is enabled for map apps using cellular data. So be mindful.

About your location during emergency calls 

For safety purposes, your iPhone’s location information may be used when you place an emergency call to aid response efforts regardless of whether you enable Location Services.

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