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iPhone 5 Portable Genius by Paul McFedries

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Configuring Location Services

On your iPhone, location services refers to the features and technologies that provide apps and system tools with access to location data. This is a handy thing, but it’s also something that you need to keep under your control because your location data, particularly your current location, is fundamentally private and shouldn’t be given out willy-nilly. Fortunately, your iPhone comes with a few tools for controlling and configuring location services.

Turning off location services

The next couple of sections show you how to turn off location services for individual apps as well as individual system services. That fine-grained control is the best way to handle location services, but there may be times when you prefer a broader approach that turns off location services altogether. For example, if you’re heading to a secret rendezvous (how exciting!) and you’re bringing your iPhone with you, you might feel more comfortable knowing that no app or service on your iPhone is tracking your whereabouts. On a more mundane level, location services use up battery power, so if your iPhone is getting low or if you just want to maximize the battery (for a long bus ride, for example), then turning off location services completely will help.

Follow these steps to turn off all location services on your iPhone:

1. On the Home screen, tap Settings. The Settings app appears.

2. Tap Privacy. The Privacy settings appear.

3. Tap Location Services. The Location Services ...

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