Control your location data
Sometimes you’re happy for apps to know your location, sometimes not…
Because sometimes you’re happy for apps to know your location, and sometimes not…
Your iPhone or iPad uses multiple sensors to track your location. By combining data from GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and mobile phone cell towers, it can create a pretty accurate picture of where you are. It can be a very useful tool for maps, navigation tools and Apple’s own Find My Friends and Find My iPhone apps. But, very reasonably, there may be occasions when you want to keep your location data private.
Fortunately, iOS 8 makes it very easy to give and revoke permission for apps to access location data. And it makes it very clear when your location is being shared and with which apps.
The first thing to note is that newly installed apps must ask you for permission if they want to access location data. This is done via an alert which pops up the first time you open the app. If you give permission, that app can access location data whenever you use it, until you revoke permission.
Whenever any app is using your location data – for example, if Google Maps is giving you directions – the tiny location icon is displayed at the top of the screen. It disappears again when the app stops using your location. Kenny Hemphill