HOWTO | mas­ter Lo­ca­tion shar­ing in iOS 8

There are some very fine, de­tailed op­tions for con­trol­ling how iOS 8 shares your lo­ca­tion

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Global con­trol Lo­ca­tion Ser­vices is tucked

1 away in Set­tings > Pri­vacy. You can switch Lo­ca­tion Ser­vices off com­pletely us­ing this tog­gle switch. You might want to do this if you have a spe­cific rea­son for go­ing dark, or if you need to pre­serve ev­ery ounce of bat­tery life. This op­tion is a pretty blunt in­stru­ment, how­ever, pre­vent­ing lots of fea­tures on lots of apps from work­ing. Shar­ing lo­ca­tion If you have an Ap­ple Watch,

2 the Lo­ca­tion Ser­vices set­tings you spec­ify here will also ap­ply to the Watch. This is im­por­tant to re­mem­ber if you use, for ex­am­ple, the Maps app on the Watch to pro­vide di­rec­tions. Shar­ing is car­ing Tap here to share your

3 lo­ca­tion with friends or fam­ily. The next screen al­lows you to tog­gle lo­ca­tion shar­ing on and off and shows you which de­vice your lo­ca­tion is be­ing shared from, and with whom. You can also re­voke or re­in­state lo­ca­tion shar­ing on a con­tact by con­tact ba­sis. Shar­ing with apps All the apps that would like to

4 ac­cess your lo­ca­tion data are listed, with their cur­rent sta­tus. In this case, the app at the top of the list has been re­fused ac­cess to lo­ca­tion data com­pletely, so any of its func­tions that rely on know­ing your lo­ca­tion won’t work. A third way There are three states for

5 lo­ca­tion shar­ing, at least two of which are avail­able for ev­ery app that uses your lo­ca­tion. For some apps the states are Al­ways and Never. Oth­ers have a third op­tion (in some cases it re­places Al­ways) called While Us­ing the App. Al­low­ing Watch Face com­pli­ca­tions Ap­ple Watch Face is the

6 new­est ad­di­tion to Lo­ca­tion Ser­vices. It al­lows the Watch to ac­cess your lo­ca­tion so it can de­ter­mine the phase of the moon, sun­rise and sun­set times etc. Switch­ing it off would mean that the any ‘com­pli­ca­tions’ that rely on that data wouldn’t be able to dis­play ac­cu­rate in­for­ma­tion.

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