Apple and Android devices, for that matter, can use location data for some time for a variety of purposes. However, these goals aren’t just limited to when you’re using the app, and they can even send you notifications or alerts when you’re near a real-world location.
The location services on your iPhone are responsible for a number of useful features. They can help you get directions, find your iPhone if it gets lost, and remind you of something when you arrive at a specific destination. This latter feature includes so-called location-based alerts that trigger app notifications when you are geographically in a specific location.
But you may not like this feature, or you may be worried about your iPhone knowing so much about what you are doing. Our guide below shows you how to turn off location-based alerts so that your device no longer sends alerts when you arrive at your destination.
How to turn off location-based notifications on iPhone 6
- Open settings.
- Select Privacy.
- Select Location Services.
- Tap System Services.
- Disable location-based alerts.
Our article continues below with more information on how to turn off location-based alerts on iPhone, including images of these steps.
Disabling Location Alerts in iOS 9 – iOS 14 on iPhone 6 (Guide with Pictures)
The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 6 Plus running iOS 9.3. However, these steps also work on newer iPhone models like iPhone X or iPhone 11, newer versions of iOS like iOS 14.
When this tutorial is complete, you will turn off the Location Based Alerts option in the Privacy menu. This will stop you from receiving notifications from your iPhone apps based on your current geographic location. There is another related feature called Frequent Locations that you can turn off as well. You can read more about frequently visited places here.
Step 1. Open the settings menu.
Step 2. Scroll down and select the “Privacy” option.
Step 3. Select the “Location Services” option at the top of the menu.
Step 4: Scroll down and select the System Services option.
Step 5: Click the button to the right of Location Based Alerts to turn them off.
You will know that it is off when there is no green shadow around the button. Location-based alerts are disabled in the figure below.
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This article discusses finding and configuring one setting on the System Services screen under the Location Services menu. This screen also includes options that allow you to perform actions such as setting the option to turn cellular search on or off, search for iPhone, or set the time zone. Basically, if you have something on your iPhone that depends on your physical location, you can probably find an option to turn it off in this menu.
There is also an option in the Location Services menu where you can customize the Share My Location feature. If you open this menu, you can specify whether to enable location for the device and use the current iPhone as your location. You can also choose whether to turn off Share My Location entirely.
More information on how to turn off location-based notifications on iPhone 6
While location-based alerts can be a little annoying, and you might not like the constant reminder that your iPhone can coordinate your geographic location with the appropriate app, they do serve a useful purpose. If you are concerned about a specific app using location-based alerts, consider turning off notifications for that app only.
You can turn off notifications for a specific app on your iPhone by going to Settings> Notifications> then selecting the app and turning off the Allow Notifications option.
You can turn off all location services on your iPhone by going to Settings> Privacy> Location Services and then turning off the Location Services option at the top of the screen. Note that this menu also has a Location Alerts option where you can choose whether to display the map in location alerts. Alternatively, you can select individual apps from the Location Services menu and prevent only this app from using your location data.
Another useful tool that your iPhone can provide is location-based reminders. This feature uses geofencing to alert you to a reminder you specify that should occur when you are in a specific location. For example, if you keep forgetting something in a store, you can create a reminder in the Reminders app that will alert you when you are in that store.
To create a location-based reminder, you first need to enable Location Services, for which you can go to Settings> Privacy> Location Services. If you’ve never turned it off before, then it’s probably already turned on. Then open the Reminders app, open a reminder, then select a reminder or create a new reminder. Click the little i button to the right of it, then enable the Location option. You can then choose whether to use your current location when you get in or out of your car, or you can specify your own location.
I think the Reminders app is one of the best ways your iPhone can use your location to make your life easier, and the ability to rely on your phone to remind you of something when you arrive or leave. the place is really very comfortable.
If you’re going to rely on reminders for more things and you have an Apple Watch, then it’s a good idea to make sure you turn on notifications for these apps on your device. You can check this by opening the Watch app, selecting the My Watch tab, selecting Notifications, then selecting an app and making sure it’s configured to display alerts for that app on your watch.