How to Reset Location and Privacy Settings on an iPhone

This minHour teaches you how to restore your original location and privacy settings on an iPhone or iPad. When you restore your original settings, all the permissions that apps use to keep track of your device's location and provide services like weather and GPS will be revoked. Once you perform a location and privacy settings reset, apps won't be able to use your location information until you allow them to do so.


Open your iPhone’s Settings.

The Settings icon has gray cogs on it, and it’s usually found on one of your home screens, or within a folder called “Utilities.”

Tap the General menu.

It’s in the third group of settings.

Tap the Reset.

It’s at the bottom of the menu.

Tap Reset Location & Privacy.

It’s at the bottom of the menu.

Enter your passcode.

This is the code you use to unlock your iPhone or iPad. Once your code is validated, a confirmation message will appear.

Tap Reset Settings.

Once you reset these settings, you will need to re-enable location services for apps that you want to allow to collect your location data.

  • If you don’t want to reset all of your location and privacy settings, you can learn how to Turn Off Location Services on an iPhone for individual apps.

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