How to configure your Location Services on your iPad

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Privacy is a big deal–especially these days.  Luckily with iOS 8 you’ve got options when it comes to personalizing your privacy settings.  One of  the more configureable settings within Privacy is Location Services.  Location based services are a hot topic these days, especially as we become more and more dependent on our mobile devices to navigate through our roads and our lives.  As with any service, the more informed we are about our choices the better prepared we will be to make decisions.

Here’s how you configure your own Location Services on your iPad.  First, open Settings–> Privacy–> Location Services.  If not already on, slide the tab over to activate.  Location services use Bluetooth and crowd sourced Wi-fi locations to determine your location, so obviously these settings need to be turned on as well to best determine your location.


To share your location with other members of your Family and friends in Messages and Find My Friends. Once you open this option up you can select which one of your available devices you’d like to share your location from.  For further info about how your location services are used and what this means for your privacy check out the highlighted link below the Location Services tab.

By enabling Location Services on you iPad, you agree and consent to the transmission, collection, maintenance, processing, and use of your location data and location search queries by Apple and its partners and licenses to provide and improve location-based and road traffic-based products and services…

Every app that you have granted permission to use your location appears in the running list on the main Location Services page.  Here you can adjust when each app uses you location.  Options range from While Using, Always and Never.  These can be adjusted as often as you like at anytime you choose.


In addition, an arrow will appear next to the app in the list to indicate when your location was most recently used.

  • A purple icon (arrow) indicates that your location was recently used
  • A gray icon indicates that your location was used within the last 24 hours
  • An outlined purple icon will indicate that an app is currently using a a geofence ( a virtual perimeter around a location used to notify you when you arrive or leave a location)

Lastly, you can also configure a variety of System Services that use location services to collect information.  They include the Compass, Find-My-iPad, Alerts, iAds, Time Zone, Share My Location, Spotlight suggestions, Wi-Fi Networking, and Frequent Locations.  This is also a very good place to start when you are looking to improve your battery life as you will be able to monitor usage.


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