Location Services not working on iPhone? 11 Ways to fix it!

Fix Location Services not working on iPhone

Whether you are trying to find routes to the nearest café using Apple Maps or track the whereabouts of your Apple devices using Find My, you need Location Services enabled on your iPhone. But what about the rare instances when these services stop working out of nowhere?

To help you avoid such situations, I have created this troubleshooting guide that will walk you through a handful of quick solutions that you can employ to get the Location Services on your iPhone up and running.

1. Ensure that Location Services are enabled

Before you move on to advanced solutions, one of the first things you should do is ensure that the Location Services are enabled on your iPhone.

  1. Go to SettingsPrivacy & Security.
  2. Tap Location Services.
  3. Ensure that the toggle for Location Services is on.

    Tap privacy & security, location services, toggle off location services in settings app

2. Restart the app in question

Often, most issues within apps, including the ones related to Location Services, can be fixed by simply closing and reopening the app that’s facing these issues.

  1. Just open the App Switcher and swipe up on the app in question to close it.

  2. Then, Reopen the app to see if your issues are resolved.

3. Check if the app has Precise Location access

Many third-party apps on your iPhone require your Precise Location data to function correctly. Hence, you must follow the steps below to check if the app in question has access to your Precise location.

  1. Go to SettingsPrivacy & Security.
  2. Tap Location Services.
  3. Select the app which is facing issues.
    For me, it was Find My.
  4. Ensure that the Precise Location is toggled on.

    Make sure Precise Location is enabled on iPhone

4. Check Date and Time settings

Inaccurate Date and Time settings are also known to interfere with the proper functioning of Location Services on iPhones.

Thus, you may want your iPhone to fetch Date and Time automatically from Apple servers over setting it manually.

  1. Go to SettingsGeneralDate & Time.
  2. Toggle on Set Automatically.

    Fix Date and Time settings, go to Settings, navigate to General, select Date and Time, turn on the Set Automatically toggle

5. Check Content & Privacy Restrictions

Location services may cease to function if you’ve accidentally disabled them using the Content & Privacy Restrictions feature on your iPhone.

If you’re unsure about how you can re-enable Location Services, you can follow these steps:

  1. Go to SettingsScreen Time → Content & Privacy Restrictions.
  2. Enter your Screen Time password if you’ve created one.
  3. Tap Location Services and enable the Location Services toggle.

    Check Content and Privacy Restrictions on iPhone

6. Disable Low Data Mode and Low Power Mode

While using Low Data Mode and Low Power Mode can help preserve your iPhone’s battery and cellular data allowance, enabling them can prevent apps from accessing Location Services on your iPhone. Here’s how you can disable them:

  1. Go to SettingsCellular → Cellular Data Options.
  2. Tap Data Mode and deselect Low Data Mode.

    Deselect Low Data Mode on iPhone
  3. Then, go back to SettingsBattery.
  4. Disable the Low Power Mode toggle.

    Disable the Low Power Mode toggle

7. Reset Location and Privacy settings

In case you still can’t get the Location Services running on your iPhone, your best bet will be to reset the Location and Privacy settings to their default values, as detailed in the steps below.

  1. Go to SettingsGeneralTransfer or Reset iPhone.
  2. Tap Reset → Reset Location and Privacy.

    Reset Location and Privacy settings
  3. Type the iPhone Passcode and follow the on-screen instructions.

8. Check for iOS updates

Bugs or glitches within iOS can also render important features like Location Services unusable. If you’re facing a similar issue, it’s good to check if Apple has issued a new iOS update that includes bug fixes to patch such issues, as detailed in the steps shown below:

  1. Go to SettingsGeneralSoftware Update.
  2. Tap Download and install if any update is available.

    Go to Settings, General, Software Update, download and install

9. Perform a hard reboot

If restarting your iPhone didn’t help, performing a hard reboot can fix any software-related issues that may affect the smooth functioning of Location Services on your iPhone. If you want to learn how you can hard reboot your iPhone, check out this guide on how to hard reboot any iPhone or iPad.

10. Perform a factory reset

If most solutions fail, you can perform a factory reset on your iPhone. This will delete all the user data and restore your iPhone to the default settings so you can start anew from scratch.

  1. Go to SettingsGeneralTransfer or Reset iPhone.
  2. Choose Erase All Content and Settings.

    Erase All Content and Settings on iPhone
  3. Tap Continue → Type the iPhone Passcode. Then you may follow the on-screen instructions once the automatic iCloud backup is completed.

    Tap on Continue and Add Passcode on iPhone

11. Contact Apple Support

If you’ve tried all the solutions mentioned above and Location services still aren’t working on your iPhone, it may be time to contact Apple Support and see if they can help you fix the issue over a call.

If not, they will be able to schedule a Genius Bar appointment for you at the nearest Apple Store, where you can get the issue fixed or have your iPhone repaired or replaced.

Location Services on iPhone restored

Thanks to these easy solutions, you should be able to quickly restore the Location Services on your iPhone to navigate routes, track your devices using Find My, check the weather, and more without hitches. However, if you have any queries, feel free to drop a comment in the comments section.

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Ayush is a tech enthusiast turned tech journalist and how-to writer with a knack for explaining complex topics in a clear and concise way. When not writing, you can find him galloping through the wilderness in Red Dead Redemption 2 or driving through the streets of Night City in Cyberpunk 2077.

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