Tweak 2: Location Services
The fact that your iPhone knows where you are at all times is not just a privacy issue but a battery issue too. For example did you know your iPhone has been tracking you everywhere you go? You can imagine the excess strain this puts on your battery and the privacy implications.
The constant data gathering via GPS and cell towers causes the battery life to degrade quickly. So the good news is that you can enjoy more privacy and ensure your battery last longer at the same time. How? By tweaking the location services on your iPhone.
Before I go into the details of how to make these changes let me say that location services can be great. In some cases they are essential to ensure your apps work properly so I don’t recommend that you turn off Location Services entirely. Instead you can tweak the settings to increase battery life and privacy while still having your iPhone work properly.
How To Tweak Location Services
1. Tap Settings
2. Scroll down and tap Privacy
3. Tap Location Services
4. Tap Share My Location and switch this off.
Please note: If you want to be able to share your location with your family and friends in the Messages app, then leave this on, but be careful: If someone wanted to track you, this is how they’d do it.
5. Tap ‘Privacy’ at the top left to go back.
6. Scroll all the way to the bottom and tap ‘System Services’.
7. Turn all of option off except:
- ‘Find My iPhone’ – so you can locate your iPhone if you lose it
- Motion Calibration & Distance – so you can use your iPhone as a pedometer. If you don’t use this feature turn it off as well.
8. Scroll down and tap Frequent Locations and turn it off.
9. Tap ‘System Services’ at the top left to return to the main System Services menu.
10. Scroll to the bottom and turn on Status Bar Icon. That way, you’ll know your location is being used when a little arrow appears next to your battery.
11. Tap ‘Location Services’ at the top left to go back to the main Location Services menu.
12. Scroll through all your apps and turn off Location Services for ones that don’t need to know where you are.
Notice apps that have purple or gray arrows next to them. Do these apps need to know your location to work? If they do, that’s fine – leave them alone. If they don’t, tap on the name of the app and choose ‘Never’ to prevent the app from draining your battery.
More tweaks on the next page.