Category: location

How to Control Location Access for Websites on Mac with Safari

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Don’t want a particular website to be able to access your location when using Safari on the Mac? Or maybe you’re tired of those location request pop-ups when visiting certain websites? Or maybe you’ve just decided you’d like to revoke a particular sites access to your location data? With Safari in macOS, this is all easy, as you have site-specific permissions for location access, similar to Safari on iPhone and iPad.


Giving the user control over their privacy and data is at the forefront of many Apple features lately, and location data accessed via the…

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How to Block Location Access for Websites on iPhone & iPad

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Tired of a particular website asking to access your location when you visit it from iPhone or iPad? As you may have noticed, some websites throw up a pop-up message requesting location access, and while sometimes this is necessary for the site to function (say, a maps or delivery service), others are most certainly not. If you’d like to, you can completely block location access with the help of Safari in iOS and iPadOS.

Similar to how apps installed on our iPhones and iPads request location access to unlock certain features or show us personalized ads,…

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How to Share Arrival Time with Maps on iPhone

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Looking forward to meet up with your friends, family, colleagues, or an appointment? If you use Apple Maps as your preferred navigation tool, you will be able to share your routes estimated time of arrival with any of your contacts right from your iPhone. Not only is ETA sharing convenient, but it also offers a way to give the recipient an idea of how long it’ll take to get to a destination, but without using the using the location sharing feature directly.

We’ve all been in a situation where we had to tell people how long it’s going to take before we…

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How to Disable U1 Chip on iPhone to Prevent Background Location Tracking

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If you’re a privacy buff who owns an iPhone 11 or iPhone 12 (or better), you might want to disable the U1 chip on your iPhone to prevent it from tracking your location in the background.

The U1 is a custom chip developed by Apple just like the H1 and W1 chips that were made for AirPods. However, unlike the other two chips, the U1 chip is designed to precisely determine the distance between U1 chip-equipped devices. The U in U1 stands for ultra-wideband, a short-range radio technology used for wireless data transmission. However, this technology is prohibited…

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How to Manage Which Apps Access Location Data on iPhone & iPad

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Many iPhone and iPad apps use Location Services to provide users with personalized content based on their location. However, if you’re concerned about your privacy, you can control which apps have access to your location data on your device.

Not all apps access your location data in the same way. Some of them only track your location while you’re using the app, whereas others use your location even in the background, which could even drain your devices battery faster too. The approximate location of your iOS or ipadOS device is determined not just with GPS,…

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How to Turn off & Delete Google Location History on iPhone & iPad

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Do you use Google Maps on your iPhone or iPad? If so, depending on your settings you may find that Google uses Location History to keep a track of all the locations you’ve visited over time. This data is then used to provide personalized recommendations that are specific to your location across Google services.

While some of the recommendations and history can be helpful, other users might not want Google to constantly track their whereabouts and store this information, especially if you’re a privacy buff. This is exactly why you have the option to disable…

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How to Delete Significant Locations on iPhone & iPad

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Significant Locations is a feature that allows your iPhone or iPad to keep a record of all the locations you’ve frequently visited, and that the device considers to be significant – typically this is directly relational to the frequency of going to that destination. This information is then used to provide you tailored suggestions and alerts in Apple Maps, Calendar and Photos app.

Consider this feature to be Apple’s version of Google Maps Location History. Now, before you start worrying about your privacy, keep in mind that Apple doesn’t see or read…

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How to Know When Someone Leaves or Arrives at a Destination with Find My on iPhone & iPad

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Do you want to know when your friends or family members arrive at a destination, or when they leave a particular location, without having to call them? Thanks to a nifty Find My feature, you can receive location based notifications right on your iPhone or iPad when someone else leaves or arrives at a destination.

As you may already know, Find My allows users to track lost Apple devices, and also to share your location easily from the Find My app with other people, as well as keep an eye on others locations too. It’s a great feature for friends and families,…

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How to Remove Location Data from Photos Before Sharing on iPhone & iPad

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The camera app on the iPhone and iPad collects geographic data of all the photos you take by default (though geotagging photos can be disabled on the camera). This is called geotagging, which essentially lets you know where exactly the photo was captured. Although this is a useful feature to have, considering how easily you can find specific photos from one of your trips by simply heading over to the Places section within the Photos app, it comes at the cost of privacy.

Sure, this might not be a deal-breaker if you’re just going to keep the photos to…

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How to Find a Lost iPhone, iPad, or Mac with Find My from iPhone or iPad

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Apple’s Find My app and service is a wonderful way of locating and hopefully retrieving lost iPhones, iPads, and Macs. So if you think you’ve misplaced or lost a device, don’t freak out. As long as you’ve done a little setup beforehand – we’ll get to that later – you can use an iPhone or iPad to find your missing device.

This article will show you how to find a lost iPhone, iPad, or Mac by using the FindMy app from an iPhone or iPad. You can also perform this action on a Mac as detailed here if for example you misplaced an iPhone but have your Mac…

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