How to Disable Location Services on Mac?

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Issue: How to Disable Location Services on Mac?

How can I disable Location Services on Mac OS X? I am concerned about my privacy and want to add an extra protection layer on it.

Solved Answer

Location Services is available on all iOS devices, such as iPhones, iPad, MacBooks, and Macs. This service is enabled by default and allows tracking your location in order to provide the best experience.[1] However, users become more and more concerned about their privacy and do not find the need to reveal where they are.

Mobile devices usually use GPS location to detect where you are. However, once you connect to Wi-Fi[2] with your Mac, it allows knowing your approximate location. Various apps need to know your location in order to provide specific information too. For instance, weather app needs it to provide you the most accurate weather information to prevent you from getting wet in the rain.

However, many other applications might not need to know where you are. Thus, you should limit their permissions to protect your privacy. Of course, you can also disable Location Services on Mac entirely. But it may not give you the desired privacy.

Even if you turn off Location Services, some apps or websites[3] might still track your location using other methods. Unfortunately, full anonymity is impossible. But it doesn’t mean that you should not make data tracking slightly complicated.

Disable Location Services on Mac

Instructions how to disable Location Services on Mac

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As we have mentioned, you can either limit or disable Location Services on Mac OS X. If you are certain of turning off this feature, follow these steps:

  1. Go to System Preferences.
  2. Access Security & Privacy panel.
  3. Go to the Privacy tab.
    Open Privacy tab in Security & Privacy
  4. Click the lock to make the changes at the left lower corner of the window.
  5. Enter the password for your account.
    Enter administrator name and password
  6. Remove the tick form Enable Location Services option.
  7. Click Turn Off button in the appeared pop-up saying:
    Turning off Location Services will prevent you from locating this Mac with Find My Mac.
    Click Turn Off to disable Location Services and remove this Mac from Find My Mac.
    Turn off Location Services
  8. Close System Preferences.

If you ever want to enable Location Services, you have to follow the same steps, but instead of removing the tick, mark Enable Location Services option.

If you want to check which apps are using this service and limit their access, you can do it by following these steps:

  1. Access System Preferences.
  2. Go to Security & Privacy panel.
  3. Open Privacy tab.
  4. Click the lock icon and enter your password (you should be logged in to the administrator account).
  5. You should see the list of apps that are using Location Services. Deselect the checkbox to turn of the settings from the particular app.
  6. Scroll down to the end of the app list until you see System Services line and Details… button. Click it.
    Allow System Services to determine your location pop-up
  7. You will see what specific system services are using your location. After making (or not) changes, click Done button and close System Preferences.

NOTE. If you disable Location Settings for particular apps, you will receive a prompt asking to enable it every time you launch the app. In some cases, applications might not work properly if you do not enable this feature.

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Lucia Danes
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Lucia Danes is the news editor at UGetFix. She is always on the move because the eager for knowledge makes her travel around the globe and attend InfoSec events and conferences.

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