Location Sharing Status Bar Icon

It can be easy to forget how often and broadly your location is being shared. iOS includes a Location Sharing Icon you can use to see when this data is being sent, and you can even see exactly which apps or options have recently accessed your private data.


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To enable the Location Bar Status Icon:

  • Settings > Privacy > Location Services > System Services (scroll way down)
  • Status Bar Icon - ON

To check which apps have recently been sent your location:

  • Settings > Privacy > Location Services
  • Look for grey, purple, or outline triangle next to sharing setting
    • Grey means access in last 24 hours
    • Purple means access very recently (not defined by Apple)
    • Hallow means may get access, probably based on geo-fence locations

To check which System Services have recently been sent your location:

  • Settings > Privacy > Location Services >System Services
  • Look for grey, purple, or outline triangle next to feature settings toggle
    • Grey means access in last 24 hours
    • Purple means access very recently (not defined by Apple)
    • Hallow means may get access, probably based on geo-fence locations

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