How to Enable Location Services for an iPad

If you opted out of enabling Location Services when you set up your iPad, you may find that some apps and services request permission to access your location before you can use them fully. If you decide to give access, enable Location Services in your iPad's settings and then choose how individual apps and services can use your location data.

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Enable Location Services

Tap Settings on your iPad's Home screen, open Privacy and select Location Services.

How to enable location access on an iPad
You must enable Location Services before you can can give apps access.
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Tap the About Location Services & Privacy link to learn more about how Apple and third-party apps collect and use your location data. Switch on the slider next to Location Services to enable it.

Learn how Apple uses Location Services
Apple uses your location to tailor information on apps and services.
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Set Location Access on Apps

There are a list of apps that might require location access on the Location Services screen. It's worth going through the list and setting access controls for each app. You may want to give access to some apps but block others. In some cases, you can also restrict when an app can use your location.

Tap an app to see its options and select its level of access. Choose Never to block all access, Always to give constant access and While Using the App to restrict access to times when the app is open and active.

Location access options on an iPad
Tap an option to see a description of how an app might use location data.
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If you select Always, you allow the app to use your location both when you're using it and when it is running in the background. This allows apps to refresh data automatically, but it may drain your battery more quickly. Note that some apps, such as Apple's Weather service, give you the option only to allow or block access. These apps typically need real-time location data to work accurately, so you must give them unlimited access if you want to use them.

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