Location Services / GPS not working on iPhone [Solved]

Some applications in order to function efficiently need GPS or location services to be working fine on the iPhone. But many iPhone users have reported that the location service/GPS has stopped working on their iPhones all of a sudden.

There are numerous reasons why GPS is not working on your iPhone and some of which are listed below.

  • Outdated iPhone software
  • The location services option is turned off
  • Internal technical faults within iPhone
  • iPhone is located in a remote, low-signal area
  • Incorrect Date and Time set on the iPhone

After researching the mentioned points above, we have gathered some more information and compiled a few strong fixes for this issue in the article below.

Preliminary Fixes

Restart the iPhone

When the iPhone has certain problems like GPS, Sound, the Internet is not working, etc. this could be due to some internal technical glitches on the iPhone. So to remove it, we recommend our users restart their iPhones and see if this works.

To restart your iPhone, first, you need to go to Settings > General. Now scroll down the general page to the bottom and tap on Shut Down and move the slider to the right side to completely shut down the iPhone. Next, you have to press and hold your iPhone’s volume up and power buttons together until you see the Apple logo on the screen. This restarts your iPhone.

Update your iPhone

Sometimes, Apple comes up with the latest build for an iPhone after resolving some issues related to some features on an iPhone. If any user has not yet installed this latest update from Apple on their iPhone, it might cause such issues as discussed above. So try updating your iPhone.

For updating your iPhone, you need to launch the Settings app on the iPhone and choose the General option. Now you have to go to the Software Update option on the General page and wait for some time till it searches online for the updates and loads them. After you see any updates available, please download and install them on your iPhone to update it.

Move to a different location

Apparently, some iPhone users do not realize that they are situated in a remote location where there are little to no location signals such as mobile data, network, etc. This might have caused your iPhone to have GPS problems like no location services, etc.

So try moving to a different location where you can find some strong signals and you can see that the GPS starts working again on your iPhone.

Fix 1 – Enable the Location Services option

The common reason behind this issue is nothing but the location services feature is turned off on the iPhone. So to fix it, you need to enable it using the steps mentioned below.

Step 1: Open the Settings app page on your iPhone.

Step 2: Next scroll down the page and click on the Privacy & Security option as shown below.


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Step 3: Now select the Location Services option at the top of the Privacy & Security page.


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Step 4: You have to enable the Location Services option by tapping on its toggle button as shown in the below screenshot.


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Fix 2 – Update the Apps

When Apps are not updated to their latest version, you may find such problems on your iPhone as discussed above in the article. So try updating all apps on your iPhone through App Store using the steps below.

Step 1: Long tap on the App Store.

Step 2: Once the App Store’s context menu appears, select the Updates option from the menu as shown below.


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Step 3: This takes you to the Updates page on the App Store.

Step 4: Scroll down this page and you will find the Updates section.

Step 5: If there are any app updates available, please click Update All at the top as shown in the below screenshot.


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Fix 3 – Allow Access to the Location

Sometimes, you may find that this issue happens only when you are using a certain application on your iPhone and it will usually be caused due to not allowing access to the location service setting for that particular application. To enable the access to location service follow the steps explained below.

Step 1: Firstly, you should launch the Settings app on your iPhone.

Step 2: Scroll down the Settings page after it appears on the iPhone to the list of apps at the bottom.

Step 3: Tap on the application from the list which you wanna allow access to the location setting.


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Step 4: Once it opens, tap on the Location option at the top as shown below.


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Step 5: After that, you have to select the While Using the App option from the list.


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NOTE – You can also choose Always from the list.

This will grant access location to that particular application on your iPhone.

Fix 4 – Check the Date & Time settings

Some iPhone users have reported that they have resolved this issue by setting the correct date and time on their iPhones. So try checking if the date and time are proper or not.

Step 1: To check the Date and Time settings, open the Settings app on your iPhone first.

Step 2: Then scroll down to the General option and tap on it.


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Step 3: Now choose the Date & Time option from the general page menu.


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Step 4: On the Date & Time page, enable the Set Automatically option by tapping on its toggle button as shown below.


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Step 5: This will ensure that the date and time are set to the correct values automatically.

Fix 5 – Reset Location & Privacy Settings on your iPhone

When nothing is working in resolving this issue, all you can do is reset the location and privacy settings on your iPhone. This can be done using the steps explained below in this method.

Step 1: To do this, you should launch the Settings app on your iPhone.

Step 2: Then scroll down and select the General option on the Settings menu as shown in the below screenshot.


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Step 3: At the bottom of the General page, you will find the Transfer or Reset iPhone option which you need to click.


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Step 4: After that, click Reset at the bottom as shown below.


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Step 5: There pops up a context menu on your iPhone screen.

Step 6: From that list, select the Reset Location & Privacy option by clicking on it once as shown in the image below.


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Step 7: It will ask you to enter your iPhone passcode for verification purposes.

Step 8: Now again tap on the Reset Settings option on the confirmation window pop-up on the screen to continue.


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Step 9: It starts resetting your location and privacy settings on your iPhone and the issue will get resolved.