Here's how you can disable Location Services on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Once done, you'll lose certain functionality on your device, but end up gaining precious battery life.
Location Services on iOS is used to determine your approximate location on a map, and is a core feature for certain apps to work, for example Find My iPhone and other location based apps like Foursquare and Swarm. But while Location Services is key to how your device functions, turning it off ends up saving a lot of battery life, as it kills off your device's GPS and stops using WiFi to approximate your physical location. And today, we'll walk you through the process on how to disable Location Services on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
Disable Location Services On iOS
1. Launch the Settings app from your device's home screen.
2. Now tap on 'Privacy' from the list of available options.
3. On top you should see 'Location Services.' Tap on that as well.
4. Simply flick the 'Location Services' toggle to the OFF position and you're golden. You will be required to confirm your action to turn off Location Services, so make sure you confirm that as well.
While we don't recommend turning off Location Services as it ties up directly with core features such as Find My iPhone, but still, on the positive side of things you'll end up saving a lot of battery life when you're out and about. Furthermore, apps like Maps will also cease to work, so that's a big negative for giving Location Services the boot.
There are a ton of features you can turn off in iOS to save battery life, but do keep one thing in mind, if you're experiencing terrible battery retention on your iPhone or iPad, then it's highly likely that your battery calibration is off the scale and needs some fine tuning. If that's the case, then be sure to check out: Calibrate iPhone Battery [How To Guide].
If you're still experiencing bad battery life then it's highly likely that your battery unit inside your device is giving up the ghost, and in that case, you might want to give in your device for repairs or get the battery unit replaced altogether. And if your budget suggests that you can't make the repair leap, then it's a good idea to tone down the features of iOS a little to make things last a bit longer.
It's always a good practice to keep your iOS device's battery cycles going to make things last as much as possible in the long run.