How to Manage Location Services on Your iPad mini - dummies

How to Manage Location Services on Your iPad mini

By Edward C. Baig, Bob LeVitus

By using the onboard Maps or Camera apps (or any number of third-party apps), the iPad mini makes good use of knowing where you are. With Location Services turned on, your iPad mini has the capability to deliver traffic information and suggest popular destinations in your vicinity. And at your discretion, you can share your location with others.

iPads with cellular exploit built-in GPS to help determine your location. The Wi-Fi–only iPad can find your general whereabouts (by triangulating signals from Wi-Fi base stations and cellular towers).

If such statements creep you out a little, don’t fret. To protect your right to privacy, individual apps pop up quick messages (similar to the warning presented by Maps) asking whether you want them to use your current location. You can also turn off Location Services in Settings: Tap Privacy and then tap Locations Services to turn off the setting. Not only is your privacy shielded, but you also keep your iPad battery juiced a little longer.


While visiting the Privacy setting, you may want to consult the privacy listings for individual apps on your iPad: Contacts, Calendars, Reminders, Photos, Bluetooth Sharing, and Microphone. If any third-party apps request access to these apps, they show up here.

From time to time on the iPad, you can land in the same destination multiple ways. For example, you can access the same privacy settings via the restrictions settings.