How To Enable Location Services On Mac

How to Enable Location Services on Mac

Here is a complete guide on how to enable location services on Mac [Apple MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac Mini, iMac]. But before getting started, you must know that some Mac users may wish to disable Location Services on Mac completely. This is not recommended for Mac owners, but turning off all Location Services on macOS can be desired for security and privacy concerns.

Disabling geolocation and Location Services on the Mac is quite easy, but doing so by turning off Location Services on a Mac that machine will lose the ability to use important features like Find My Mac, and even simple tasks like using Apple Maps or any web-based map functionalities to get directions from your current location to elsewhere.

Accordingly, most Mac users should probably enable location services, or at least selectively disable location features for the apps they don’t want to use location data. There are several apps in macOS that may want to use your location data, including apps like Maps, iPhoto, and many more.

If you’re looking to continue using specific location-based applications in macOS, you do have the option enable location services on Mac.

How to Enable Location Services on Mac

Enabling Location Services on Mac is a simple, quick process. Here’s what you need to do:

Step 1: Go to Apple () menu and choose “System Preferences”.

How to Enable Location Services on Mac

Step 2: Choose “Security & Privacy”, from the Personal section.

How to Enable Location Services on Mac

Step 3: Go to the “Privacy” tab.

How to Enable Location Services on Mac

Step 4: If the icon in the lower-left corner is locked, click it to authenticate with your admin login password (to unlock the Security pane).

How to Enable Location Services on Mac

Step 5: Check the box next to “Enable Location Services” to enable it. Simple!

how to enable location service on mac

Location Services Indicator

If an app on your Mac is currently using Location Services, an arrow indicator appears in the menu bar. Simply, click it to see which apps are using Location Services. If an app has requested your location within the last 24 hours, an arrow indicator appears to the right of the app name in System Preferences.

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  • I did it. The boxes are checked like the picture. And the Maps program on my iMac still won’t give travel directions, because (it occasionally says) it doesn’t know where My Location is. What else should I be doing?

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