How to Manage Access to Location Data for Widgets on iPhone and iPad

Without undermining the plethora of brand new features, I think privacy is what defines iOS 14. Whether it’s restricting apps’ access to the local network, forcing apps to ask for permission to watch, and limiting third-party access to Photos, the latest iteration of iOS has put more emphasis on improving privacy. What’s more, you can even manage location data access for iPhone and iPad widgets in iOS 14 or iPadOS 14. If you want to restrict widgets from accessing location services on your device, this quick guide is for you.

Manage Location Data Access for iPhone and iPad Widgets in iOS 14 / iPadOS 14

Unlike before, iOS allows you to set location permissions for a single widget. For example, you can allow an app like Maps to access your location, but choose not to let its widget use your location data. Note that widgets can use your location for up to 15 minutes after viewing.

Now that you know how this privacy feature works, let’s get straight to the point to learn how to control location data access for widgets in iOS 14!

  1. Start Settings iPhone or iPad app running iOS 14/iPadOS 14.

2. Now scroll down and Privacy.

Choose privacy3. Next, select Location Services.

Choose Location Services

4. Next, select application which offers a widget.

Choose the app

5. Under Allow Location Access section, You have multiple options to choose from.

Manage location access for widgets

  • Never: Select to prevent both the app and its widget from accessing your location.
  • Ask Again: Force task for your permission the next time the app/widget wants to access your location.
  • When Using the app or widgets: Allow the app/widget to access your location while you use it.
  • When using the application: Only allow the app to access your location, not the widget.
  • Always: Allow the app/widget to access your location for 15 minutes after viewing.

Easily Manage Access to Location Data for Widgets

Come in! So you can take control of location data access for widgets in iOS 14. If you don’t want an app or widget to use your location forever or more than you need, you should take advantage of this feature.

When talking about privacy, like how to stop an app from accessing your exact location and how to delete Siri dictation and history, I recommend checking out these equally interesting posts.

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