Which App is Using GPS on My iPhone 6?

Your iPhone 6 is able to determine your geographical location based on a variety of factors. This location information can then be used by the apps that you have installed, provided that you have given them permission to use location services. If an app is using, or has recently used location services, then there will be a small arrow in the status bar at the top of your iPhone.

Some apps will use your location information more frequently than others, and it can be confusing when you see the arrow icon at the top of your device’s screen, and you cannot determine why an app would have recently used it. Fortunately there is a menu on your iPhone that you can check to find out which apps have recently used GPS on your device.


See Which Apps Are Using GPS in iOS 8

The steps in this article were written with an iPhone 6 Plus, in iOS 8. These same steps can be used on devices that are using iOS 7.


Step 1: Open the Settings menu.

open the settings menu



Step 2: Scroll down and select the Privacy option.

open the privacy menu



Step 3: Select the Location Services option at the top of the screen.

select the location services option



Step 4: Scroll down and locate an app that has an arrow next to it. You might notice that some apps have a solid purple arrow, some have an open purple arrow, and some have a gray arrow.

locate an app with an arrow next to it



Each different colored arrow has a separate meaning. You can see what each arrow means at the bottom of this menu, as in the image below.

see what each different color arrow means



If you no longer wish for an app to have access to location services, then you can turn it off. Simply select the app for which you want to disable location services –

select an app



Then select the Never option to prevent it from having access to your GPS information.

select never to turn off gps for that app



Are you running out of storage space on your iPhone? This guide can show you some common items to delete which can free up space for you to download new apps, music, or movies.

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