Location services allow your iOS devices, with your permission, allow apps and websites to determine your approximate location based off things like cellular, Wi-Fi and GPS networks. The applications are endless–restaurant suggestions that cater to your location, maps, you name it and any app can use your location in some capacity. But are there scary downsides to using it? We spoke to leading tech experts to learn more:
Not Checking Your Settings
"Having location services enabled on your iPhone is convenient if you want accurate directions or local weather from your phone. However, as you add apps and allow them to access your location, many default to 'always' in the settings," technology analyst Amy Smith of Fit Small Business tells us."
Dary Merckens, CTO of Gunner Technology, agrees. "The worst mistake you can make when enabling location services for the iPhone is not selecting the option to allow location services when the app is in use," he explains. "A lot of people just constantly allow the app to use location services, which is both unnecessary and a major drain on your phone's battery life." True!
Use It On An Airplane
"The worst mistake you can make when enabling location services on your iPhone is to keep it on when you are on an airplane,"Danielle Radin, trained in digital forensics through the Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute tells us. "It will uselessly drain your battery." Yikes, we don't want that!