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How to Fix Location Not Available on iPhone [6 Quickly Ways]

The convenience of having a fully functional computer in my pocket is awesome. It's great for having on the go and for so many tasks. Location is one of the key features of an iPhone, and people these days can't imagine living without it.

However, sometimes your location is not accurate on your iPhone. There could be a few different reasons for this issue. Read on from this post to find out how to fix locations not available on iPhone.

Location Not Available on iPhone

1. Turn Location Services On or Off

Location Services uses GPS, Bluetooth, crowd-sourced WiFi hotspots, and cellular towers to determine your location. If Location Services is disabled in your device's settings, it won't be able to find your location. Here's how you can turn Location Services on:

Step 1: Launch Settings, and then tap Privacy.

Step 2: Tap Location Services, and then make sure it's turned on.

Access your location

Step 3: Scroll down to select the app that can't access your location, and then choose While Using the App or Always.

2. Restart Your iPhone

Restarting your iPhone refreshes the whole system of your iPhone and solves software-related issues. It's also one of the easiest fixes you can try when troubleshooting any problem your device might have. To restart your device, follow these steps:

Step 1: Press and hold the Power button until you see a slider on the screen with the words “Slide to Power off.”

Step 2: Drag the slider to Turn off your device.

Restart Your iPhone

Step 3: After waiting for about 30 seconds, press and hold the Power button again until you see the Apple logo showing up on your screen.

3. Close Find My App And Launch It Again

Sometimes, your location may be unavailable on your iPhone due to some errors in the Find My app. The most effective way to fix this problem is to close the app and relaunch it. Follow these steps:

Step 1: Open the App Switcher by Swiping up from the bottom of the screen and pausing until all open apps appear.

Step 2: Swipe right or left to find the Find My app and swipe it up to close it.

Step 3: Launch the Find My app again and see if your location is available now.

Close Find My App And Launch It Again

4. Toggle Share My Location

If you can't see someone's location on your iPhone, you need to check that their location is being shared with Find My Friends. If it isn't, this could be the reason you cannot see their location.

To quickly make sure “Share My Location” is enabled in the Messages app, follow these steps:

Step 1: Open the Settings app.

Step 2: Tap your name at the top of the Settings menu.

Location Settings app

Step 3: Choose iCloud.

Step 4: Tap Find My.

Step 5: Select Share My Location.

Share My Location

Step 6: Make sure that Share My Location is set to On (green).

5. Correct The Date on Your Friend's iPhone

If you're using the Find My Friends app to share your location with a friend and suddenly, you can't see his iPhone location, there's something wrong with the settings.

This problem can occur by incorrect settings on your friend's iPhone, or it could be a temporary issue related to the Find My Friends app.

Follow these steps:

Step 1: Launch your friend's iPhone and go to “Settings.”

Step 2: Scroll down and tap on the “General” settings.

Step 3: Search for “Date & Time” and tap on it.

Step 4: Toggle the “Set Automatically” to the right so that the iPhone sets the correct date and time.

Search for Date & Time

6. Switch to Cellular Data

If you cannot access your location when using Waze or Google Maps, this is due to an issue with the GPS signal not being gained. You can resolve this by switching from Wi-Fi to cellular data. To switch from Wi-Fi to cellular data, follow the steps below:

Step 1: Tap on Settings and then Cellular.

Step 2: Toggle off Wi-Fi Assist by moving the slider to the left (it will turn from green to gray).

Settings and then Cellular

Step 3: Exit the Settings menu and test your location services in Waze or Google Maps.

Switch to Cellular Data


Q. Why Does It Say Location Not Available iPhone?

If you attempt to use the Maps app and it doesn't seem to find you, one of several problems may be the cause. Maybe your Wi-Fi is slow, or your GPS is not working right. Sometimes it can be a bug that an update will fix, and sometimes it can be fixed by simply turning it on and off again (or resetting all of your network settings).

Bottom Line

While this doesn't happen to everyone, it can be a serious problem. There are a couple of different fixes you can try. You might find that an option listed above works best for you, or you need to try a few before the issue resolves.

Various factors ultimately determine the root cause and locating it will take careful investigation. None of the fixes are guaranteed to solve the issue, but they all give you a fighting chance.