Monday, February 1, 2016

Mac Location Services

How to know which apps are using location services on your Mac!

As our reliance on our devices has grown, so to has grown, our devices need, to know our location.

If you are like me, you want to know when your  Location data is being used by your Mac. If you enable the Location Services menu bar, you’ll be able to see when any app is accessing your private location data, making it possible to lock down any apps you don’t want using it. The following is a quick “how to” to get the Location menu bar notice working.  

First, launch System Preferences (on your Mac) and click the Security and Privacy icon.

Next, at the bottom left, click the lock so you can make changes to this page.  Once you’ve done that, click on the Privacy tab (highlighted in red), then the Location Services in the left-hand pane. In the windows on the right (under Enable Location Services) Scroll down to the System Services area and click on the Details button.

Next, click on the checkbox next to “Show location icon in menu bar when System Services request your location” and then press the Done button.

In the picture below, the location icon is enabled on the toolbar as I was using the Maps app.  By clicking the arrow, you are shown which apps are accessing your location via the location data services.   

If your goal is privacy,  you can completely disable Location Data or simply disable it for that particular app (in this case Maps).  Just know, if you do that, your Mac won’t be able to help you if and when you need directions.

I hope you've found this little “how to” has been helpful.   If so, please share it with your friend, co-workers and whomever else you may think can use it!   Until next time, best to you and your devices!

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