How to turn off precise location on Instagram

PRECISE Location is one of the deeper settings on your iPhone – but what does it do and why is it important?

It might sound disconcerting that apps can access your location, but it’s not as scary as it sounds.

You can manage all your location permissions in iPhone settings

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You can manage all your location permissions in iPhone settingsCredit: apple
Apps must ask your permission before accessing your location

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Apps must ask your permission before accessing your locationCredit: apple

What is the exact location on iPhone and Instagram?

When using an app on your iPhone, you may sometimes need to give it “permissions”.

WhatsApp may need access to the microphone so you can send voice notes.

And Facebook may need access to the camera so you can upload selfies.

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Locations are just another form of access you can grant an app.

For example, a game like Pokemon Go needs to know where to work properly.

But there are TWO types of Apple Location sharing – approximate location and exact location – and you can choose which one to grant.

The first is the approximate location, which may be sufficient in some cases.

An app that recommends restaurants doesn’t need to know exactly where you are, just your approximate location.

However, a taxi app may need your exact location to pick you up at the right place.

Precise location is a setting used by Instagram – but also by many other apps.

For example, you can tag your posts with your location or find local businesses.

How to control the exact location

To control all your location data, go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services.

Here you can manage which apps can access your location and under what circumstances.

If an app uses precise location, you can turn that on or off there as well.

You can also choose to allow iOS apps to use your location only once, or only while using the app.

But remember: you may lose access to some features that depend on it.

Is Precise Location safe?

Precise Location is as secure as the app you offer it to.

If it’s a trustworthy app and it’s obvious why it needs your location, you have less to worry about.

However, always try to keep location sharing to a minimum: after all, it is your personal data.

Precise Location can allow awesome features to work properly, so it’s good that it exists.

However, it’s always important to be careful about what you share online.

Consider including your location on social media posts.

While it’s uncommon, there have been police reports in the past of people being victims of crime for over-sharing online.

In August 2022, viral posts began circulating stating that thieves were exploiting Instagram’s “precise location” setting to find targets.

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The Sun could not find any evidence of this hacking – and it is unclear how it would even be possible.

We reached out to Instagram for comment and will update this story with every response.

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