Location Services Always On iOS 12? Here's the fix


Many Apple users have a complaint that iOS 12 Location Services hollow arrow always on their iPhone/iPad. They said that they can see the location arrow always on the status bar. Here I am going to tell you why the arrow is on the status bar and how to get rid of it.
Why is the arrow on Statu Bar?
If  “Location Services” feature is on, you can see this arrow on Status Bar. This arrow indicates that some item is using your location from your device. If you Turn off Location Services, this arrow will disappear. If you don’t want to turn off Location Services but you want to get rid of the arrow, try below solutions.
Before trying these solutions,

  1. Don’t connect your phone to internet source (Wi-Fi/Cellular Data) when it is not necessary.
  2. Unpair the Apple Watch from your iPhone (if paired). Because the apps on your Apple Watch may use your iPhone location.

Solution 1: Turn off Bluetooth

  1. Go to Settings->Bluetooth.
  2. Make sure that Bluetooth is turned off.

Solution 2: Turn off Locations Services for Weather

  1. Go to Settings->Privacy->Location Services.
  2. Scroll down to find “Weather” and tap it.
  3. Select “While Using the App”.
  4. Then tap “System Services”. Disable all the services which you are not using.

Solution 3: Turn off “Location Service” for some items

  1. Go to Setting->Privacy->Location Services.
  2. Make sure that Location Services is turned on.
  3. There you can see some items such as App Store, Calendar, Find friends, and more.
  4. Select any one of the items. You can see two options: Never and While Using the app. If you don’t want to allow the app to use your location, select “Never” or else select “While Using the app”. Some apps will have three options: Always, While Using the App, and Never.
  5. Likewise, do it for all apps.

Note: If you select “Always” (if available) for any item, that item will use your location automatically when your device is connected to internet source (Wi-Fi/Cellular Data).
Solution 4: Turn off “Wi-Fi Networking”.

  1. Go to Settings->Privacy->Location Services.
  2. Scroll down to find “System Services” and tap it.
  3. Turn off “Wi-Fi Networking”.

Solution 5: Restart your device

  1. Press and hold the Power Button (Sleep/Wake) until the slide to power off Screen appears (OR) go to Settings->General->Shut Down.
  2. Drag the slider to turn off your device.
  3. To turn your device on, press and hold the Power Button until the Apple Logo Appears.

Note: If it doesn’t work out try Force Restart.
Solution 6: Reset Location & Privacy

  1. Go to Settings->General->Reset.
  2. Tap “Reset Location & Privacy”.
  3. Enter your passcode.
  4. Tap “Reset Settings” in the pop-up box.

Solution 7: Reset All Settings

  1. Go to Settings->General->Reset.
  2. Tap “Reset All Settings”.
  3. Enter your passcode and restrictions passcode.
  4. Tap “Reset All Settings”.
  5. Again tap “Reset all Settings” to confirm.

Note: This action will reset all Wi-Fi Networks & Passwords, APN & VPN Settings, and Cellular Settings of your iPhone.
Solution 8: Check for Software Update

  1. Connect your phone to Wi-Fi or Cellular Data.
  2. Go to Settings->General->Software Update.
  3. Tap “Download and Install” if update is available.

If the arrow on Status Bar is your problem,

  1. Go to Settings->Privacy->Location Services.
  2. Tap “System Services”.
  3. Scroll down to find “Status Bar Icon” and turn off it.

Other Solutions:

  1. Restore your phone to Factory Settings.
  2. Make an Apple genius bar appointment.

If you know any other solutions to fix this issue, let us know through your comments.

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