What Does "Location Permissions Off" Mean on Life360?

by J. Robertson Macaulay D. Young Updated On Oct 12, 2023 Published On Mar 31, 2022 Tips

When you see "Location Permissions Off" for any of your circle's members in Life360, does it mean that you will no longer be able to track that person?

How users can hide or change their location when using Life360 is a complicated issue and sometimes you don't know what any of these notifications mean.

Here, we will show you this particular notification to help you determine what it means and how it affects the function of the Life360 app.

What Does "Location Permissions Off" Mean on Life360?

The 'Location permissions off' status on Life360 indicates that the users have either disabled the device's location services completely or have turned off GPS permissions specifically for Life360.

Location Permissions Off

How to Enable or Disable Location Services Completely

Life360 is a fantastic app that helps you stay connected with your loved ones and ensures their safety. One of its essential features relies on location data, enabling features like in-app maps, Place Alerts, and location sharing with your Circle.

To make the most of Life360, you'll need to grant it access to your location. If the user declines to allow Life360 to access location services, the status "Location permissions off" will be displayed next to their names and Life360 won't be able to track their location in real time.

For iOS:

This is how to turn on or off location services on iPhone devices:

  • Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
  • Tap on Privacy.
  • Tap on the switch next to "Location Services" to turn it on or off.

turn off location services on your iphone completely

For Android:

  1. Open your device's Settings app.
  2. Tap either the "Connections" or the "Privacy" tab (the label varies by device; some devices simply skip to the next step).
  3. Select "Location."
  4. Toggle the switch to on or off.

turn off location services on your android completely

How to Turn On or Off Life360 GPS Permission

In this section, I'll walk you through the simple steps to turn on location permission for Life360 on iOS and Android devices.

For iOS:

  1. Tap on Settings to access your device's settings.
  2. Scroll down the list of options until you find "Life360."
  3. Within the Life360 settings, you'll find various options. Look for "Location" and tap on it to access the location settings for the app.
  4. In the Location settings for Life360, you will see an option that says "Always." Tap on this option to ensure that Life360 can always access your location.
  5. To get the most accurate location data, toggle "Precise Location" to the "On" position. This ensures that Life360 can provide accurate and up-to-date information.

Location permissions off

For Android:

  1. Unlock your Android device and locate and tap on the "Settings" app.
  2. Scroll down the settings menu until you find "Location" or "Location Services."
  3. In the Location settings, you may see a list of apps that have requested location access. Scroll down until you find "Life360" and tap on it.
  4. To grant Life360 continuous access to your location, tap the option that says "Allow all the time." This ensures that Life360 can provide real-time location data.

Android Location permissions off

What Does "Location sharing paused" and "Precise location off" Mean?

Location sharing paused

If the user disables Location Sharing within Life360, the status "Location Sharing Paused" appears next to the user's name.

location sharing paused

 

The Location Sharing Paused status appears when you take a break from sharing your location. This is how to do it:

  1. Tap the Settings icon inside of Life360.
  2. Select the circle with which you do not want to share the location. To do so, select the circle from the Circle Switcher at the top of the screen.
  3. Select the Location Sharing option and turn off the slider.

location sharing paused

Here's the neat part: Pausing location sharing in one Circle won't affect your sharing status in other Circles. So, if you have multiple groups of friends or family you're connected with, you can enjoy privacy with one group while still sharing your location with another.

Precise location off

If a user disables precise Location from the Privacy settings, the "Precise Location Off" status will appear next to the user's name.

Precise Location Off status

Here's how to do it:

  • Step 1: Go to your phone's Settings app.
  • Step 2: Select the Privacy option.
  • Step 3: Locate the Location Services option under Privacy.
  • Step 4: Then find Life360 from the list of the apps that have been granted location permission.
  • Step 5: Scroll to the bottom of the screen to find the Precise Location setting and turn it off.

Precise Location Off

Things to Know

It is worth pointing out that Life360 doesn't have a button that will turn off all features. If you want to turn off the features in Life360, then you will have to do so individually.

You can also do so, by logging out of the app, but logging out will still show your last recorded location. There is therefore no way to prevent a circle member from turning off one or all tracking members even if you are the admin.

The decision to share their location is completely in their hands because of the controversy that surrounds location sharing and privacy. Location sharing whether with Life360 or any other similar app is a contentious issue.

While it may be able to keep users safe, some users find its activities a violation of their privacy.

You can however turn off the location sharing on the device or even choose to spoof the Life360 location to get a bit of privacy when you want to and then revert back to sharing your location when the situation calls to.

J. Robertson Macaulay D. Young

Mako is a technical writer with a passion for all things tech. Whether you're wondering about how to fix your iPhone or Android device or trying to get something to work in your settings, Mako is your go-to for professional help. He loves writing, testing solutions, and most of all, making sure his research is factually accurate.

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