What Does "Location Permissions Off" Mean on Life360?

by J. Robertson Macaulay D. Young Updated On Mar 15, 2024 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?

Understanding how users can hide or change their location when using Life360 is complex, and sometimes these notifications can be confusing. Here, we will clarify the "Location Permissions Off" notification on Life360 to help you determine what it means.

What Does "Location Permissions Off" Mean on Life360?

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 a user declines to allow Life360 to access location services, the status "Location Permissions Off" will be displayed next to their name, and Life360 won't be able to track their location in real-time.

Location Permissions Off

How to Turn Off or On Location Permissions for Life360?

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

In this section, I'll guide you through the steps to accomplish this.

Option 1. Enable or Disable GPS Permission for Life360 Only

For iOS:

  1. Tap on Settings.
  2. Scroll down to find "Life360."
  3. Tap on "Location."
  4. Tap on "Always" to ensure that Life360 can access your location at all times. Alternatively, choose "Never" to disable location permission for Life360.
  5. Toggle "Precise Location" to the "On" position.

Location permissions off

For Android:

  1. Navigate to the Settings app.
  2. Tap on "Location."
  3. Select "Life360."
  4. Tap "Allow all the time" to grant location permission to Life360, or tap "Deny" to disable location permission for Life360.

Android Location permissions off

Option 2. Enable or Disable Location Services Completely

For iOS:

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap on Privacy.
  3. Toggle 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 on "Location" or "Location Services."
  3. Toggle the switch to on or off.

turn off location services on your android completely


What does "Location sharing paused" mean on Life 360?

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

location sharing paused

To pause location sharing:

  1. Tap the Settings icon inside Life360.
  2. Select the circle from the Circle Switcher.
  3. Toggle off the Location Sharing slider.

location sharing paused

What does "Precise location off" mean on Life 360?

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

Precise Location Off status

To turn off precise location:

  1. Go to your phone's Settings app.
  2. Select Privacy.
  3. Navigate to Location Services.
  4. Find Life360 and turn off Precise Location.

Precise Location Off

Things to Know

It's worth noting that Life360 doesn't have a button to turn off all features at once. If you wish to disable features, you must do so individually.

Logging out of the app will still display your last recorded location. Therefore, there is no way to prevent a circle member from turning off tracking, even if you are the admin.

The decision to share location is at the user's discretion due to privacy concerns surrounding location sharing. While it may enhance safety, some users perceive it as a privacy violation.

You can choose to turn off location sharing on the device or spoof your Life360 location for privacy, reverting to sharing when needed.

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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