In the past week, Instagram users have come across viral posts and videos claiming a ‘precise location’ toggle on iOS devices that could share someone’s exact location with other Instagram users. Viral posts suggest this was a result of an Instagram or iOS update. Instagram shot down the claims by clearing the air on both the Instagram Comms Twitter account and the official Instagram Creators account, debunking the idea that others can access users’ location data.
👋 We’ve seen a meme going around about how Instagram uses “precise location.”
— Instagram Comms (@InstagramComms) August 25, 2022
Instagram further informed users that ‘Location Services is a device setting on your phone, not a new feature from Instagram.’
In other words, another Instagram user should never be able to know your exact address by clicking on a geotagged photo unless you have chosen to geotag a specific location like a store, by name. However, you have the option to turn off Precise Location on your iPhone if you are not comfortable with the feature enabled.
What Is Precise Location?
Precise Location is a setting on iOS devices that allows apps to use location data. This setting is used by apps such as Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat and others to geotag your photos and videos. This will let others know exactly where the photos or videos were taken.
How To Turn Off Precise Location On Your iPhone
First of all, if you don’t have your Location Services turned on, then the Precise Location is disabled. But if any of your app’s Location Services are set to Ask Next Time, While Using The App or Never, then your Precise Location is most likely enabled.
- Open the Settings app.
- Scroll down and select Privacy.
- Tap on Location Services.
- Go through the apps you want to disable from accessing your precise location eg. Instagram.
- Tap into the app and toggle off Precise Location that is at the bottom of the page.