Unable to Turn on Location Services after iOS 11 Update? Find Solutions Here

“After I updated my iPhone software to iOS 11 public beta 1, I can’t seem to turn my location services on. How do I go about fixing this problem?”

Usually, you can simply turn on Location Services on your iPhone and iPad, under Settings > Privacy. Only when Location Services is enabled, you can use some iPhone features and apps like Find My iPhone, Share My Location, Maps, etc. However, you may be unable to turn on Location Services on iPhone and its icon is grey out after updating to iOS 11 public beta 1. That’s disturbing. Therefore, in this post, we offer 4 tips that probably be helpful to troubleshoot the issue.

Also read: Should I update to iOS 11?

Unable to Turn on Location Services after iOS 11 Update? Fix with 4 Tips

1. Turn on “Allow Changes” for Location Services

If you can’t enable Location Services in iOS 11, a good first step is to check Restrictions for location services on iPhone. Then, have a try again.

  • Step 1. Proceed to Settings > General > Restrictions.
  • Step 2. Scroll down and tap Location Services, then choose “Allow Changes”.
Choose Allow Changes for Location Services on iPhone
Choose Allow Changes for Location Services on iPhone

2. Restart or force restart your iPhone

Generally, restarting iPhone is a very easy and always helpful tip to fix the most iPhone issues.

To restart iPhone: hold and press Sleep or Wake button, slide to Power Off and then press Sleep/Wake button until you see Apple logo.

How to fix unable to turn on Location Services on iPhone
How to fix unable to turn on Location Services on iPhone

Or force restart your iPhone by following the below steps:

On iPhone 6s and earlier: hold both the Sleep/Wake and Home buttons for at least ten seconds, until you see the Apple logo.

On iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus: hold both the Sleep/Wake and Volume Down buttons for at least ten seconds, until you see the Apple logo.

3. Reset all settings on iPhone

If you are unable to turn on Location Services in iOS 11, you can try to solve it by resetting all settings on iPhone. This way probably fix bug that lead to the issue, and won’t delete any data on your device. Go to Settings > General > Reset > Reset All Settings.

Reset all settings to fix unable to turn on Location Services
Reset all settings to fix unable to turn on Location Services

4. Switch cellular data or Wi-Fi to off and then to on

According to feedback on Apple forum, switching cellular data or Wi-Fi to off and then to on works for some users to solve “unable to turn on Location Services” problem.

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