How to Disable Location Services in Windows 11

This post shows students and new users how to disable or turn off location services in Windows 11 to prevent apps from accessing their device’s Location.

For some apps to function properly, they need to know where you’re located and where you’re connecting from.

Windows location services is a feature that enables certain Windows features such as auto setting the time zone or Find my device or other apps to discover your device location information.

This can be good for some users, but it raises some privacy issues for others.

If you feel that location service in Windows 11 is evading your Privacy, you can turn it off for all apps to prevent accessing the Location. The steps below show you how to do that.

To get started with disabling location services in Windows 11, follow the steps below

How to turn off location service in Windows 11

Windows 11 has a centralized location for the majority of its settings. Everything can be done from system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows from its System Settings pane.

To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + I shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings as shown in the image below:

Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.

Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. In Windows Settings, click Privacy & security, and select Location on the right pane of your screen shown in the image below.

On the Location settings pane, toggle the button to the Off position in the highlighted section to disable Location services. Windows can use your device’s capabilities to determine your Location.

Turning it off here will disable location service in Windows and block access to all apps from accessing your device’s Location.

Alternatively, you can enable Location services for Windows OS to use your devices’ capabilities and provide useful information like weather information or find your device, but turn off all other apps.

You can also turn the app’s location service on and off for individual apps on the list.

How to Enable Location service in Windows 11

If Location service is disabled in Windows and you want to use it because you’re not getting weather information or find your device isn’t working, reverse the steps above.

Go to Start => Settings ==> Privacy & security ==> Location and turn on Location service.

That should do it!


This post showed you how to enable or disable device location service in Windows 11. If you find any error above, please use the comment form below to report.