How to Enable or Disable Location Services in Ubuntu Linux

This post describes steps you can take to turn On or Off location services in Ubuntu Linux.

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

Ubuntu Linux geolocation, or location services, uses cell tower positioning, GPS, and nearby Wi-Fi access points to determine your current location for use in setting your time zone, and by applications such as maps.

When enabled, it is possible for your location to be shared over the network with a great deal of precision.

If you feel that location services in Ubuntu Linux are evading your privacy, you can turn this feature off or if you don’t mind, turn it back on.

Below is how to turn on or off location services in Ubuntu Linux

How to turn on or off location services in Ubuntu Linux

As mentioned above, location services in Ubuntu Linux are used to determine your current location for use in setting your time zone, and by applications such as maps.

Below is how to enable or disable it in Ubuntu Linux.

Ubuntu Linux has a centralized location for majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating, all can be done from the System Settings panel.

To get to System Settings, open the Activities overview and start typing Settings.

Alternatively, click on the System menu at the top-right corner of the top bar on your desktop.

On the System menu, select Settings as highlighted below

In the Settings app, click on Privacy tile to expand.

In the Settings -> Privacy -> Location Services settings panel, toggle the Location Services switch to On or Off.

If the Location Services is off, you can re-enable this feature by setting the Location Services switch to On.

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to enable or disable device location services in Ubuntu Linux. If you find any error above or have something to share, please use the comment form below to report.

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