Google Now location settings (iOS app)

Turn off Location Reporting & History

Note: You may notice the Location Services icon location services icon in your status bar after you start using Google Now. It appears because Google Search sometimes reports your location even when you’re not actively using the app. Google Now uses these reports to give you traffic alerts and other updates. Updates don’t require use of the the GPS; they’re optimized to use Wi-Fi and cell towers. So, you should be able to get all of the Google Now features without compromising your battery life.

You can still use Google Now without location reporting and location history turned on, but certain kinds of information, such as commute traffic or reminders, may be limited or won't show up at all. For example, you’ll no longer get notifications for when it’s time to leave for your next appointment, restaurant reservation, or flight.

Turn off location reporting

  1. Open the Google Search app.
  2. Touch the  gear icon on the Google Search app home screen > Privacy > Location. (If you're an on search results page, touch the  icon to return to your home screen.)
  3. Turn the Location Reporting setting to OFF.
  4. Touch Done

If Google Now is turned off on your account, location reporting is automatically turned off and you won’t see the setting on your Privacy page.

Turn off Location History

  1. Visit the Location History settings page
  2. Select disable
  3. Touch save

Even if you turn off Location Services, Location Reporting and Location History, your previously recorded history is still available to Google services such as Google Now.

Delete Location History

  1. Open a web browser and make sure you’re signed in with the account whose Location History you want to manage.
  2. Visit Location History. A page appears that allows you to view your Location History for any date.
  3. Touch Delete all history. You can also delete a portion of Location History, starting from a date you choose in the calendar.
  4. Touch OK.

Turn off location services

iOS6 and iOS7

  1. From the device's Home screen choose Settings > Privacy > Location Services 
  2. Scroll down to the item for Google, and select OFF

iOS5 and below

  1. From the device's Home screen choose Settings > Location Services 
  2. Scroll down to the item for Google, and select OFF

Note: You may notice that Google Search results reflect a rough approximation of your location even when this setting is turned off. This is based on your IP address and recent locations that you've saved.