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    Turn On or Off Location Services in Windows 10

    How to Turn On or Off Location Services in Windows 10
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    How to Turn On or Off Location Services in Windows 10

    information   Information
    Many Windows and third party apps and services request and use your device location information to provide you with convenient services, such as maps to help you get where you’re going or a list of restaurants near you. Windows location settings give you control over which Windows apps can use your device location and location history information.

    The first time an app that uses the Windows location service needs your device location or location history, the app will request your permission. If you give an app permission, but you change your mind later and don’t want that app to use your location or location history, you can turn off that app’s access to your device location.

    For more information, see: Windows 10 location service and privacy: FAQ - Microsoft Windows


    This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off the location services for your device (PC), account, and apps in Windows 10.

    Note   Note
    If one or more apps are currently using your device location through the Windows location service, you’ll see the Location Name:  Location_icon.png
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    If you use Cortana, then Cortana will need access to your device location and location history to work properly, so the Windows location service must be turned on for your device, user account, and the Search app.


    CONTENTS:
    • Option One: To Turn On or Off Location Service for your Account and Apps in Action Center
    • Option Two: To Turn On or Off Location for this Device in Settings
    • Option Three: To Turn On or Off Location Service for your Account and Apps in Settings
    • Option Four: To Turn On or Off Location Service for your Account and Apps using a REG file
    • Option Five: To Turn On or Off Location for this Device using a REG file





    Turn On or Off Location Services in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Turn On or Off Location Services in Windows 10
    To Turn On or Off Location Service for your Account and Apps in Action Center

    Note   Note
    Location must be turned on for the device by an administrator using Option Two or Option Five before you will be able to do this option.


    1. Open the Action Center (Win+A).

    2. Click/tap on the Location quick action button to toggle location services on or off for what you want. (see screenshot below)

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    Turn On or Off Location Services in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Turn On or Off Location Services in Windows 10
    To Turn On or Off Location for this Device in Settings

    Note   Note
    You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to do this option.


    1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the Privacy icon.

    2. Do step 3 (on) or step 4 (off) below for what you want.


     3. To Turn On Location for this Device

    NOTE: This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on Location on the left side, click/tap on the Change button under Location on the right side, turn on location for this device, and go to step 5 below. (see screenshot below)

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     4. To Turn Off Location for this Device

    A) Click/tap on Location on the left side, click/tap on the Change button under Location on the right side, turn off location for this device, and go to step 5 below. (see screenshot below)

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    5. When finished, you can close Settings if you like.






    Turn On or Off Location Services in Windows 10 OPTION THREE Turn On or Off Location Services in Windows 10
    To Turn On or Off Location Service for your Account and Apps in Settings

    Note   Note
    Location must be turned on for the device by an administrator using Option Two or Option Five before you will be able to do this option.


    1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the Privacy icon.

    2. Do step 3 (on) or step 4 (off) below for what you want.


     3. To Turn On Location Service for your Account and Apps

    A) Click/tap on Location on the left side, and turn on Location service on the right side. (see screenshot below)
    NOTE: This is the default setting.

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    B) Turn on or off apps that you want can use your location, and go to step 5 below. (see screenshot below)

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     4. To Turn Off Location Service for your Account and Apps

    A) Click/tap on Location on the left side, turn off Location service on the right side, and go to step 5 below. (see screenshot below)

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    5. When finished, you can close Settings if you like.





    Turn On or Off Location Services in Windows 10 OPTION FOUR Turn On or Off Location Services in Windows 10
    To Turn On or Off Location Service for your Account and Apps using a REG file

    Note   Note
    Location must be turned on for the device by an administrator using Option Two or Option Five before you will be able to do this option.



    The .reg files below will modify the string value and DWORD in the registry keys below.

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\DeviceAccess\Global\{BFA794E4-F964-4FDB-90F6-51056BFE4B44}

    Value sting value

    Deny = Off
    Allow = On

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Sensor\Permissions\{BFA794E4-F964-4FDB-90F6-51056BFE4B44}

    SensorPermissionState DWORD

    0 = Off
    1 = On


    1. Do step 2 (on) or step 3 (off) below for what you would like to do.


     2. To Turn On Location Service for your Account and Apps

    NOTE: This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Turn_On_Location_service_for_your_account_and_apps.reg

    download


     3. To Turn Off Location Service for your Account and Apps

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Turn_Off_Location_service_for_your_account_and_apps.reg

    download

    4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    5. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    6. If prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    7. If you like, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.






    Turn On or Off Location Services in Windows 10 OPTION FIVE Turn On or Off Location Services in Windows 10
    To Turn On or Off Location for this Device using a REG file

    Note   Note
    You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to do this option.



    The .reg files below will modify the DWORD value in the registry key below.

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\lfsvc\Service\Configuration

    Status DWORD

    0 = Off
    1 = On


    1. Do step 2 (on) or step 3 (off) below for what you would like to do.


     2. To Turn On Location for this Device

    NOTE: This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Turn_on_Location_for_this_device.reg

    download


     3. To Turn Off Location for this Device

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Turn_off_Location_for_this_device.reg

    download

    4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    5. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    6. If prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    7. If you like, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


    That's it,
    Shawn



  1. Posts : 14,998
    Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 14393, Windows 10 Insider Fast Ring, Windows 8.1 Update, Ubuntu
       06 Aug 2015 #1

    Shawn,
    Odd... even turned on it shows as Search an not Cortana, like you said in the other thread. I thought maybe it was because you had her off(I should know better a true computer geek like you would probably be using her).

    That with Cortana, I found out when I reregistered all the store apps using Get-AppXPackage | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"} to fix a problem with Calendar constantly crashing upon opening and Mail giving Error code 0x80070032 when syncing Hotmail(doesn't happen with gmail), anyhow it did fix Calendar but not mail(I'll be doing a clean install in the near future to clean up the Windows 8.1 cruft, so I'm not too worried about it).

    It had turned all location stuff off, so Cortana stopped working, and it took a while to figure out what was happening. So I recommend if someone is having problems with apps that can be accessed over multiple devices check your location settings as a part of your troubleshooting.
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  2.    05 Jan 2016 #2

    Anyone know the relevant registry keys for it that aren't the group policy restriction type? I assume the device location is under HKLM and location for apps is per user under HKCU.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  3. Posts : 20,875
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16199
    Thread Starter
       05 Jan 2016 #3

    Hello Pk King X11,

    I have added OPTION FOUR to the tutorial for a .reg file option.

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/1...a.html#option4
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  4.    08 Jun 2016 #4

    Thank you, I tried the registry changing "download" and it apparently worked. I will now wait and see what happens.


    I appreciate your assistance
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  5. Posts : 20,875
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16199
    Thread Starter
       08 Jun 2016 #5

    I'm glad it could help Julsiel.
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  6.    08 Jun 2016 #6

    Very much appreciated
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  7.    10 Jun 2016 #7

    Hello! I have a big problem. Please guide me: the location of my device is offed and the change botton doesn't work and cortana doesn't work too. What should I do?
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  8. Posts : 20,875
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16199
    Thread Starter
       10 Jun 2016 #8

    Sara7 said: View Post
    Hello! I have a big problem. Please guide me: the location of my device is offed and the change botton doesn't work and cortana doesn't work too. What should I do?
    Hello Sara, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    It sounds like you have stopped and disabled the GeoLocation Service (lfsvc) service that would cause this.


    After disabling the Geolocation Service by changing startup type to Disabled, attempts to re-enable it will fail with an error message. As the Geolocation Service can no longer be started, Geolocation will remain disabled on the device and prevent location based functionality from working. To work around this issue, manually delete the following regkey using regedit:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\lfsvc\TriggerInfo\3.

    From: Windows 10 Enterprise release notes - known issues)

    You can download and merge the .reg file below and approve to automatically delete this registry key for you.

    Delete_registry_key.reg

    Afterwards, enable and start the GeoLocation Service (lfsvc) service. You should now be able to turn on location for your device.

    Services - Start, Stop, and Disable in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  9.    27 Jul 2016 #9

    Here are the group policy admin template locations translated as run commands. They also add the "Some settings are managed by your organization" message on the Settings page, which is ok in my case.

    REG ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\LocationAndSensors" /v "DisableLocation" /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f
    REG ADD "HKCU\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\LocationAndSensors" /v "DisableLocation" /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f
      My ComputerSystem Spec


 
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