Some apps need to know when youâ€™re in a specific location to work correctly. For instance, if youâ€™ve asked an app to remind you to buy bread when youâ€™re in the grocery store, the app will need to know when youâ€™re in the store. To give you maps to get you where youâ€™re going, or to show you lists of shops or restaurants near you, many apps and services request location information from your device. Thatâ€™s what the Windows 10 location service does: tells your apps and services where you are or where youâ€™ve been, so that you can get info more relevant to you.
Desktop apps are a specific type of app that wonâ€™t ask for separate permission to discover your device location information and wonâ€™t appear in the list that allows you to choose apps that can use your location. What are desktop apps? Theyâ€™re usually downloaded from the internet or installed with some type of media (such as a CD, DVD, or USB storage device). Theyâ€™re launched using an .EXE or .DLL file, and they typically run on your device, unlike web-based apps (which run in the cloud).
Even when youâ€™ve turned off the device location setting, some third-party apps and services could use other technologies (such as Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, cellular modem, etc.) to determine your deviceâ€™s location with varying degrees of accuracy. Microsoft requires third-party software developers that develop apps for our Microsoft Store or develop apps using Microsoft tools to respect the Windows location settings unless youâ€™ve provided any legally required consent to have the third-party developer determine your location. However, to further reduce the risk that an app or service can determine your location when the Windows device location setting is off, you should only install apps and services from trusted sources. For more comprehensive protection of your location, you could consider disabling radio-based components of your device such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, cellular modem, and GPS components, which might be used by an app to determine your precise location. However, doing so will also impair other experiences such as calling (including emergency calling), messaging, internet connectivity, and connecting to peripheral devices like your headphones. Please read the privacy policies of the apps and services youâ€™ve installed to learn more about how they use your deviceâ€™s location.
This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off allowing desktop apps to access your location for your account in Windows 10.