Apple Maps relies on GPS signals to determine a user’s location and display it on the map. If your device can’t pick up a strong enough signal, either because it has weak signal strength or is in an area with limited GPS coverage, you may get the error “Location Not Available”. And why does it say location not available? This can be due to different factors, and this article will cover everything you need to do to solve the error.
Why Does it Say Location Not Available?
This is a common error that can occur for many different reasons. Common causes include something interfering with the GPS signal, such as tall buildings or trees, a weak signal strength, a problem with the device’s GPS hardware, or insufficient GPS coverage in the area.
If your device cannot determine your exact location for any of these reasons, it will display “Location Not Available”.
How to Fix the Error Location Not Available
Different methods exist to fix the “Location Not Available” error on the Find My Friends app. Below are some of the best methods you can try:
1. Force Close App
The first method is to close the app completely and then restart it. You can do this by swiping up from the bottom of the screen on an iPhone. If you are using a different model of the iPhone, follow these simple steps.
iPhone X and the latest Model
- Swipe up from the bottom of the screen and hold on until you see App Switcher.
- Find My Friends app in the list of apps, then swipe it up to close.
- Relaunch the app and sign in.
iPhone SE, iPod, iPhone 8, and earlier Models
- Double-press the Home button quickly
- Find the Find My Friends app in the list of apps, then swipe it up to close.
- Relaunch the app and sign in.
2. Hard Reset iPhone
A hard reset, or a forced restart, can reboot your iPhone and clear its memory. It’s different from a regular restart because it clears any temporary glitches affecting your phone’s performance.
How to Hard Reset Your iPhone?
To hard reset your iPhone, follow these steps:
- Press and quickly release the volume up button.
- Press and quickly release the volume down button.
- Press and hold the side button (power button) until the Apple logo appears.
Why Does This Help with “Location Not Available”?
Performing a hard reset on your iPhone can clear any temporary glitches affecting the location services on your phone. It’s a quick and easy fix that may solve the problem without further troubleshooting.
3. Update the App
It is recommended to keep the Find My Friends app updated. Check in the app store for available updates, and if any new version is released, download it. To update the app, follow these steps:
- Open the App Store.
- Tap on “Updates” in the bottom right corner.
- Find the Find My Friends app in the list of apps and tap “Update” next to it.
After updating to the latest version, restart your iPhone and open the Find My Friends app.
4. Reset Location Services
Resetting location services can help fix the “Location is Not Available” error. To reset location services, open Settings on your computer and select Privacy, followed by Location.
Now turn off the toggle switch that reads Location for this device, and then turn it back on. This will reset the location services and fix any errors related to your location.
After you have reset location services, try and reaccess the drive. If the error persists, then move on to other solutions.
On your iPhone, open Settings and tap on Location. Now turn off the toggle switch that reads Location Services and then turn it back on. This will reset your location services and fix any errors related to your location.
5. Restart iPhone
Sometimes, a simple restart of your iPhone can solve the problem. To restart your iPhone, press and hold the side button until you see the power off slider appear on the screen.
Swipe it to turn off your iPhone and wait for a few seconds. Then press the side button again to turn on your phone.
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6. Reset Network Settings
If you still have problems with the “Location Not Available” error, you can try resetting your network settings.
To do this, open Settings on your iPhone, select General, and then Reset. Now choose the option “Reset Network Settings”.
This will reset all your network settings, including Wi-Fi passwords and Bluetooth connections.
7. Correct the Date and Time
Incorrect date and time settings can also cause the “Location Not Available” error. To correct this, open Settings on your iPhone and select General. Now tap on Date & Time and turn off the toggle switch that reads Set Automatically.
8. Turn on Share My Location
Doing this will allow the Find My Friends app to access your location. To turn on Share My Location, open Settings and select Privacy.
Now tap on Location Services, followed by Find My Friends, and turn on the toggle switch that reads Share My Location.
This should fix any errors related to your location. After you have enabled this, try to share your location. If the error persists, then move on to other solutions.
9. Update iOS
In some cases, the problem may be caused by a software bug. To fix this, you should update your iPhone to the latest version of iOS. To do this, open Settings and select General. Now tap on Software Update and download the latest version available.
10. Contact Apple Support
If the above solutions do not work, it is best to seek help from Apple support. They will be able to provide you with further assistance and help you fix the “Location Not Available” error.
We hope this guide has helped you understand why does it say location not available and how to fix the error. If you still have problems, please contact Apple support for further assistance. They will be able to provide you with more detailed help and advice.