Location Services Not Working On Mac: Here’s Fix

Last Updated on May 13, 2021

Several macOS users having an issue with the Location service that isn’t working on Mac. Some apps are not displaying any data or Wrong Information on Mac app like Find My, Apple Maps, Weather, Voice Memo, Date & Time, Widget on Mac.

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Here are the Important settings to Enable the Location service for all apps and customize for selected apps only.

Enable Location service on Mac

First, you have checked and Verify the location service is on for your Mac and allows you to use it by installed apple’s native apps and Third-Party Apps. Follow the below steps,

  1. Click on the Apple Logo from the top Mac menu > System Preferences > Security & Privacy > Unlock the Window and Click on the lock icon. unlock-location-service-option-on-mac-settings
  2. Enter mac login password. [Location Service Option is Grayed out]unlock-setting-on-mac
  3. Enable the Location services to enable on your Mac.enable-location-services-option-on-mac
  4. Next, select the checkbox for Enable location service for an app installed on Mac.
  5. And Last option details, Make sure the options are selected.enable-precise-location-services-on-mac (1)
  6. That’s it.

If the location service setting doesn’t work after enabling from mac settings then follow the below troubleshooting to diagnose the issue all the time.


Here’s the quick solution that causing the issue with location service on Mac, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air [Intel or M1].

1: Disable VPN:-

Turn off VPN on your Mac completely or Remove VPN profile from Network System Preferences. here’s a Complete guide on Manage VPN on Mac.

  • Open VPN program on Mac and Disconnect.
  • Or, Apple Logo > System Preferences > networks > Select VPN from left side of window > Disconnect.

2: Remove Antivirus:-

Sometimes antivirus blocking your internet connection and disabling the location service for privacy reasons. so you can browse the internet under Geo protection. Sometimes internal Antivirus software bug can fix after the update. make sure your Antivirus program is updated.

Uninstall Cleaners if installed: Some Auto Mac Cleaner software delete the system file from mac system. or Then won’t allow the creation of a data file. I recommend deleting that software or uninstall Complately from Mac.

3: Safe Mode [M1 or intel]:-

Safe mode on Mac determine the issue that causing the problem on Mac startup and Load the installed software. The safe mode procedure is different for M1 Mac and Intel Mac, identify which mac [M1 or intel] you have.

Safe mode on M1 Mac:-

  1. Shut down your Mac then Wait for 20 seconds.
  2. Next. Press and hold the power button (Touch ID) on Mac, until you see the Startup Volume and Options [Settings icon] on the screen.
  3. Select Startup Volume and Click on the Continue option.
  4. Next, Press and Hold on the Shift key and click on Continue in the Safe mode option.
  5. Release the shift key once you see the Mac login screen.

Safe Mode on Intel Mac:-

  1. Shut down your Mac then Wait for 20 seconds.
  2. Turn on your Mac, Next, Quickly Press and Hold on the Shift key until you see the MacOS Login screen.
  3. Now you are in safe mode check the issue is fixed.

if the issue is fixed, then Restart your Mac and Exit from safe mode.

As a result, Mac location service doesn’t work then Follow the other solutions like create a new File system for a new account on the same mac.

Delete Location Token from Keychain Access On Mac:-

Open Keychain Access on your Mac from Spotlight Search and Search “locat” from top search, You will see Four results [in my case], Select all and Delete the file. Now, Keychain Automatically Regenerate new file. and Your Problem will fix itself.

4: Test with New Account:-

Using this technique we can diagnose the issue with Software installed on your Mac or Corrupted files in your Account.

  • Go to the Apple logo from top Mac meu > System Preferences > Users & Groups > Unlock the Window [Click on lock icon] > Click on the Plus icon to add a new account > Select Administrator as a new account.

That’s it.

This solution isn’t helpful on Mac Location service problem then fix all kind of MacOS issue after reinstall macOS.

5: Reinstall MacOS:-

Reinstallation macOS On Mac, Doesn’t affect the data saved on your Mac. but install a new copy of macOS On your Mac.

Recommend: Backup your Mac in Time Machine.

Follow the below steps for Reinstall macOS In Recovery mode without USB or Disk.

M1 Mac:-

  1. Shut down your Mac then Wait for 20 seconds.
  2. Next. Press and hold the power button (Touch ID) on Mac, until you see the Startup Volume and Options [Settings icon] on the screen.
  3. Click on options [Settings icon] > Reinstall MacOS.Reinstall MacOS
  4. Continue, with the on-screen setup instructions for Install a new copy of macOS from the Apple Server.

Intel Mac:-

  1. Shut down your Mac, and Turn on your Mac.
  2. Quickly Press and Hold on the Command + Option + R until you see the “macOS Utilities” window on the screen.
  3. Next, Select reinstall macOS Option > Continue.
  4. Follow the on-screen macOS installation process and That’s it.

6: Contact Support:-

if none of the solutions is helpful to fix the important location service feature on your Mac, then you can diagnose with the apple support team online or Book Reservation at apple genius bar.

Jaysukh Patel is the founder of howtoisolve. Also self Professional Developer, Techno lover mainly for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and iOS, Jaysukh is one of responsible person in his family. Contact On: [email protected] [OR] [email protected]

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