Fix: Your Location is Currently in Use Windows 10

Applications installed on your computer can access Windows 10’s location services to extract your physical location. You will see a system tray icon which says “Your location is currently in use” or “Your location has recently been accessed”. This icon can sometimes get really annoying.

If you want the icon to go away, you can disable location access entirely, control which applications have access to your location or even hide the notification bar so it doesn’t appear again and again.

Applications such as Maps use your location to discover your physical location. It will access your location and show it on the map. Even if you open the weather app, it accesses your location and displays weather according to your area.

Solution 1: Disabling Location using Action Bar

Windows 10 introduced an Action Center where you can find your application notifications as well as different tools to help you access quick settings on your computer. The action center also pertains all the past notifications until you clear them manually. This is very useful if you missed some notification and want to revisit it later on. We can also disable the location using the action center.

  1. Press Windows + A to launch the Action Center.
  2. Now click on the location quick button to toggle your location access on or off. It is as simple as that.

Solution 2: Turn location on or off for this device

You can also change the location of your device using the Settings. You need to be logged in as administrator to perform this function. If you (as an administrator) disable the location settings, all other users will also have their location disabled until you enable it again. However, if you enable it, the other users can either enable or disable their location from their accounts.

  1. Press Windows + S to launch the Search bar and type “Settings”. Open the first application which returns in the results.

  1. Now click on Privacy from the list of subcategories present in Settings.

  1. Now select Location using the navigation pane present at the left side of the screen.

  1. Now click on the “Change” icon present under the heading of Location. A new dialogue box will appear enabling you to either your location or off.

Solution 3: Turn location on or off for your account

If your administrator has already enabled the location of this device, you turn it on or off accordingly. Do note that these changes will be implemented to your user account only. The other accounts will have their settings different from yours.

  1. Press Windows + S to launch the Search bar and type “Settings”. Open the first application which returns in the results.
  2. Click on Privacy from the list of subcategories present in Settings.
  3. Now select Location using the navigation pane present at the left side of the screen.
  4. At the right side of the screen, you will a small subheading “Location service”. Underneath it will be an option to either toggle it on or off. Click it to change the location accordingly.

Solution 4: Change location access of different applications

You can also change location access of different applications using the settings. This method is particularly useful if you want to restrict the location access of a specific application while granting access to all the other ones.

  1. Press Windows + S to launch the Search bar and type “Settings”. Open the first application which returns in the results.
  2. Click on Privacy from the list of subcategories present in Settings.
  3. Now select Location using the navigation pane present at the left side of the screen.
  4. Scroll down to end of the page. Here you will see different applications listed with their permission right in front of them. Change the permission accordingly and exit the Settings when you are done.

Do note that other applications such as your internet browser can still provide your location information to websites who request it. You have to manually disable these settings by opening Privacy on your browsers and unchecking the access location.

Solution 5: Changing location of your account using Registry

You can also execute method 3 directly using a registry file. Registry files make changes to your registry enabling the setting to be turned off in the machine’s protocols. This is a very effective method if you want to avoid the technicalities and details while turning off the location for your account. Do note that similar to method 3, this solution will work if your administrator has enabled the location of your device. If the location is disabled as of method 2, you won’t be able to change it.

  1. Download the Registry file to disable your location and save it to an accessible location.
  2. Double-click the file to run. If you are prompted whether you want to run this file, press Yes.
  3. The registry values will be changed and the location of your account will be disabled.

You can also enable the location of your account using this method.

  1. Download the Registry file to enable your location and save it to an accessible location.
  2. Follow the steps 2 and 3 listed above.

Solution 6: Turning the location on or off for this Device

You can also carry out solution 2 using registry files. This method is particularly useful if you don’t want to indulge in additional menus and want the task to be completed using a single click. Do note that you need to be logged in as an administrator to execute the command. If you (as an administrator) disable the location settings, all other users will also have their location disabled until you enable it again. However, if you enable it, the other users can either enable or disable their location from their accounts.

  1. Download the Registry file to enable the location of this device and save it to an accessible location.
  2. Double click to open it. If you are prompted by the system whether to open the file or not, click Yes.

You can also disable the location of this device using the registry editor as well.

  1. Download the Registry file to disable the location of this device and save it to an accessible location.
  2. Double click to open it. If you are prompted by the system whether to open the file or not, click Yes.

Solution 7: Disabling the Location Notification

If you don’t want to make any changes to your current location settings but don’t want to see the notification, you can easily disable it. This means that your location will still be accessed but you won’t be notified about it.

  1. Press Windows + S to launch the search bar and type “settings” in the dialogue box. Open the first result which comes forth.
  2. Click on “System” from the list of subcategories present in settings.

  1. Select “Notifications and actions” using the navigation pane present at the left side of the screen.

  1. Scroll down until you see the Location notification Toggle it off. Now the notification won’t be shown on your taskbar.
  2. You can also disable the notifications for all the applications by toggling the option “Get notifications from apps and other senders”.

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