Windows 10 Users Demand A Dedicated App To Manage Location Services In The OS

Today we are constantly interacting with different location services apps on our Windows 10 PCs than ever before. These apps have drawn a lot of criticism over the past few years. These apps are considered to be a primary source of earning revenue for companies.

We can not deny the fact that location services can be beneficial for Windows 10 users in many cases. However, those who fail to use them properly are putting their privacy at risk.

Furthermore, the situation is worst when users can’t find a simple way to manage their location services. Needless to say, we have to go through a series of steps to manage them.

Location Services Management Isn’t Easy In Windows 10

Many Windows 10 users are of the opinion that there are numerous apps that silently keep tracking your location. Notably, Google Chrome is one of them because you don’t see a notification in the taskbar when the browser accesses your location.

It is worth mentioning that it is a serious privacy concern and Microsoft needs to address this issue on a priority basis. Redditors highlighted the fact that Microsoft should implement a feature that can be used to track which apps are accessing their PC’s location.

A Windows 10 user writes on Reddit: “Please make Windows 10 show what application is using my location just like what it does for microphone usage. ”

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Source: Reddit

Probably, a dedicated Location Services app is a viable solution to this problem. The user has already submitted feedback to Microsoft with the Feedback Hub app. The feature request was supported by many other users. However, it remains to be seen if such an idea sees the light of day.

For now, the only workaround is to enable an option called Default location in Windows 10. The option allows you to set a default location for your PC which can then be used by all location-based apps installed on your system. As the Location Service remains disabled in that case, the tool makes it impossible for the apps to recognize your current location.

Please head over to the Feedback Hub and upvote the feature request to support the suggestion.

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Alex Schoff


Alex is a technology reporter with a particular interest in Microsoft and Windows. He keeps a close eye on major developments related to Windows 10, Google Chrome, Office 365, and more.
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