How to turn off location-based suggestions on Mac

Most of the default applications including Mac OS X take your location for searches to suggest things. For example, if you are looking for in Spotlight "fast food" on your Mac, you will find local fast food nearby appear. This feature is known as location-based suggestions.

Many users may not like this feature, especially its wish to keep some privacy. Therefore, we will show you how to disable (or enable) the location-based suggestions on Mac.

This is specific to macOS 10.12 and later, although earlier versions of Mac OS X have a similar option available in the same section, but with different wording. However, it can still disable Spotlight location suggestions in previous Macs.

How to turn off location-based suggestions on Mac

  • Go to the Apple menu and choose "System Preferences"
  • Select "Security and Privacy"
  • Go to section "Privacy" and click on the lock icon and authenticate so they can make changes
  • Choose "Location Services" on the side menu
  • Scroll down the list until you see "System Services" and click on "Details"
  • Uncheck to turn off the feature, or check the box to activate the "location-based suggestions" box *

Salt system preferences

* In macOS 10.12 and subsequent location feature is labeled as "location-based suggestions" whereas in previous versions of Mac OS X setting is specific to Safari and Spotlight and labeled as "Suggestions Safari & Spotlight".

Remember that if you disable this feature, your search queries on Mac with Spotlight, Safari, Siri, etc., may not suggest places nearby, a feature that most people enjoy and appreciate.

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