How To Get Rid Of The Hollow Arrow On iPhone

How to Get rid of the Hollow Arrow on iPhone?

The hollow arrow on your iPhone indicates that your location may be used by an app or the system under certain conditions. Maybe, you downloaded a weather app that always checks your location. Perhaps it’s your navigation app constantly checking the traffic info around you. Either way, if you don’t want the arrow to appear on the status bar of your iPhone anymore, you’ve come to the right place.

The hollow arrow can be removed in two ways, i.e., If you just want the arrow icon removed but still want system apps to track your location (useful for maps, weather, etc. apps.), or you don’t want the arrow icon and you don’t want apps to track your location.

How to get rid of the Hollow Arrow icon on your iPhone? – 2 Ways!

The two ways that you can use to remove the arrow icon on your iPhone:

  1. Getting rid of the arrow from the status bar and still letting apps/systems track your location.
  2. Getting rid of the arrow and not letting the apps/system track your location.

1. Getting rid of the arrow from the status bar and still letting apps/systems track your location:

Here is a step-by-step guide on removing the arrow but still letting systems/apps track your location.

Step 1: Go to the settings app on your iPhone

Step 2: Scroll down and select the  “Privacy & Security” option.

How to get rid of the hollow arrow on iPhone

Step 3: Tap on “Location Services.”

Tap on Location Services

Step 4: Scroll down and select the  “System Services” option.

Select System Services

Step 5: Scroll down until you find the “Status bar icon”
Step 6: Turn the status bar icon switch off.

Turn the status bar icon switch off

You will no longer see the arrow on your iPhone.

2. Getting rid of the hollow arrow and not letting the apps/system track your location

Here is the step-by-step guide on removing the arrow and not letting the system/apps track your location.

Step 1: Go to the settings app on your iPhone

Step 2: Scroll down and select the “Privacy & Security” option.

Select the Privacy and Security option

Step 3: Tap on “Location Services.”

Tap on Location Services.

Step 4: You will have to manually select the apps in this list with the arrow on the right side.

Step 5: Under the “Allow location access” settings tap on “never.” If you want the apps to use your location while you’re using the app, tap on “While using the app.”This might be useful for some apps such as maps, but you might still see the arrow while you are using the app.

Select Never tap in allow location access
Select while using the app in app store

Step 6: After changing the app location permissions, Tap on “system services.”

Step 7: Turn the settings with a hollow arrow on the right side off.

Location Based Alerts

You will no longer see the arrow, and your location won’t be tracked.

Conclusion

We hope that this article has helped you remove the arrow from your status bar. While it can be useful for apps to track locations, It does bring up privacy and security concerns. If you are worried that your iPhone might be tracking your location always, you can use the second way in this article. You can also turn the location services settings off in private & security settings.

FAQs

Why is there a grey arrow icon on my iPhone?

If there is a grey icon in the status bar of your iPhone, it means that your location was in use by an app or system service in the past 24 hours. You can remove it by following the first way in this article.

How to remove the location icon from the status bar in iOS 15?

The process of getting rid of the location icon is similar to the previous version of iOS. You can follow this article and you won’t see the location icon anymore.

How can I tell if my location is being tracked?

If there is either a grey, a purple, or a hollow arrow icon on the left side of the status bar of your iPhone, that means your location was tracked.

How can I block my iPhone from being tracked?

Go to settings→privacy & security→location services→turn the switch on the right side of location services off.

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