How to Show Location Usage Icon in the Menu Bar in Mac OS X El Capitan

Keep track of apps that use your Location. You can have an icon in the menu bar on Mac OS X El Capitan when any app accesses your location. Check the guide below for details.

Earlier versions of Mac OS X had pre-activated Location icon on the menu bar whenever any app tries to access your location. Same is not the case with the latest version of Mac OS X, El Capitan. Even if you have enabled Location services, you’ll not see any icon like in iOS on your Mac OS X.

Of course, there’s a tiny process you’ll need to do in order to get the location icon on menu bar. The icon disappears once the app stops tracking your location, and it is displayed again when the app accesses your location. We have given a tutorial on how to set this thing, simply refer below for complete details.

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How to Show Location Usage Icon in the Menu Bar on Mac

How to Get Location Usage Icon in Menu Bar in Mac OS X

Step #1. First of all, launch the Apple Menu and head to “System Preferences“.

Click on System Preferences in Mac

Step #2. Now under System Preferences, select “Security & Privacy“.

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Click on Security & Privacy in Mac System Preferences

Step #3. Click on Privacy tab.

Click on Privacy Tab in Mac System Preferences

Step #4. Click on Lock Icon and enter your system password.

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Click on Lock Icon in System Preferences on MacEnter Your Mac Password in System Preferences

Step #5. From the left side menu, select “Location Services“.

Click on Location Service in Mac System Preferences

Step #6. Select “System Services” by clicking on “Details“.

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Click on Details in Mac Location Services

Step #7. Simply check the box beside “Show location icon in menu bar when System Services request your location“.

Show Location Icon in Menu Bar on Mac

Step #8. You can now exit System Preferences and access any app that you think will access your location.

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That’s it; as soon as any app requests your location you will see a compass icon on the menu bar. You can change its position by dragging it left or right. You can also dismiss the icon again by unchecking the box in Step #7.

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Jignesh Padhiyar
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