How do I enable Location Services on my mobile device?

Many aspects of the Yelp app, such as check-ins, seeing “Nearby” feeds, and local searches are not optimized unless you allow Yelp to use your device’s location. With location access enabled on your device, the Yelp app will default to your current location when it’s opened and a search is entered. You can change this default location by tapping on the location bar and entering a new one.

You can also adjust your settings to allow Yelp to receive your location while the app runs in the background. This allows you to receive updates about nearby businesses and events via push notification, and better personalizes your local experience on Yelp.

To turn on location access on an iPhone or iPad

  1. Tap on your device’s Settings app
  2. Tap Privacy
  3. Tap Location Services
  4. Toggle the switch to On
  5. Scroll down to the Yelp app icon
  6. Select While Using the App or Always

Alternatively you can change these settings from inside the iPhone or iPad app

  1. Tap More
  2. Tap Settings
  3. Tap Location Services
  4. Tap Location Settings which will take you to your device’s main settings
  5. Tap Location
  6. Select While Using the App or Always

To turn on location access on an Android device

  1. Tap on your device’s Settings app
  2. Tap Location
  3. Tap Google Location Reporting
  4. Tap Location Reporting
  5. Toggle the switch to On
Alternatively, you can change these settings from inside the Android Yelp app
  1. Tap More
  2. Tap Settings
  3. Tap Location Access
  4. Clicking on your current setting will take you to the App info page
  5. Click on Permissions, then Location
  6. Select Allow all the time or Allow only while using the app
You can still search for businesses without turning on location access – just make sure that you are removing the “Current location” option when conducting a search, and that you are entering the city or zip code manually.