Instance Property


A Boolean value indicating whether the app should receive location updates when suspended.


@property(assign, nonatomic) BOOL allowsBackgroundLocationUpdates;


Apps that want to receive location updates when suspended must include the UIBackgroundModes key (with the location value) in their app’s Info.plist file and set the value of this property to YES. The presence of the UIBackgroundModes key with the location value is required for background updates; you use this property to enable and disable background updates programmatically. For example, you might set this property to YES only after the user enables features in your app where background updates are needed.

When the value of this property is NO, apps receive location updates normally while running in either the foreground or background based on its current authorization. Updates stop only when the app is suspended, thereby preventing the app from being woken up to handle those events.

The default value of this property is NO. Setting the value to YES but omitting the UIBackgroundModes key and location value in your app’s Info.plist file is a programmer error.

See Also

Initiating Standard Location Updates

- startUpdatingLocation

Starts the generation of updates that report the user’s current location.

- stopUpdatingLocation

Stops the generation of location updates.

- requestLocation

Requests the one-time delivery of the user’s current location.


A Boolean value indicating whether the location manager object may pause location updates.


A Boolean indicating whether the status bar changes its appearance when location services are used in the background.


The minimum distance (measured in meters) a device must move horizontally before an update event is generated.


The accuracy of the location data.


The type of user activity associated with the location updates.


Constants indicating the type of activity associated with location updates.

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