iOS Question How to make it simple for user to pick "Always allow" when using geofences?


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I'm experimenting a bit with geofences on iOS (related thread) and have encountered something unexpected.

When starting the app, the OS asks me (something like):
"Do you want to allow this app to use positioning"

With these options for the user to select from:
  • Don't allow
  • Allow once
  • Allow while app is in foreground

However, as my app needs to react to the geofences while it is in the background, I need to pick the "allow always" option. That isn't available in the list above. To pick that option I need to manually go into the Settings app on the iPhone, find my app and in the Positioning settings there, I can find the "allow always" option.

So my question is, can I do something to make sure the "always allow" is in the initial list presented to the user?

If not, what strategies could I use? (I'm not very tempted to having to instruct the user to manually go into the settings etc - it's just bad user experience.)

I tried searching the forum about this but came up empty. I should also note that I do have a fully updated iPhone, and I do have this key in the code:
#PlistExtra:<key>NSLocationAlwaysAndWhenInUseUsageDescription</key><string>Monitor some region.</string>


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Licensed User
I'm not sure about geofences but for normal GPS background location it is not possible to initially show the 'Always Allow' option. iOS grants this option automatically for a limited period of time if the user selects 'Allow While Using App' and shows an additional dialog with the 'Always Allow' option after the app has been used a couple of times.
A more detailed description of this behavior can be found here (see Allow While Using App section):
What you need to know about the new iOS 13: Location Permissions - Localytics (
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Licensed User
That's interesting, but considering how many nuances there seem to be related to positioning and usage rights, I'm not sure this applies to geofences... :-/

Edit: I read the article again, and it does seem to apply to geofences. I also did some real-world tests, and as far as I can tell the article is correct. I haven't seen this yet, but I imagine I will do so at some point in the near future:
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