Location Services Not Showing Apps macOS Ventura 13.5? Fix?

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Posted in Errors and Issues by Tyrone on August 7, 2023

Location Services not showing app permissions macOS 13.5

Having problems with Location Services settings after macOS Ventura 13.5 update? Can’t view and change permissions for apps that require Location Services on Mac? This is a widespread bug!

Location Services Not Showing Apps On Mac?

location services not working macos ventura 13.5
This issue has been reported by several users including frenchfries:

“Can’t change Location Services permissions in System Settings. Apps that require access aren’t even listed!”

We can replicate the issue and can confirm that it’s triggered by the macOS Ventura 13.5 update. Only System Services is available in the Location Services screen!

It’s a widespread problem that has been reported on numerous other websites and discussion forums including: Reddit, Apple’s discussion forums and MacRummors.

Important: Location Services permissions work and are still in place, even though the apps are not listed in System Settings -> Privacy & Security.

This issue only fails to show which apps are allowed to use Location Services and thus you’re not able to edit the permissions.

Fix Location Services Not Showing In Settings

According to John C, this problem is caused by the Apple Mobile File Integrity (AMFI) security patch that’s included in the macOS Ventura 13.5 update and described here:
location services bug macos ventura 13.5

Impact: An app may be able to determine a user’s current location.
Description: A downgrade issue affecting Intel-based Mac computers was addressed with additional code-signing restrictions.

Some users claim that this might be a feature change but that’s most likely not the case as the Location Services menu in Privacy & Security still features descriptions like the ones below, without listing the actual apps:
“Allow the applications and services below to determine your location.”
and
“(Arrow) Indicates an application that has used your location within the last 24 hours.”

Apple will have to address this issue in an upcoming software update like macOS 13.5.1. We and many others reported this bug via the feedback app. If you’re encountering it too please confirm in the comments section, to show that this is a widespread issue.

Have you managed to fix Location Services apps now showing in Settings on Mac in some other way? Do you have anything to add about this issue? Share your feedback in the comments.

Related: Check our detailed review of macOS Ventura 13.5 and read about other bugs and workarounds reported by readers!

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