Microsoft Details Location Consent Prompts And Settings Improvements In Windows 10 Mobile

Windows 10 Mobile Location

Based on user and developer feedback, Microsoft has made number of improvements related to consent prompting for location and it applies to all apps running on a Windows 10 Mobile device, regardless of which OS version the app was created for.

What’s New:

  • The removal of location consent prompts in the Store prior to app install and app update. This allows users to more easily download your app and stay up to date.
  • The addition of system-provided runtime location consent prompts when location is first requested. This prompt will happen automatically on behalf of your app and you no longer need to create your own custom prompt and handle the logic behind it.
  • A new API, Geolocator.RequestAccessAsync, that allows you to request location access (see the sample). Note: The user is only prompted once per app. After the first time they grant or deny permission, this method no longer prompts for permission. Apps should call the RequestAccessAsync method before accessing the user’s location. In order to ensure the consent is shown the first time, your app must be in the foreground and RequestAccessAsync must be called from the UI thread. Until the user grants your app permission to their location, your app can’t access location data. To ensure back-compatibility for existing apps that do not use the new API, the new consent prompt will be fired automatically when app first tries to acquire the current location.
  • System provided per-app location ON/OFF toggles will appear in the Settings app (Settings>Privacy>Location) to allow users to control location permission on a per-app level. These show up automatically for all apps that have the location capability, so you no longer need to create your own custom ON/OFF toggles and handle the logic behind them. Note: The store policy requiring custom ON/OFF toggles within your app we will removed for Windows 10 Mobile when updated store policies are published next week.

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