Your iPhone May Be Keeping A List Of Locations You Frequently Visit! Here’s How To Find Out.

You may not be aware of this, but your iPhone may be keeping a detailed list of locations which you frequently visit, and some which I’ve only visited once or twice. It also stores a surprisingly creepy amount of detail for each visit including the dates, times and duration of your visits, the address and GPS co-ordinates of the location and even details on which mode of transportation you take to get there.

According to Apple, this feature is used to learn which places are significant to you and it uses this information to provide suggestions on transport options and places which may be of interest to you. They also claim that the list of locations information is encrypted, stored only on your device and is not used without your consent. Apple isn’t the only one keeping track of your location information, the majority of smartphones make use of this information in some form. Google, for example, does this too, you can access a location history list through your Google account.

Here’s How To See List Of Locations Which Your iPhone Is Storing

Open up your Settings app and then head down to Privacy.

iPhone Settings

Open up the first option, Location Services.

iPhone Privacy Settings

Here’s you’ll see a list of which apps are allowed access to your device’s location and when. Scroll down to the bottom and select System Services.

iPhone Location Services - System Services

Now you’ll see a list of system related functions which have access to your location and an arrow showing you when last the service accessed your location information. Scroll down to the bottom of this list and select Significant Locations.

Select Significant Locations

You’ll now see a pretty comprehensive list of everywhere your iPhone has recently been, organised by city.

iPhone Significant Locations - Clear History

You can open up each city to get more information on specific locations, how many times you’ve been to them, the dates, times and in some cases, how you got there.

For your saved locations in Maps, you can find a lot of information on your recent trips to and from Work or Home, for example.

iPhone Location Information Home

To turn this feature off, you’ll want to head down to the bottom of the list and clear your history first.

iPhone Significant Locations - Clear History

Then scroll up to the top and you’ll be able to toggle this feature on and off.

iPhone Significant Locations

Now that you know how your iPhones location services work, take a look at these 5 iPhone secret codes which you probably didn’t know about.

Have you found your location information stored on any of your other devices? Let us know in the comments section below.

Michael Klements
Michael Klements
Hi, my name is Michael and I started this blog in 2016 to share my DIY journey with you. I love tinkering with electronics, making, fixing, and building - I'm always looking for new projects and exciting DIY ideas. If you do too, grab a cup of coffee and settle in, I'm happy to have you here.


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