How to Turn Off Frequent Locations Tracking on iPhone

How to Turn Off Frequent Locations on iPhone

For some, the  frequent locations tracking feature on iPhone is just a little too big brother. Essentially, your iPhone tracks where you go, and if there is a location you visit often enough, it marks it as a frequent location. Your iPhone uses this feature to predict where you live and work, then give you automatic routing information when you get into your car to drive there. But if this feature is just a little too creepy for your liking, here’s how to turn off Frequent Locations on your iPhone.

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The main benefit of Frequent Locations is your iPhone’s ability to provide predictive traffic routing. You may have noticed (depending on your notification settings) when getting into your car: a small box pops down and says, 15 minutes to Home. That’s predictive traffic routing using the Frequent Locations feature to make it happen. Apple has stated that this data is kept solely on your iPhone and won’t be sent to Apple without your consent. So if you like this feature, feel free to leave it on.

The cons of this argument are obvious enough: it’s like being stalked by your own phone. If looking at the map on your iPhone of all the places you frequently visit gives you the heebie-jeebies, here’s how to turn the feature off.

  • Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
  • Select Privacy.
  • Choose Location Services.

  • At the bottom of the page, tap System Services.
  • Select Frequent Locations.

  • Here you’ll see the History of your Frequent Locations. You can tap on each town you’ve visited to see the places you’ve been, for how long, and on what day.
  • To turn it off, toggle off Frequent Locations.
  • If you’d rather leave it on, you can, instead, Clear History on this page too.

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