How to Turn off Frequent Locations on iPhone: A Quick Guide

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This is a simple guide on how to turn off Frequent Locations on iPhone.

Did you know your iPhone track and record everywhere you go?

A feature called “Frequent Locations” introduced in iOS 7 tracks, records and stores frequent places you visit and even how long you’ve been there. While Apple says it’s helpful to provide better location-based data and suggestions, some people may find it creepy (including me).

The same feature still exists in iOS 11, and it’s on by default.

The good news is you can disable it. This article will walk you through the steps to turn off the “Frequent Locations” feature on your iPhone.

Disable Frequent Locations on iPhone

1. Open the app Settings

2. Tap Privacy

3. Then, select the very first option: Location ServicesYou’ll find Location Services turned ON by default and all the apps you allow to track your location.

4. Scroll all the way to the bottom and select System Services.

screenshot iPhone settings showing system services
Screenshot: Herby Jasmin/Gotechtor

You’ll see a lot of system services that use your location for various built-in features. You can turn off the ones you think you don’t need. But for the purpose of this guide, jump to step #5.

5. Tap on Significant Locations. It might say Frequent Locations depending on what iOS version your iPhone has.

Apple understand how important these data are, so it requires your passcode, Touch ID or Face ID to authenticate access. Once you’re in, you’ll see a list of all the frequent locations with the dates and time spent in those locations.

screenshot iPhone settings showing significant locations
Screenshot: Herby Jasmin/Gotechtor

You may wonder if Apple is spying on you. According to the company, only you and your iPhone have access to those data. Neither Apple and third-party apps can access that information.

Keep in mind your iCloud backups do not include Frequent Locations. Therefore, if you get a new iPhone, you’ll not be able to retrieve those data.

6. At the bottom you’ll see a list of all the location you’ve been. Tap Clear History to delete them all.

screenshot iphone settings turning off significant locations
Screenshot: Herby Jasmin/Gotechtor

7. To turn Significant Locations off, swipe the slider to the left. If the icon is no longer green, your iPhone will stop tracking locations you frequently visit.

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