Apple keeps a record of all frequent locations visited as the iPhone tracks your duration spent at the location and what type of transportation was used to get there. This is done by a small device which logs all your locations and how many times you have visited them by tracking your ‘Significant Locations’.
Apple claim this allows them to provide a personalised service such as traffic routes and help in building photo memories. Google also records user’s location data, through location history found if you have a Google account activated on your phone.
The location data is encrypted and stored on your iPhone and it is not distributed without consent. Do look at this part of your device, it is a bit creepy.
If you want to stop Apple from tracking your ‘Significant Locations’ follow the steps to turn it off and delete the history from your iPhone, so the data is untraceable.
- Open the Settings app and click the Privacy tab.
- Then click the first option which is Location Services.
- Scroll to the end of the page and click System Services.
- Then you will see a list of the inbuilt Apple services you have allowed access to your location data.
- Continue scrolling and click on Significant Locations, a password, fingerprint or face ID will be requested.
- Then you will see a list of all your locations, you can even find the exact addresses visited and the duration spent at that location.
- Scroll to the end and click Clear History.
- Scroll back up to Significant Locations, click the screen and finally this secretive feature is removed!
It is likely that Apple may still have access to your data, at least you can prevent access to your location data.
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