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How to See Where Apple Tracks You on Your iPhone and iPad

2018 May 21
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Your iPhone and iPad use Location Services to track places you go that it deems important to you. That’s to help Maps, Photos, and other apps to offer up better location-based information. That’s either really cool, or super creepy, depending on your point of view. Here’s how to see the significant locations where your iPhone and iPad have tracked you.

To see the Significant Locations your iPhone or iPad logged, do this:

  • Launch Settings
  • Tap Privacy
  • Choose Location Services
  • Tap System Services
  • Select Significant Locations

You’ll need to authenticate with Touch ID, Face ID, or your device passcode to see the list of locations. That’s good because you don’t want just anyone seeing where you hang out.

You can see the locations you’ve been that Apple tagged in Significant Locations

My list was pretty interesting. In some cases, the locations made sense—like the coffee shop I frequent near my house. Others, like a perfume shop, were totally off base. The perfume shop is near a business I do visit, but I didn’t even know the tagged business existed until I checked my Significant Locations list.

The list is encrypted and Apple says it can’t read them. If you’d rather not have that list at all, here’s how to get rid of it and keep it from populating again:

  • Launch Settings
  • Tap Privacy
  • Choose Location Services
  • Tap System Services
  • Select Significant Locations
  • Scroll down and tap Clear History
  • Scroll up and turn off Significant Locations

Your iPhone or iPad won’t be able to anticipate your schedule as well, and you may find other situations where you don’t get as useful location information as you previously did. That said, you probably won’t see a huge change in how apps deal with the places you routinely visit with Significant Locations turned off.

Source link: https://www.macobserver.com/tips/how-to/see-where-apple-tracks-you-iphone-ipad/

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