The latest version of ios It has some frankly surprising functions that many times we either don’t notice them or just don’t know how they work in the background on our iPhone.
Perhaps one of the lesser known is the locate feature, which secretly keeps the places you visit frequently and wherever you travel. This information is stored locally on your device, so neither Apple nor anyone other than you has access to the information.
However, you may find so much boring tracking, for which you have to do the following.
How to view your location history
If you want to see your location history, here’s what you need to do:
- Go to your iPhone settings.
- Scroll down and select “Privacy”.
- Tap “Location Services” at the top.
- Scroll down and tap “System Services”.
- Again, scroll down and tap “Important Places.”
- You will need to enter your password or use Face ID.
The next screen will show you the history of your positions for the last months. If you tap on one of the locations in the “History” section, it will remember the different places you have visited.
For example, a visit to a parent has been recorded, so it is possible to see on what day and for how long the visit took place.
While it may seem difficult to understand how this information could be useful, be aware that your iPhone can use it to provide you with better service. If iPhone knows that you usually travel to your work destination on a particular schedule, Siri Suggestions will show you the related information.
The family visit could be useful for the COVID-19 app as it will record how long you were at the address. With this information, your Apple device can know which places are important to you, with personalized services based on the date.
Either way, you are the only person who has access to this information, as everyone would need your password, face, or fingerprint to unlock them. Plus, Apple points out that everything is end-to-end encrypted. Even Apple couldn’t see it.
How to clear your location history
Even so, some people may prefer that their phone not record these movements or make such a trace. To stop data collection and delete location history, follow these steps:
- Follow the steps above to access your “Location History”.
- To delete your history, scroll down and tap “Clear history”.
- To stop recording your important locations, press the green button until it turns gray.
Keep in mind that if you stop recording this information, it is possible that the operation of some of your applications and services is affected, such as Maps, Search or Photos.
Also, keep in mind that this not only deletes the information on your iPhone, but also the information on all other devices registered and associated with your iCloud account.
Original article published in Macwelt.