How to disable ‘Frequent Locations’ tracking on your iPhone

iPhone Frequent Locations

Following a report this morning in which China called the iPhone’s “Frequent Locations” feature, which was introduced in iOS 7, a “national security concern,” we figured it would be a good idea to provide a guide on how to disable Frequent Locations on iPhone. If you do not want Apple storing a list of locations in which you frequent, including the date, time and address, follow these step-by-step instructions.

Keep in mind that Apple uses the Frequent Locations feature to personalize your experience in the Today view on Notification Center, such as calculating the distance from your home to office. By disabling this feature, or clearing your location history, you will be affecting this functionality on your iPhone.

How to turn off Frequent Locations on iPhone

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Step 1: Tap on Settings.

Step 2: Tap on Privacy.

Step 3: Tap on Location Services.

Step 4: Tap on System Services.

Step 5: Tap on Frequent Locations.

Step 6: Toggle off Frequent Locations.

How to clear Frequent Locations history on iPhone

If you keep the feature enabled, you have the option to clear the history of frequent locations if you want by following these steps.

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Step 1: Repeat Steps 1 – 5 above.

Step 2: Scroll down to the History section.

Step 3: Tap on Clear History.

Keep in mind that Apple uses the Frequent Locations feature to personalize your experience in the Today view on Notification Center, such as calculating the distance from your home to office. By disabling this feature, or clearing your location history, you will be affecting this functionality on your iPhone.

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