Your phone tracks everywhere you’ve been – See (and delete) it

Google knows more about you than your best friends. That includes (if you have the right settings enabled) where you go and even the pictures you take at that location.

Apple users, you’re not immune. Your iPhone tracks the places you go most.

Here’s how to access the secret map tracking you, plus steps for disabling it.

At least, not in terms of where you have been. Ever wonder how your iPhone can automatically pull up directions to work when you get in the car? Or when you leave for the day, how it knows you are heading home?

It’s part of location services — and a separate and more in-depth thing called Significant Locations.

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According to Apple, this feature exists so the phone can learn places that are significant to us and therefore be able to provide personalized services, like predictive traffic routing and improved Photos Memories.

That said, it seems like an invasion of privacy and could lead to real problems. If the phone tracks our whereabouts, who else may know about them?

According to Apple, no one. It says the data that goes between your cloud-connected devices is encrypted. Unless someone steals your phone and password, there’s nothing they can do to access it.


Want to know how to access it and, if you’d like, turn it off? Here are the steps:

After entering your password or opening your phone with FaceID, you’ll see a list of locations you’ve visited. Some may seem a bit off to you, but that’s because the location is not always precise.

Tap on a place and it will open a page with more specifics, including a map that shows where it thought you were. It would have you in the area even if it didn’t peg you precisely right.

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It’s possible to eliminate your Significant Locations history. Here’s how:

If you don’t want your iPhone to keep track of your whereabouts, you can disable Significant Locations. Here’s how:

If you’ve used Google Maps for years, there’s probably a startling amount of info about everywhere you’ve gone. Check it out:

You’ll see a map with details like your saved home, work locations, and trips. You can search by year or down to a specific day in the Timeline box in the top left corner.

Pick a date from a couple of years ago just for fun. You’ll see a blue bar if a trip was recorded. Click a day to see everywhere you went, down to the time and mileage.

Maybe you enjoyed the walk down memory lane. Or perhaps it gave you the creeps. You can adjust your settings to stop Google from tracking all your trips.

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