Your phone knows where you were last night, but should anyone else know your whereabouts? Tech giants can track your private location data, too. Follow these simple steps and learn how to manage and delete your iPhone’s location history.
Mar 28, 2019 · 3 min read
Apple is often praised for their privacy practices, so you might have not even known that the company tracks you. This feature is pretty deep in your iPhone’s privacy settings. Your iPhone is secretly recording your most-visited places and labeling them as ‘Significant locations.’ It also takes note of the exact times you visited them and groups them by cities or regions. Follow the steps below to delete and turn off your location history.
To delete a specific record, click on the city, choose the location, and then swipe left – or tap Edit in the upper right-hand corner and then tap the Delete symbol.
To permanently delete all records at once, scroll down and tap Clear history.
Your phone isn’t the only one collecting your location history. If you use Google Maps, you are probably giving out your whereabouts to Google, too – even if you deleted your 'Significant Locations'. Delete your location history on Google Maps or simply turn off the default settings by following the steps below.
Google has been caught red-handed collecting data even on phones with the Location Settings disabled. If you use any other Google apps or use Google search, your location will be time stamped and will still be sent to Google. This data helps them create a timeline almost as accurate as the one on your Google Maps. To disable this:
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