Trying to live “off the grid?” Or have something to hide? You may want to pay attention and turn off this hidden feature on your iPhone.
There is a terrifying, potentially sentient map hidden deep inside the Settings menu of your iPhone that plots every location you’ve been to, when and how often.
Yup, that’s right. There is an internal map that keeps track of everywhere you’ve visited and stores it… forever; unless the feature is disabled by you, and we are going to show you how.
- Open up the Settings menu and click on Privacy
- Select Location Services
- Scroll down to the end to System Services
- Scroll most of the way down to Frequent Locations and switch “off”
Just for the sake of it, select one of the locations shown. It will then take you to an extremely detailed list of everywhere you’ve been in that city.
Even more creepy? Select one of these locations, and you will see exact locations, with dates and approximate times of when you’ve been there.
Although a bit dodgy, there’s no need to get completely paranoid. Apple guarantees us that the information is kept only on your device and will not be sent to Apple without your consent and is simply there to provide you with personalized services, like predictive traffic routing.