Protect your privacy: How do I stop my iPhone & apps from tracking my location?

–– 19 Mar 2019

The fifth instalment in our Protect your Privacy series, guides that help you protect your privacy and personal data, we’ll be looking at how you can stop your iPhone and apps tracking your location.

Your iPhone and iOS apps may track and record places that you visit. A lot of the time they say that this is to provide you with a better service and suggestions. While some can be useful, there’s a lot that are questionable.

If you value your privacy as much as we do, you can turn this feature off. Here’s how to do this…

How to turn off Significant Locations on iPhone and iPad

    1. Launch the Settings app from the Home screen.
    1. Tap on Privacy.
    1. Tap Location Services at the top.
    1. Tap System Services. It’s all the way down at the bottom of the list.
    1. Tap Significant Locations.
    1. Enter your passcode, use Touch ID, or Face ID, to authenticate access.
  1. Tap the Significant Locations On/Off Switch. When the switch is gray, that means the feature has been turned off.

That’s all there is to it. Locations you travel to most will no longer be tracked. While this comes at the expense of not having as accurate location data in places like the Today Summary screen, it also preserves your privacy better and to a lot of us, that’s more important.

We hope you found this guide useful, check out our blog for other ways to protect yourself and your personal data.

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