Every once in a while, a hidden feature is found in iOS that is hard to spot and remains mostly out of sight. There’s no doubt that mapping apps in your Phone collect a significant amount of information of the places you visit, but what may come as a surprise to users is thatApple Maps actually records the locations you frequently visit and stores additional information such as the times you’ve arrived and departed.
This is a hidden feature in iOS that has been present since iOS 7 and is enabled by default without asking for user’s permission. Most of us may not be aware about it as it’s located deep down in Settings, out of plain sight.
It is called Frequent Locations . This feature keeps track of the places you visit frequently, the date, time and duration you’ve stayed at a particular location as well as the number of visits to that place. This information is then plotted on an actual map that can be viewed only if you know where to access it.
Apple states that all the collected information are stored on your iPhone only (not on its servers) and is used for personalized services such as traffic routing. Apple uses the Frequent Locations feature to personalize your experience in the Today view on the Lock screen and Notification Center, such as automatically informing you how much time it will take to reach your home to office given the current traffic conditions.
To find out how to view Frequent Locations and turn off this feature if you find it creppy, read the guide below.
How to View Frequent Locations on Your iPhone
Step 1:Launch the Settings app.
Step 2: Go to Privacy and open Location Services.
Step 3: Scroll down and you’ll find System Services. Tap on it to open.