Your iPhone Has a Hidden List of Every Location You’ve Been

Fred Showker
Mar 17, 2019 · 2 min read

In this most revealing piece, Jack Cohen of OneZero exposes a “Dark Pattern” in Apple’s iPhone that you need to know about, and deal with. It’s called the Significant Locations list, and you probably didn’t know it existed!

Jack writes :

Hiding in not-so-plain sight, deep within the depths of your iPhone’s settings (seven layers deep, to be exact) is a level of location tracking that very few iPhone users are aware of and probably won’t feel comfortable with. Sure, many of us know that our iPhone generally tracks us when we use certain apps to enable it to share personalized information like the local weather, coffee shop recommendations, and more.

GO NOW : The Significant Locations list shows a minute-by-minute route history of my exact whereabouts in every location I’ve been over the past few years.

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How to find your location history

Step 1: Open the Settings app.

Step 2: Navigate to the Privacy section (small white hand, blue background).

Step 3: Click on Location Services.

Step 4: Scroll all the way to the bottom and click on System Services.

Step 5: Navigate to Significant Locations.

Step 6: Click on your hometown. You’ll see that “Home” is probably first at the top of your list. Here’s where it gets even more specific.

Step 7: Click on Home. You are finally presented with a minute-by-minute list of your commutes to and from your home and your method of transportation.

This may or may not work on your phone. We got to step 6 but there was no “home” and none of the items were clickable beyond off/on.

:-(

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Fred Showker exploring design, tech and media issues, since 1985

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Fred Showker‘s editorial column “60-Second Window” in 1987 as part of a syndicated news service distributed, via diskette, to computer user groups all over the country. The 60 Second Window explores issues surrounding technology and it’s effects on people and society.

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