How to turn off iOS 7 frequent location tracking and increase your privacy

How to disable iOS 7 from tracking your most visited locations

By default, iOS 7 will track and record places that you visit most often to provide better location-based data such as in the Today summary of Notification Center. If you value your privacy more than you do location-based data, you can turn the feature off. Turning off features like these can also help save a bit of battery life too.

Here's how:

  1. Launch the Settings app from the Home screen of your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on Privacy.
  3. Now tap on Location Services at the top.
  4. Towards the bottom of the next screen, tap on System Services.
  5. Again, towards the bottom of the next page, tap on Frequent Locations.
  6. At the top of the next screen, turn the Frequent Locations option to the Off position.

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.

Allyson Kazmucha

Editor for iMore, Potter pundit, and the ninja in your iOS

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There are 14 comments. Add yours.

bfarneth says:

Liking all the tips you've been publishing today. Where did you get your wallpaper? It looks good with iOS7.

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Allyson Kazmucha says:

Thanks! I honestly have no idea. It's not even in my camera roll anymore either. Random google search for fall iphone 5 wallpaper would be my guess :)

amaria1 says:

It's odd, but I don't seem to have the "Frequent Location" option at all. I was able to follow the step-by-step up to System Services. Maybe it's because I'm on an iPhone 4?

Jon Case says:

I am also on an iPhone 4 with no "Frequent Location" option. :(

FrankDeG says:

I don't have any weather listed on my notification center underneath the date and time. Anyone else have this problem, and does anyone know how to fix it. Everything else is fine. Enjoying the new OS.

FrankDeG says:

I figured it out. I used a zip code on the weather app instead of location services. All better!

bahandi says:

It must save on the battery too, I imagine.

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Michael Ellis Day says:

You (and everyone else on the team) have been doing a great job on these posts today. This kind of fundamental stuff is invaluable, even to someone like me having read every article about the changes in iOS 7 since it was first announced. :-) Kudos.

zdn1042 says:

Is this just for iPhones? Can't seem to find it on an iPad2 and iPT5.

phreddyl says:

what if you want to have it show up on the notification screen? do you have to drive around with the new operating system for it to learn frequent locations?

Phil Stringer says:

I am having the same issue...worked in the beta, now on my iPhone 5s it's a no go...

gnforpeace says:

Does the iPad have Frequent Locations on/off? I don't see it on my iPad 4.

asha030 says:

Does this work for iPod