How to stop your iPhone from tracking locations you frequently visit

Your iPhone will track and record places that you visit most often to provide better location-based data and suggestions across iOS 11. While these suggestions can be super helpful, you may not like the idea of your iPhone and iPad tracking the locations you frequent

If you value your privacy more than you do location-based data and suggestions, you can turn the feature off.

How to turn off Significant Locations on iPhone and iPad

  1. Launch the Settings app from the Home screen.
  2. Tap on Privacy.
  3. Tap Location Services at the top.
  4. Tap System Services. It's all the way down at the bottom of the list.

  1. Tap Significant Locations.
  2. Enter your passcode, use Touch ID, or Face ID, to authenticate access.
  3. 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.

Updated January 2018: Completely overhauled the article to reflect changes in iOS 11.

Luke Filipowicz
Staff Writer

Luke Filipowicz has been a writer at iMore, covering Apple for nearly a decade now. He writes a lot about Apple Watch and iPad but covers the iPhone and Mac as well. He often describes himself as an "Apple user on a budget" and firmly believes that great technology can be affordable if you know where to look. Luke also heads up the iMore Show — a weekly podcast focusing on Apple news, rumors, and products but likes to have some fun along the way. 

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  • Liking all the tips you've been publishing today. Where did you get your wallpaper? It looks good with iOS7. Sent from the iMore App
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  • 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?
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  • I figured it out. I used a zip code on the weather app instead of location services. All better!
  • It must save on the battery too, I imagine. Sent from the iMore App
  • Thx Ally
  • 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.
  • Is this just for iPhones? Can't seem to find it on an iPad2 and iPT5.
  • 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?
  • I am having the same issue...worked in the beta, now on my iPhone 5s it's a no go...
  • Does the iPad have Frequent Locations on/off? I don't see it on my iPad 4.
  • Does this work for iPod
  • Seeing as it even says in the setting that ‘Significant Locations are encrypted and cannot be read by Apple’, what privacy concern is this protecting exactly?
    I can’t see how anybody would deem this a privacy issue if the data is encrypted and stored locally.
  • Exactly my question! Unless there's something here we don't know...