iPhone map shows exactly where users have been

Regardless of whether you have GPS on, or just use the cellular network and log into WiFi networks – thanks to location data, the iPhone always knows where the user is. But that’s not all. It even keeps a list of when you visited and left a place.

TECHBOOK editor Adrian Mühlroth tried it out himself. The result: the iPhone has memorized more than 101 places visited in the past three months. In some cases even the exact place or shop! Use the TECHBOOK guide to find out what your iPhone has collected.

Find important places on the iPhone: step-by-step instructions

1. On your iPhone, open the Settings and scroll to the point privacy.

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2. In the data protection menu, tap on the point Location services.

iPhone hidden map

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3. Scroll to the bottom of the page and tap on the point Systemdienste.

iPhone hidden map

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4. You can find the option here Important places. Select this one.

iPhone hidden map

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5. The overview shows all the places that you have visited in the past – provided they were recorded by the phone. If you tap on a city or town, you will land on a map view. Here the iPhone shows exactly when and where you were traveling within the location.

iPhone hidden map

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How useful is the hidden card?

According to the Apple support page, the important places data is used to personalize location-based services. For example, they are used to plan a traffic route in advance in Apple Maps and to better create memories in the Photos app. However, from a data protection point of view, tracking important locations is not safe. Practically everyone can easily recognize a movement pattern from the history and the map and learn from this where you live and work. The important places data are therefore protected with Face ID or Touch ID in addition to the iPhone lock. If that’s not enough for you, you can choose the option Important places but also disable it completely and be on the safe side.

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