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In a report by Medium that recently went viral, one relatively hidden feature of iPhone’s location services has gotten some people spooked over the sheer details of it.

According to the article, the feature is known as “Significant Locations” list, which shows a minute-by-minute log of a user’s exact whereabouts in every location visited over the last few years.

iPhone Found to Have Detailed Minute-by-Minute History Of Users' Exact Locations - WORLD OF BUZZ

Source: WORLD OF BUZZ

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Source: WORLD OF BUZZ

Here’s how you can access your log;

  1. Open the Settings app
  2. Go to Privacy 
  3. Go to Location Services
  4. Go to System Services (at the very bottom of the list of apps)
  5. Click on Significant Locations and log in with your TouchID, FaceID or passcode
  6. Find your hometown’s location on the list 
  7. Go to Home

Once you select Home, a detailed minute-by-minute list of your travels to and from your home! 

While this service is reportedly encrypted information and therefore can’t be read by Apple, it does raise some concerns about the extent to which our data is being monitored.

iPhone Found to Have Detailed Minute-by-Minute History Of Users' Exact Locations - WORLD OF BUZZ 5

Source: WORLD OF BUZZ

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Source: WORLD OF BUZZ

However, it could be of relief to some users that this Significant Locations feature can be turned off by merely moving the switch to the off position. Users can also scroll to the bottom of their location history and select Clear History.

Read Medium’s entire article here

What are your thoughts on this? Do you know of any other relatively hidden features on your smartphone? Let us know in the comments section below!

 

Also read: Woman’s iPhone Locked for 47 Long Years After Toddler Keyed in Wrong Password

Toddler Causes Mother's iPhone to Be Locked for 47 Years After Keying in Wrong Password - WORLD OF BUZZ 3


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