Already knew? The iPhone has a well hidden map that shows where you have already been. atechbook shows how to find it.
No matter if you have GPS on, or even if you are on the cellular network and log into wifi networks – the iPhone always knows where you are thanks to location data. But that’s not all. It even keeps a list of when you have visited and left a location. An overview of this can be found on the iPhone in a special map.
atechbook editor Adrian Mühlroth tried it out himself. The result: The iPhone has remembered more than 101 visited locations in the past three months. In some cases even the exact restaurant or store! With the atechbook guide you can find out what your iPhone has collected.
Find important places map on iPhone: Step-by-step guide
1. On your iPhone, open Settings and scroll down to Privacy.
2. In the privacy menu, tap the location services item.
3. scroll to the bottom of the page and tap the System Services item there.
4. here you will find the option Important locations . Select it.
5. the overview lists all the places you have visited in the past – if they have been recorded by the phone. If you tap on a city or a place, you land in a map view. Here, the iPhone shows exactly when and where you have been within the city.
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How useful is the hidden map?
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 ahead in Apple Maps and to better design reminders in the Photos app. But from a privacy perspective, tracking important locations is not without concerns. Virtually anyone can easily see a pattern of movement from the history and map, and thus learn where you live and work. The important-location data is therefore also protected again with Face ID or Touch ID in addition to the iPhone lock. If that’s not enough, you can also deactivate the Important Places option altogether to be on the safe side.