By default, your iPhone keeps track of everywhere you go if you have Location Services turned on. Apple says this history is end-to-end encrypted, but you may not want it created in the first place. Location history is easy to turn off, but it’s buried under layers of menus. Here’s how.

First, open Settings on your iPhone.

In Settings, tap “Privacy.”

In iPhone Settings, tap "Privacy."

In “Privacy,” select “Location Services.”

In iPhone Settings, tap "Location Services."

In “Location Services,” scroll down and tap “System Services.”

In "Location Services," tap "System Services."

In System Services, scroll down and tap “Significant Locations.”

In iPhone Settings, tap "Significant Locations."

In “Significant Locations,” tap the switch beside “Significant Locations” to turn it off.

Note: On an iPhone, “Significant Locations” are places you frequently visit, such as your home or workplace. Your iPhone learns where those places are by keeping track of your movements and making inferences about your daily habits. One benefit of this is that you can ask Siri, “Take me home,” or allow Reminders to remind you of something when you get to a Significant Location.

In iPhone Settings, turn "Significant Locations" off.

When you tap the switch, you’ll see a scary-looking warning about disabling Significant Locations. But don’t worry—all of the apps mentioned work without it. Tap “Turn Off.”

Tap "Turn Off."

Meanwhile, while you’re on the “Significant Locations” screen, you can scroll down and review your location history data. To clear it, tap “Clear History.”

Tap "Clear History."

Now you’re set. Just exit Settings and your iPhone will no longer keep tabs on your every move. Suddenly it feels a lot more like the 1990s!

(Of course, your cellular carrier can still track your location.)

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Benj Edwards is a former Associate Editor for How-To Geek. Now, he is an AI and Machine Learning Reporter for Ars Technica. For over 15 years, he has written about technology and tech history for sites such as The Atlantic, Fast Company, PCMag, PCWorld, Macworld, Ars Technica, and Wired. In 2005, he created Vintage Computing and Gaming, a blog devoted to tech history. He also created The Culture of Tech podcast and regularly contributes to the Retronauts retrogaming podcast.
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