How to change the 'Significant Locations' saved on your iPhone, or delete the list

Hollis JohnsonYour iPhone tracks where you travel and makes a list of the places you visit most. Here’s how to change those locations.
  • You can change your iPhone’s“Significant Locations” by deleting the ones currently saved and allowing your iPhone’s location service to reassign a more accurate spot.
  • As you’re travelling, your iPhone may mark certain spots you visit frequently as Significant Locations, and will use these when giving suggestions in Apple Maps and other apps.
  • However, the exact locations of these Significant Locations can sometimes be off, even for a place you visit frequently, and you can change or delete them.
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Apple’s “Significant Locations” service is often helpful no matter how you travel. When it works properly, it provides a saved location as a starting point for Apple Maps to give you driving time and directions, give you a reliable walking route, or as an automatic pickup spot for your rideshare.

While ideally this saves you the hassle of having to type in your address, unfortunately the system doesn’t always work perfectly.

When an iPhone gets a Significant Location wrong, the effects can cause delays and inconvenience. For example, you may receive a notification that your rideshare app driver has arrived, only to realise the location of the driver is a whole block away from your current spot. There is a way to fix an incorrect saved location, however.

While you can’t program in your own suggestion, you can delete the location your iPhone has incorrectly saved and allow it to rediscover a more accurate spot. This can be very useful if, for example, you’re going to be staying at a hotel for a few days and your iPhone has saved an inaccurate regular pickup point as the hotel’s address.

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How to change the Significant Locations saved on your iPhone

1. Open the Settings app.

2. Scroll down to select “Privacy.”

3. Tap “Location Services” (it should be the top item).

4. Scroll down to select “System Services” (it should be the bottom item).

5. Scroll down to select “Significant Locations.”

How to change location on iphoneRyan Ariano/Business InsiderSelect ‘Significant Locations.’

6. This will require you to authenticate yourself through Face ID, Touch ID, or by typing in your passcode.

Ryan Ariano/Business InsiderYour Significant Locations are locked behind your passcode or ID.

Once you’ve tapped the page for your Significant Locations history, you can either select specific locations to delete or delete all of them at once.

7. You’ll be presented with a list of cities that you’ve been to. To correct a specific address, tap on the name of the city it’s in.

8. Tap on “Edit” in the upper right corner.

9. Tap the “-” in the red dot next to the specific address you wish to change.

10. Tap “Delete” and your iPhone will clear out that address, and will rerecord it the next time you visit.

Ryan Ariano/Business InsiderTap the minus icon, then Delete, to clear out a saved location.

How to delete all of the Significant Locations on your iPhone

1. Start from “Significant Locations.”

2. Scroll down to select “Clear History”. It should be at the bottom of the cities list.

Location 6Ryan Ariano/Business InsiderOnce cleared, your iPhone will start re-assigning all locations going forward.

If you want to turn Significant Locations off, simply flip the green button at the top of your Significant Locations page to grey. If you want to turn off location tracking altogether, you can learn how to do that by reading our article, “How to stop your iPhone from tracking your location, and manage each app’s location tracking.”

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