How To Disable Location Tracking On MacOS High Sierra?

How To Disable Location Tracking On MacOS High Sierra?

MacOS High Sierra offers in-built location tracking feature which keeps a list of locations you have travelled. The location based feature is known as “Significant Locations”. The suggestions are based on locations with Siri, Spotlight, Safari and Maps.

As per Apple, location is stored locally on your Mac machine and is in encrypted form, although it is not shared with Apple servers.

However, in case, if you still do not want this feature, then you can get rid of it.

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Check out our tutorial below on how you can disable location tracking on macOS High Sierra.

Disable Location Tracking On macOS High Sierra:

You can follow the steps below to disable Significant Locations on macOS High Sierra.

  • Click the Apple menu button on the top left of your screen.
  • Click System Preferences.
    Mac system preference
  • In the System Preferences window, click on Security & Privacy option.
    Mac security and privacy
  • Here, click on the little lock icon placed on lower left corner of the window.
    Mac general security
  • Now, enter your Admin Username and Password to make changes.
  • Next, click on the Privacy tab and click on Location Services in the side menu.
    Mac location services
  • Now, scroll down in the right panel to “System Services” and click on Details button.
  • A new window will pop-up, you will see a list of System Services which determines your Location. You can simply uncheck System Service including Significant Locations.
    Mac significant locations

Also, you can look at your presently stored Locations by clicking on the Details button.

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Here, you will see a list of locations you visited.

mac clear history

Unfortunately, you cannot delete those locations individually. However, you can click on “Clear History” button and this will delete all the Location information stored by “Significant Locations” Service on your Mac.

Once this done, your Mac will no longer recognize your location, unless you turn it back on again.

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That’s all folks! Now Apple will not trace your immediate vicinity. If you like this tutorial, please feel free to share your comments below.

Vikram Dharmadhikari is a technical writer and blogger at Systweak. Being a software engineer, he tends to write about latest technologies and computer problems & easy solutions for the same. He loves to play cricket and tries to take full advantage of the technology available at hand.

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