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Four Ways Your Phone Is Tracking You

These days, it is very easy to spy on you especially if you use a phone
as sophisticated as an iPhone. This is why many are much more concerned
about their privacy. This said, do you know that there are ways your
iPhone is tracking you? Your iPhone tracks you more than you think even
if it is without your permission. 

The good news is that it is harmless. Jumia Travel shares some things
your iPhone is probably tracking, whether you know about it or not.

Your location
Your iPhone is likely tracking your location. In some cases and by
default, the device saves a list of frequently visited locations to
improve its Maps service.  To check in on your frequent locations, open
up the Settings app and select Privacy. Then, tap Location Services and
scroll down to find System Services. From that menu, find Frequent
Locations. To stop this, never forget to turn off your location.
Your phone usage habits
Siri does her best to understand users’ routines to better assist their
day-to-day life. However, your iPhone performs similar duties in other
ways, too. For instance, if you tend to use one app to listen to music
above all others, your phone may well have noticed. When you plug in
your headphones, you’ll see that app appear in the lower-left corner of
the screen. Swipe up over the icon, and it’ll open automatically.
Apps that drain your battery
It can be very annoying when your iPhone battery drains quickly, and you
don’t know the cause. Your device is actually tracking which apps are
the most taxing, but you might not know where to find this information.
Open the Settings app and tap Battery. Scroll down and you’ll
find Battery Usage data, which you can view for the last 24 hours or the
last seven days. This is a great way to figure out which apps to avoid
when the battery does not run out quickly.
Your step count

Most of the records in the iPhone’s Health apps which require some kind
of input from the user, but not so with its pedometer functionality. The
app tracks your step count since you got your phone. Obviously, it’s
much more accurate if you keep your device in your pocket, but even if
it’s typically in your bag, you’ll be able to gauge when you were more
and less active.

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Tony Orji

Dr. Tony Orji is the founder and owner of Success Tonics Blog. He is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Economics, University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

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