iPhoneTracker – What Your IPhone Knows About Your Travels

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The tech press has been abuzz this week with the recent discovery by some (old news to others) that the iPhone keeps track of where you have been in a file on the device. So I was curious what my iPhone knew about my travels since I purchased the phone early last Summer.

One thing that is immediately obvious to me is that despite the fear of loss of privacy in the stories that have been written, this data is fairly crude. The data maps to cell phone towers and tells me more about what state or maybe what cities I was in rather than what street or house. I can’t tell where I live from this data, although you could probably guess that I live somewhere in the San Jose area.

You can see that I have taken a trip or two to Southern California and that I traveled both the coastal route and the inland route. Although you will see cities on this map that I have not been within 20 or 30 miles of. I have apparently connected to cell towers in those cities.

You can also easily spot my drive on highway 80 from San Jose to Vernal Utah  to raft down the Green River.

If you would like to see where you have been sync your iPhone to your computer and then download iPhoneTracker (currently Mac only) and run it.

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Chris Christensen

by Chris Christensen

Chris Christensen is the creator of the Amateur Traveler blog and podcast. He has been a travel creator since 2005 and has won awards including being named the "Best Independent Travel Journalist" by Travel+Leisure Magazine.

3 Responses to “iPhoneTracker – What Your IPhone Knows About Your Travels”



Interesting. I’m surprised this is the first I’ve heard of this. Wish I had a Mac so I could see what my iPhone has to say. Maybe it’s time for that Macbook Air I’ve been dreaming of. Hmmmm….



I am sure a Windows program will come out to do the same… not that I want to dampen your dreams of the MacBook Air.



Wow that’s really cool, I had no idea I did that. Like Mary said, I wish I had a Mac so I could check it out as well.

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