How to Disable an iPhone From Being Tracked

By Jay Darrington

You can keep Apple from snooping on the websites and physical locations you visit.
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In 2011, Apple, Inc revealed that it had been tracking the location of its thousands of iPhone users as they visited websites using the device. As of October 2012, Apple's terms of service still allows them to track you. However, you can set up your iPhone to prevent Apple from tracking you to increase your account's privacy.

Step 1

Tap on the "Settings" app from the iPhone's home screen.

Step 2

Tap on the "General" section, "About" and then "Advertising." Set the switch next to "Limit Ad Tracking" to the "On" position and then tap Settings again. This limits the amount of information that can be sent to Apple about you, such as the apps you use and your personal data. (This is available only on iOS6 or later devices).

Step 3

Tap the "Privacy" tab, "Location Services" and then "System Settings." Set the switch for "Location-Based iAds" to "Off." This keeps Apple from tracking your location and serving you ads based on your current or past location. (For iOS 5 and earlier versions, Location Services is found in the Settings tab.)

Step 4

Tap on the Settings tab again, then tap the Safari tab.

Step 5

Set the "Private Browsing" switch to the "On" position so that Safari will not record your Web history.