What-is-Frequent-Locations-and-Next-Destination-Features-in-iOS-7-and-How-to-Use-Them

A lesser known feature iOS 7 offers is called Frequent Locations. Enable this option to always be aware of the time it will take to reach common locations by just looking at the notification center.

Turning this feature on only takes a moment’s time. After giving it ample time to recognize where you travel most often, the notification center will always stay on top of the time it takes to arrive at these places.

Most of us spend the majority of our day at home and or at work. When your phone understands this, it will tell you how long it takes to get home when you’re at work, and also the time it takes to get to work before you leave your house. It serves not only as a time indicator, but you can also click the link in the notification area to open Apple’s Map application for directions and traffic details.

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How to Turn On and Use Frequent Locations

Because the Next Destination feature requires Frequent Locations to be turned on, this is what we’ll look at to enable the former.

Navigate to “Settings > Privacy > Location Services > System Services > Frequent Locations” and choose to enable the “Frequent Locations” option.

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Mine has been toggled on for a while, as you can see at the bottom of the rightmost screenshot.

After you’ve had yours on for some time, you can look at this history for further detail. I selected a location I’ve been to a few times recently, and you can see the times are rather precise.

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These locations, after time, will present what the Destination Feature offers. This may raise privacy concerns for some, so if you’re in that camp just disable this location feature.

For the rest of us, however, the collected data is viewed as an advantage. When you visit a particular address often and at around the same time, the Frequent Location feature will allow for the Next Destination feature. For example, if you arrive at the same address for work every day at 7 AM, the address will show in your notification center before you leave to indicate how much time it’d take you to get there.

Understand that you won’t always be told how far work is. If it’s a Sunday, and you don’t work until Monday evening, you won’t be told how far work is when you wake up Sunday morning. This would be useless, and your phone knows this well. You’ll be told when the time is approaching – when it’s more relevant.

If your home address isn’t showing up when you are away from your house, enter it in your contact details. Just open your own contact card and fill out the “Home” address field.

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Because most people spend a good amount of time at home, couple this with the explicit address in your contact file to always have a notification of how far you are from when you’re out and about.

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Then just click this notification in the notification area to open a map with directions to the address. Open this every day before work to get a route there and the approximate time it will take.

If the notification center isn’t showing locations, you may need to turn this on. Do this from “Settings > Notification Center” and choose to enable the “Next Destination” option.

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Conclusion

It’s super easy to enable the Frequent Locations and Next Destination features in iOS 7. If GPS information collection isn’t a concern to you, enabling these functions will surely come in handy in due time.