Ask Different is a question and answer site for power users of Apple hardware and software. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

It seems that Apple stores GPS information (or GPS information of hot spots) in the iPhone/iPad, and a hacker invented a tool to show the info on Mac. I think this is a pretty useful feature for automatically recording what I've been visiting.

Are there any apps for iPad/iPhone to track my GPS info so that I can extract the data to display on Mac later?

share|improve this question
+1 for a tool's link – cregox Apr 30 '11 at 15:53
up vote 2 down vote accepted

I'm afraid that, without a jailbreak, you won't find any apps that do this for you using your 'locations database' (the "tracking" you're talking about). There are two main reasons:

1: According to Apple, the file is protected. Besides, apps don't get access to system files anyway.

2: Such an app would probably scare some people, and Apple would never allow it on the App store.

Maybe we'll see some apps for jailbroken phones, but I wouldn't expect anything to come to the standard App Store.

share|improve this answer

There are plenty of Apps that can store GPS co-ordinates for you. Have a look through the Navigation section on the app store. Paths is a popular choice. You can then export the data that is collected and use it in a variety of ways on your Mac (including Google Earth etc).

Note: This does not use the GPS data that Apple have been storing. This data will not be available after the next iOS update as written about here.

share|improve this answer
Apple won't be making the data unavailable after the update, they're just going to stop including it in iTunes Device Backups. I.e., the phone still has and uses it. – Nathan Greenstein Apr 28 '11 at 3:59
If the location data is not in the iTunes Device Backups and using a non-jailbroken phone, then it's unavailable right? – RobZolkos Apr 28 '11 at 4:12
Right. But it's equally unavailable now. See my answer. – Nathan Greenstein Apr 28 '11 at 13:49

While not exactly what you're requesting, Google Latitude has an app that does exactly what you want on iOS 4+. For iOS 3, you can use Longitude along with it as well, on cydia.

Latitude basically keeps track of every place you've been. The app polls data in it ever so often and you can also "check in" from any web browser just by logging in.

It even has a funny chart of how much you've traveled compared with the distance to the moon:

my personal Latitude's funny chart

share|improve this answer
That's some kind of cool. – ConstantineK Apr 30 '11 at 16:17
@hobs it is, isn't it? :P also, under "view and manage" you can export everything to KML (and Google Earth) as well. – cregox Apr 30 '11 at 16:23

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.