How To: Turn off proactive traffic suggestions in iOS 9

iOS 9 is all about analyzing your behavior and device usage patterns with the purpose of serving relevant suggestions and information before you consider asking them yourself and much of it displayed right on the lock screen.

In theory, it sounds pretty cool, but at times your iPhone will get things wrong. Among the proactive suggestions in iOS 9 there’s one that automatically displays lock screen notifications for predictive traffic routing via Apple Maps.

The timing is definitely right since the suggestion (along with others based on your personal habits) is displayed when you connect your iPhone to your car via Bluetooth or USB. However, if you don’t have the same travel pattern at the same hours every day or you’re not the driver, this feature can become annoying pretty fast.

Just don’t turn it off if you’re just worried about your privacy. As stated on the official Apple support page:

“This data is kept solely on your device and won’t be sent to Apple without your consent. It will be used to provide you with personalized services, such as predictive traffic routing.”

How to disable predictive traffic routing in iOS 9

Turning off the feature is extremely easy, but certainly not intuitive. These alerts come from a feature called Frequent Locations, that’s used by the Maps app. It’s easy to see you could easily ignore it and continue your search through the myriad other settings.

  • Open the Settings on your device
  • Go to Privacy -> Location Services
  • Scroll down to the bottom of the pane and open System Services
  • Tap on the Frequent Locations feature, then turn it off

iOS 9 - System services

Definitely easy, when you know which buttons need to be pushed. Well, that’s it – you won’t see traffic notifications every time you get in your car from now on.

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