13 Replies Latest reply: Sep 23, 2015 11:09 AM by ChrisJ4203
Anthonyn45 Level 1 (0 points)

How do I delete previous locations stored on my iphone 5?

iPhone 5
  • tomstraub Level 1 (15 points)

    go to your maps app, then click the "book" in top left corner, then you will see your recent history of loactions and you can clear from there!

  • Anthonyn45 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks Tom, I follow you to a certain point and see the list of previous destinations, but how do I clear?  Sorry if this is a basic question, but HOW do I clear it.   Shows as a CURRENT Location.   Thank you!

  • ChrisJ4203 Level 8 (47,774 points)

    When you click on the book as he described, then you will see the Recents list. Up in the upper left corner, just to the left of the word "Recents", there should be a "Clear" button. Tap that and you get the opportunity to clear all recents.

  • Anthonyn45 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks Chris, not sure why this is so difficult.  Let me explain what I'm doing and NOT seeing.  Maybe that will help with an answer.   

    I. click on the Maps Icon from main menu.  a local map appears.  search box on top of screen appears.  A right pointer arrow appears to the left of it. 

    2. When I click on either a list of destinations appear.  All I can do is select one or cancel from the screen.  I do NOT see the word RECENTS on my panel. 

    3. When I click on the designation, MAPS gives me directions which I can cancel, by hitting the X, but the destination remains in my list. 


    Is there any hope for me?   Thanks again. 

  • ChrisJ4203 Level 8 (47,774 points)

    To the right of the search bar you should see what appears to be an open book. Tap on that open book and you should see the Recents list.

  • Anthonyn45 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you!   What was happening was I was clicking on that book and my phone directory appeared.  Didn't realize there was an alternate view for Recents and bookmarks at the bottom.  Thanks for stilcking with me!  

  • ChrisJ4203 Level 8 (47,774 points)

    Not a problem. Glad to help.

  • Steve Salerno Level 1 (10 points)

    When I try to clear the recent history, the "clear" button does not respond at all, and I cannot clear my recent destinations. Not sure why...I am using a 5S with the latest iOS.


    Thanks for your help.

  • Applekati Level 1 (0 points)

    I am trying to do the same thing, but if I click on the icon I assume you call the open book (the one that appears when I am bookmarking something) what I get is the mail, tweet, or Facebook, add to favorites, or print options, no Recent ….

    Would you be so good and go over it step by step again?

    Many thanks...

  • ChrisJ4203 Level 8 (47,774 points)

    That is because with the newer iOS it is different.


    After opening maps, tap in the search bar.

    From there, you should see a list of addresses you have searched for, and at the top of the list should be Favorites.

    Tap on Favorites.

    Now you should see Favorites and Done across the top. At the bottom of the screen you should see Favorites, Recents, and Contacts

    Tap on Recents

    In the upper left, tap on Clear, you will see a dialog on the bottom, Clear All Recents, or Cancel

    Tap on Clear All Recents


  • nada22 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thankyou so much...... I have been trying to do this since last year and usually start screaming...there is no stupid book in the corner...... (iphone 5 then- iphone 6 now)...... rapt..... happy dancing.......

  • andrialla Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you very much.   This is my first iPhone and I am still trying to navigate my way around it, and the answers are not always easy to find   Your help is sincerely appreciated.

  • ChrisJ4203 Level 8 (47,774 points)

    You're welcome.