OpenPaths 4+

University of California, San Diego (Business Affairs)

Designed for iPhone

    • 2.3 • 3 Ratings
    • Free

iPhone Screenshots


OpenPaths ( is a secure data locker for personal location information.

Using our iPhone app you can track your location, visualize where you've been, and upload your data to the OpenPaths website. You can then download your data from the website in a variety of friendly formats, including KML, JSON, and CSV. The OpenPaths API enables you to integrate your own software with the platform.

You can keep your location history to yourself, or you can share it with specific research initiatives, art projects, or educational programs as you so choose. The OpenPaths online interface allows you to manage who has access to your data. Your data is secure on the encrypted OpenPaths servers and cannot be accessed by anyone without your express consent.

OpenPaths is a new way for individuals to take ownership of, to work with, and to share the data that they generate in their daily lives. OpenPaths is a community project initiated by the Research and Development Lab at the New York Times Company.

- Runs in the background
- Minimal battery drain

For more information, please visit

What’s New

Version 2.0

This app has been updated by Apple to display the Apple Watch app icon.

Revamped UI
Passcode functionality fixed
Less battery drain on location tracking
Location tracking more accurate
Search functionality to map

Ratings and Reviews

2.3 out of 5
3 Ratings

3 Ratings ,

Inaccurate to the point of worthlessness

Although the creator's TED talk is certainly inspiring and this application's UI is well-composed, the utilization of iOS's location APIs is poor at best. Overnight, with four bars and a view of the southern sky, the app will place me anywhere in a three-four mile radius—meaning that since work is three miles away, I have absolutely no valid data. Over 24 hours, I'm placed in 30 locations despite never leaving my apartment.

I honestly wanted to use this app, and while it has so much going for it: decent UI, good service integration, amazingly interesting concept— the core function of logging my location simply DOES NOT produce reliable data.

I refer you to xkcd's "tornadoguard" comic.

ScaffoldingUK ,

Not working :(

This app doesn’t work, and hasn’t since I last tried for iOS11. It fails to sync my data and it’s display hasn’t been updated for larger phone screens.

I miss the app, when it worked. I used this app for years because it did such a good job of unobtrusively giving me a way of seeing where I’d been, but unfortunately it seems the app just doesn’t work any more. ☹️

Columbia prof ,

Great concept, annoying and puzzling results

I live the idea, but the resulting data is of such poor quality that it's useless. The app places me 1 - 3 miles from my true location in ~80% of points logged. Also, interval between data capture is variable and appears arbitrary. Cool idea but to crude to be of much use.

App Privacy

The developer, University of California, San Diego (Business Affairs), has not provided details about its privacy practices and handling of data to Apple. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

No Details Provided

The developer will be required to provide privacy details when they submit their next app update.

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