How to view and manage location history in Google Maps

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While Google Maps helps you search for new places and find the best routes, it also saves these things in your Location History. You can use the Timeline feature on Google Maps to keep track of every place you have visited. However, you may want to remove some visits from your history.


Of all the tricks Google Maps has up its sleeve, Timeline has to be the most useful. It can help you retrace your steps easily. Whether it's the name of the gift shop you visited last month or the photos you took on your last trip, Timeline can help you relive all those memories.



Let's see how you can view, edit or delete location history in Google Maps. The Google Maps app works in much the same way on both Android and iOS. So, for this post, I'm using an Android device.

HOW TO VIEW THE HISTORY OF POSITIONS ON GOOGLE MAPS - ANDROID AND IOS

To view the location history in Google Maps of a trip on a particular day, week or month, please follow the steps below.


Step 1: open the Google Maps app on your phone and tap your account circle in the top right corner. Then, select the Your history option from the list.

Step 2: Swipe down on the bottom half of the screen to view detailed information about each trip, including location, distance traveled, travel time, and mode of transportation. In case of incorrect or missing information, Google Maps also allows you to edit or remove the trip from your history.


With the Timeline feature, you can also view the location history of a particular day by selecting a date from the calendar above. In addition, it also keeps a list of all kinds of places, cities and countries you have visited throughout your history.



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HOW TO DISABLE THE POSITION HISTORY ON GOOGLE MAPS

While the Timeline feature can be useful in certain situations, the idea of ​​Google tracking your location can be creepy for some. Thankfully, you can disable the timeline feature with a few simple steps.

Step 1: open the Google Maps app on your phone and tap your account circle in the top right corner. Then, select the Your history option from the list.

Step 2: now click on the three-dot menu icon in the top right corner and go to “Settings and privacy”. Scroll down to Location Settings and tap "Active Location History".


Step 3: In the Activity Monitor window, disable the Location History button. Then, the app informs you what will work and what will not once deactivated. Finally, click the Pause button to turn off location history.

NOTE: LA Disabling the history function does not remove Google's access to your location data as long as you use it for navigation and Google searches.

If you're worried about your map activity being saved, Google Maps also has an incognito mode just like the one on Google Chrome and YouTube.


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HOW TO DELETE THE HISTORY OF POSITIONS ON GOOGLE MAPS

If you don't intend to use your past location data, Google Maps also has an option to delete it. Here's how to do it.

Step 1: open the Google Maps app on your phone and tap your account circle in the top right corner. Then, select the Your history option from the list.


Step 2: click on the three-dot menu icon in the top right corner and go to “Settings and privacy”.

Step 3: to delete all location history, tap "Delete all location history". Next, select the checkbox that says “I understand and want to delete” and hit the Delete button.

Alternatively, you can choose to delete the location history of a specific time period by tapping “Delete location history range” and entering the start and end date.

In addition, you can also set up an automatic deletion feature to periodically delete the history by selecting “Delete location history automatically”.

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BONUS: HOW TO CREATE A HEAT MAP WITH THE HISTORY OF GOOGLE LOCATIONS

By combining your location history with third-party APIs and tools, you can create your own heat map of all the places visited on a trip. That's how.

Step 1: go to Google Takeout to download your location data. Under "Select data to include" click Uncheck All. Now scroll down and select the checkbox that says Location History, then click Next Step.


Visit Google Takeout

Step 2: choose your delivery method, file type and size, and frequency, then click Create Export. Once the export is created, click the download button and a zipped file will be downloaded to your device.

NOTE: The download process may take some time depending on the size of the Google Maps data.


Step 3: now unzip the downloaded file and open the Location History folder inside.

Step 4: go to the heat map function on the Location History Viewer and load the LocationHistory.json file.

Visita Location History Visualizer

And that's it. Your heat map made up of your location data. You can navigate the heat map just like Google Maps and take a screenshot of it.

A JOURNEY INTO MEMORY

You can view and manage location history in Google Maps on Android and iPhone and also useful for passing the same route to friends and others. In case you don't want to leave a trace on Google Maps, you can remove those routes. Let us know how you plan to use the Timeline feature in the comments below.

Further Reading:

  • How to view Google Maps search history
  • Google Maps is already testing incognito mode on Android
  • How to add a GPX file to Google Maps
  • How to enable or disable Google Sync
  • How not to be tracked by Google

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