Location history in Google Maps: In the ever-growing world of globalization, Google Maps has played a pivotal role. It has become that trustworthy friend to everyone who travels to a foreign land.
Business trips, family vacations, trips with friends, or that solo-travel thing – Google Maps takes you everywhere without having to worry about being misled by the locals or taking the wrong direction by mistake.
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But is it all that your Google Maps can do? Your Google Maps has to be much more than this, and it fortunately it is! And today, we’ll be sharing one such feature of Google Maps that you might not be aware of, you should.
And that feature is – Nifty Timeline, launched back in the year 2015. This one lets you browse through all the past places that you’ve traveled in the past, along with their respective routes. Basically, it collects the data of your travel places & routes in a timeline format.
In this article, we will take you through almost every single ‘what’, ‘when’ and ‘how’ that you might have in your mind regarding this timeline feature of Google Maps.
Creating a Timeline
In order to see, revisit & track the timeline of your routes, you first need to turn on your location services for Google Maps. After doing this, the google map timeline will automatically start to reflect the places that you have been to and the path that you have taken to reach any place.
Steps to Turn On the Timeline Feature
Step1: Open Google Maps App
Step2: Click on the Menu Tab
Step3: Go to Settings>Personal Content>Location Settings
Step4: Switch on the ‘Location Service’ button under the Location Settings
Step5: Switch on the Location Icon to ‘Always’
Note: A Google Maps account is a must for logging in. Once logged in, your location will also be used by the other apps too.
Tracking the Location History on Google Maps
Now that you’ve known how to turn on the timeline feature of Google Maps, let’s move further to the history location tracking. Here we share the stepwise guide on how to track your location history on Google Maps, both from the desktop as well as the devices.
Tracking Google Map Location History on Desktop
Let us first share the stepwise guide of tracking the desktop version of Google Map Location History. Also, the measuring parameter for your timeline, whether miles or kilometers, will depend on your country.
Steps to Track the Location History on Desktop
Step1: Open Google Maps on Your Browser
Step2: Sign-in with the Google account that you’re using on the mobile app
Step3: Click on the Menu bar on the top-left corner of the screen
Step4: Menu Bar>Timeline
Step5: Switch the months by swiping left & right
Step6: Once the month is selected, choose the date for which you wish to browse the location history
Step7: Location History data for the chosen date is displayed on the screen
Note: You can also save your home/work address on Google Maps. Timeline for the same can also be recorded & saved for being tracked in the future.
Tracking Google Map Location History on Mobile App
Now, let’s move forward to see how you can track the Google Map location history on your mobile app itself. The same process is to be followed for all types of mobile devices viz. Android-based phones, iPhones & iPads.
Steps to Track the Location History on Desktop
Step1: Launch the Google Maps App on your device
Step2: Click on the ‘More Options’ button on the top-left corner of the app screen
Step3: Tap on your Timeline
Step4: Tap on the Calendar Icon here
Step5: Choose the date for which you wish to track the location history from the calendar. Also, feel free to switch the months by swiping left & right.
Step6: Google Maps will show you all the routes that you have traveled along with the duration and length of your overall journey.
So, now you see how easy it is to track Google Map history. Something that also simplifies your travel.
Note: You can also change the unit of distance set on your Google Maps by going to Settings>Distance Units>Choose Automatic and choose your preference from the two given options – miles & kilometers.
Disabling Location Tracking on Google Maps
Disabling the location tracking on Google Maps is as easy as it to turning it on. Let us share a stepwise guide here for the same as well:
Step1: Launch the Google Maps app on your mobile
Step2: Click the ‘More Options’ button on the top-left corner of the home screen.
Step3: Click on the Settings>Personal Content
Step4: Under the ‘Personal Content’ page, click on the ‘Location History’ tab
Step5: Turn the location history off in order to disable the location tracking
Note: If the switch here is green, you’ve given Google Maps the permission to track & record your location & routes.
Pause the Location History
Pause the Location History on Google Maps. Yes, you can also do that by first, toggling the Location History ‘off’ and then clicking on the ‘Ok’ button on the pop-up that appears on the screen in the response of turning the Location History off.
Deleting the Location History on Google Maps
Just as you might want to disable the Google Maps Location Tracking system, you also might feel the need to delete it. And Google Maps provides you with both the manual as well as automatic option to do so.
Stepwise Guide for Manually Deleting the Location History
Step1: Launch the Google Maps App
Step2: Click on the ‘Menu’ button on the top-left corner of the screen
Step3: Go to Menu>Timeline>Settings>Location Settings
Step4: In order to delete entire history, click on ‘Delete All Location History’ button
In order to delete specific location history, select the specific history range that you want to delete and click on the delete button
Stepwise Guide for Automatically Deleting the Location History*
(*3-18 months old)
Step1: Go to Google Maps Timeline
Step2: On the bottom right corner of the screen, click on the Settings
Step3: Settings>Automatically Delete Location History
Step4: Follow the on-screen instructions
Stepwise Guide to Deleting Specific Dates from Location History
Step1: Launch Google Maps on your device
Step2: Click on the Menu icon on the top-right corner of the screen
Step3: Menu Bar>Your Timeline> Calendar Icon on the top-left corner of the screen
Step4: Select the specific date that you want to delete the location history for
A Quick Closer
I hope, learning about the Google Maps’ timeline feature has proven to be helpful for you! We’re sure our complete stepwise guide for the same has made it all, even more, easier for you. In case of any questions or queries, feel free to write back to us. We’re all ears!