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How to view location history on Google Maps

Do you want to know how to see the location history on Google Maps? After all, Google knows wherever you go, so why shouldn’t you be able to access that information too?

Location History is a feature of your Google account that stores details of all the places you visit and the routes you take there. It works on any mobile device where you are signed in to your Google account and have Location History turned on.

The data collected by Location History is available to view on Google Maps, both on the Maps website in your desktop browser and in the Maps app for Android or iOS.

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When you view your Location History, you are likely to be alarmed by the amount of information Google has stored about the places you have been. Even if you have disabled the feature, it still hangs on data from your previous trips, until you tell Google to remove it.

Here we will explain the best ways to explore your Location History, remove activity data that you don’t want Google to store, and prevent them from tracking you in the future.

How to view location history on Google Maps – in your desktop browser

1. Go to the Google Maps website in your browser and click the three-line Menu button in the top left-hand corner. If you don’t see this button, click the arrow to expand the side panel.

When the menu opens, choose “Your timeline”.

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2. Google Maps will now show a map showing all the places you’ve been, while Location History was enabled on your phone. There are two ways to examine this information.

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3. First, you can explore your Location History with the Timeline feature in the top left-hand corner.

Click the drop-down menus to choose a year and a month, or a specific day, to see the places you visited during that time period on the main map.

Alternatively, hover over the timeline and click the left and right arrows to move forward and backward in time, and select a time period that way. The map will adjust accordingly.

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4. The second method is to view your Location History by place. Click on the red rectangular box in the lower left corner which shows how many places you have visited.

This will open a horizontal panel that lists all those locations, which you can filter to show only the «Most visited». Use the slider at the bottom to explore the places you’ve been.

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5. When you mouse over a location, a pin will appear on the map to mark its location. Click on the place and choose “Last visit on schedule.” to see the date you were last there, and even how you got there from your saved home address.

Choose “Venue details” to view more information about that location, such as its address, contact details and website, and directions on how to get there.

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6. To stop, or “pause”, Google Maps stores the details of all the places you can go, click the Manage Location History button. When the Activity Controls page opens, move the Location History slider to Off.

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7. You can have Google delete your location history automatically after a set period of time. Click “Auto Delete” on the Activity Controls page. and choose automatically delete location data after three, 18 or 36 months.

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8. Alternatively, you can delete all of your Location History now. Click on the trash can icon in the lower right corner of the main map.

When the message “Permanently delete all location history” appears, check the box “I understand and want to delete all Location History”, then click Delete Location History.

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How to view location history on Google Maps: on the mobile app

1. Open the Google Maps application on your Android or iOS device. Tap your profile picture or lyrics in the upper right corner and choose Your timeline. This will show you a list of all your visited places.

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2. The Google Maps application offers many more options for viewing your location history than the website.

In addition to exploring places during the day, you can tap Trips to see the details of your trips, including the places you visited and the distance you traveled there.

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3. You also can tap Places to see places grouped into categories, such as Shopping, Hotels, Food & Drink, Attractions, and Airports.

Select cities to see when was the last time you visited a particular town or city, and how many places you visited while there. OR touch world to see how many towns and cities you have been to in a particular country.

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4. Tap your profile picture again and choose “Your data in Maps”. Here you can turn location history on and offand view and delete details of your activities selecting “View and delete activity”.

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5. Google Maps allows you to save your location history before deleting it. Touch “Download your Maps data.” to open Google Takeout.

Select the data you want to download, then tap Next and choose how you want it to be sent to you: by email or added to Google Drive or other storage service.

Touch “Create Export.” and you will receive a zip file containing your Location History, to keep forever and explore at your leisure.

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