Nearly every major app tracks your location in some way. And while most try to keep this a secret (and won’t even tell you why they need it), Google Maps is pretty public when it comes to using your location.
But Google Maps doesn’t just use it to give you directions and show your current location. If you have it enabled, you can also create a Google Maps timeline, which lets you see where you traveled on a specific day, any attractions or restaurants you’ve visited, towns you’ve been to, and countries that you’ve traveled in.
Here’s how to check your Google Maps timeline — and how to enable Location History so you can make a timeline in the first place.
How to enable Location History in Google Maps
Google Maps creates your timeline by tracking where you’ve been over a long period of time. To do this, it needs your location history.
Location History is enabled on all basic Google accounts by default (although it might be disabled if you have an education or enterprise account). To make sure it’s on:
- Head to your Google account page and log in if you haven’t already.
- Tap Data & privacy at the top of the screen (on mobile), or click it in the left sidebar (on a computer).
- Scroll down to Things you’ve done and places you’ve been and make sure that Location History is turned on. If it’s not, tap it and toggle it on.
You might also want to change your Auto-delete settings if you want to track your history over a longer time.
How to see your Google Maps timeline in the mobile app
1. Open Google Maps on your iPhone or Android, and tap your profile picture in the top-right corner.
2. Tap Your timeline.
The screen will change, and a large menu will appear with a variety of options at the top. They’ll be a bit different depending on whether you’re using an iPhone or Android…Read more>>