Manage your Location History

Location History is a Google Account–level setting that saves where you go with every mobile device where:

  • You're signed in to your Google Account,
  • You have turned on Location History, and
  • The device has Location Reporting turned on.

When you turn on Location History, you may see a number of benefits across Google products and services, including personalized maps, recommendations based on places you’ve visited, help finding your phone, real-time traffic updates about your commute, and more useful ads.

  • Location History is turned off by default for your Google Account and can only be turned on if you opt in.
  • You can pause Location History at any time in your Google Account's Activity controls.
  • You control what’s saved in your Location History. You can view the places where you’ve been in Google Maps Timeline, and you can edit or delete information through Timeline as well.

If you have other settings like Web & App Activity turned on and you pause Location History or delete location data from Location History, you may still have location data saved in your Google Account as part of your use of other Google sites, apps, and services. For example, location data may be saved as part of activity on Search and Maps when your Web & App Activity setting is on, and included in your photos depending on your camera app settings.

Note: Some of these steps work only on Android 8.0 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.

Turn Location History on or off

You can turn off Location History for your account at any time. If you use a work or school account, your administrator needs to make this setting available for you. If they do so, you will be able to use Location History as any other user.

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open your device's Settings app Settings app and then Google and then Google Account.
  2. At the top, tap Data & personalization.
  3. Under "Activity controls," tap Location History and then Manage setting.
  4. Change whether your account or your devices can report Location History to Google:
    • Your account & all your devices: At the top, turn Use Location History on or off.
    • Only a certain device: Under "This device" or "Other devices on this account," turn the device on or off.

If you're on a browser, go to the Activity controls section of your Google Account. You might need to sign in. At the top, turn Location History on or off.

When Location History is on

  • Google only receives Location History for each device where you are signed in and you have Location Reporting turned on.
  • You can change the Location Reporting setting for each device where you're signed in, and limit which devices provide location data to be included in Location History. If you want to change your Location History settings, you can choose to:
    • Report your location from only some of your devices, but not others.
    • Report your location from all your devices.
    • Turn off Location History for your Google Account. Your location won't be reported from any of your devices and you will not have new Location History recorded to your account.
  • Your settings for other location services on your device, like Google Location Services and Find My Device, are not changed.

When Location History is off

  • New location information is no longer saved to your Location History.
  • Previous activity is not deleted from your Location History. You can manually delete your Location History.
  • Your settings for other location services on your device, like Google Location Services and Find My Device, are not changed.
  • Some location data may continue to be saved in other settings, like Web & App Activity, as part of your use of other services, like Search and Maps, even after you turn off Location History.

Delete Location History

Google Maps Timeline provides you with an interface to manage and delete your Location History information. You can choose to delete all your history, or only parts of it. When you delete Location History information from Timeline, you won't be able to see it again.

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open your device's Settings app Settings app and then Google and then Google Account.
  2. At the top, tap Data & personalization.
  3. Under "Activity controls," tap Location History.
  4. At the bottom, tap Manage Timeline. Your device will open Google Maps Google Maps.
  5. Tap More More and then Settings.
  6. At the bottom, choose Delete all Location History or Delete Location History range.

If you're on a browser, go to maps.google.com/timeline. You might need to sign in. You can delete individual locations, locations by date, or your whole location history in Timeline.

Note: Timeline is not currently available in South Korea. You can turn on or pause Location History from within your Activity Controls and can delete your Location History data.

What happens after deleting Location History

  • If you delete your entire Location History, some Google apps may not work the same as they did before.
  • Even after you delete your Location History information, some location data may continue to be saved in other settings, like Web & App Activity, as part of your use of other services, like Search and Maps.

Usage & diagnostics for Location History

When you turn on Location History, your device may send diagnostic information to Google about what’s working and not working for Location History. If you turn Location History off, you can decide whether to share usage and diagnostics information.

All usage and diagnostics information is used in accordance with Google’s privacy policy.

What information your device could share

Your device may send information to Google to help improve Location History. For example, sent information could include:

  • Quality and length of your connections to mobile networks, GPS, Wi-Fi networks, or Bluetooth
  • State of your location settings
  • Restarts and crash reports
  • Apps used for turning Location History on or off
  • Battery levels
How shared information helps Google improve

Usage and diagnostics information can help improve Google apps, products, and Android devices. For example, Google can use information to improve:

  • Battery life: Google can use information about what's using the most battery on your device to help reduce battery consumption for commonly used features.
  • Location accuracy: Google can use information from location sensors and settings to help improve location estimates for apps and services.

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