Manage your Location History

Some of this information applies to Android devices running Android 4.4 or higher. Learn how to manage location access in Android 4.1 to Android 4.3. Learn about Location Reporting and History for iPhone and iPad.

Your location history allows Google to show you useful information based on where you’ve been with the devices that you’re signed in to with your Google Account. For example, you’ll see predictions for your frequent commutes and better search results. Your location info can also be used by any Google app or service, including the ads you see.

Turn Location History on or off

Access to Location History in Google Settings is available on devices running Android 2.3 or higher.

With Location History off, the places you go to are no longer stored. You can turn off Location History at any point. When you turn it off for your Google Account, it's turned off for all devices associated with that Google Account.

If you want to completely turn off GPS or Wi-Fi location services, you can turn off your device's main location feature with these steps.

Turn Location History on or off

Turn Location History on or off with Google Settings

  1. From your device's apps menu, open Google Settings app or the Settings menu .
  2. Touch Location > Google Location History for the account you want to change.
  3. Turn Location History on or off for your account or devices:
    • Google Account: Move the top switch to turn Location History on or off for all devices associated with your Google Account.
    • Device only: Move the switch next to a listed device to turn Location History on or off just for that device.

Turn Location History on or off using Activity controls

  1. Go to the Activity controls section of My Account. If prompted, sign in to the Google Account you want associated with your location.
  2. Under "Places you go," use the switch to turn Location History on or off. When you turn off Location History here, it's disabled for your entire Google Account and all devices associated with that account.

If you’re using a Google Apps for Business, Education, or Government account, you may need to get access to these settings from your administrator.

Delete your Location History

You can delete your entire Location History or only certain parts of it. If you delete your entire history, some apps, like Google Now, may not work correctly.

Delete your entire Location History using Google Settings
  1. On your mobile device, open Google Settings .
  2. Touch Location > Location History.
  3. At the bottom of the screen, touch Delete Location History.

IMPORTANT: If you delete Location History using the Google Settings app, all of your history will be deleted. This can't be reversed — and it may cause some apps, like Google Now, to experience problems.

Delete parts of your Location History on the Location History website

You can delete individual locations, locations by date, or your entire location history on the Location History website.

  1. Go to maps.google.com/locationhistory and log in to your Google account.
  2. You can choose to delete your location history:
    • By date: Choose Delete history from this day to delete history for the date you selected. If you select a range of days and choose Delete history from this time period, you'll delete the history for all of the days you're viewing.
    • By individual location: Select an individual location from the list or map. In the bubble, choose to delete that past location from your history.
    • Entire history: Select Delete all history to delete all stored history.

NOTE: The Location History website is not available in Korea.

Usage and diagnostics for Location History

When you turn on Location History, you also enable your device to send diagnostics information to Google about what’s working and what’s not working in relation to Location History.

When your device sends usage and diagnostics information

Your device may send information to Google to improve Location History when, for example, location services aren't working the way they should. Information could include:

  • Quality and duration of your connections to cell networks, GPS, Wi-Fi networks, or Bluetooth,
  • State of your location settings,
  • Reboot occurrences and crash reports,
  • Apps used for turning Location History on or off, or
  • Battery levels

Usage and diagnostics information can be used to 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 the overall quality of location, which is used by apps and services to deliver great experiences.

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

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