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Manage or delete your Location History

Your location history lets Google 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 information can also be used by any Google app or service, including the ads you see.

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

Turn Location History on or off

You can turn off Location History at any point. With Location History off, the places you go are no longer stored. 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.

Access to Location History in Google Settings is available on devices running Android 2.3 and up.

Turn Location History on or off with Google Settings
  1. Find Google settings in one of these places (depending on your device):
    • In your Settings app Settings, scroll down and tap Google.
    • Open a separate app called Google Settings Google Settings.
  2. Tap Location and then Google Location History for the account you want to change.
  3. Turn Location History on or off for your account or devices:
    • Google Account: Switch Location History on or off for all devices associated with your Google Account.
    • Device only: Tap the switch next to a listed device to turn Location History on or off just for that device.
Turn Location History on or off with 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," switch 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 may not work correctly.

Delete your entire Location History using Google Settings
  1. Find Google settings in one of these places (depending on your device):
    • In your Settings app Settings, scroll down and tap Google.
    • Open a separate app called Google Settings Google Settings.
  2. Tap Location and then Location History.
  3. At the bottom of the screen, tap 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. It may cause some apps to have 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 sign in to your Google Account.
  2. You can choose to delete your location history:
    • By date:
      To delete history for the date you selected, choose Delete history from this day. 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:
      To delete all stored history, select Delete all history.

Note: The Location History website isn't available in Korea.

Usage and diagnostics for Location History

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

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

What information your device may share

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

Sent information could include:

  • Quality and length 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
  • 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 the overall quality of location, which is used by apps and services.

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