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Location History for iPhone & iPad

Location services make it easier to use Google products. Turning the Location History on in your account allows Google to provide you with useful information based on where you've been with the devices that you're signed in to. For example, the Google app uses your past locations to do things like show you traffic updates for your daily commute by learning the route you take to work.

Manage Location History

Turn Location History on or off

When you turn on your feed in the Google app, you turn Location History on for your Google Account. Location History stores your location data from all devices that are signed in to your Google Account.

You can manage your Location History in two ways, either by using your phone's browser or through the Google app.

To use your device's browser:

  1. Visit the settings page.
  2. Next to "Location History," the toggle will be blue (turned on) or gray (turned off).
  • To turn Location History off, tap the button to switch to gray > tap Pause.
  • To turn Location History on, tap the button to switch to blue > tap Turn on.

To use the Google app:

  1. Open the Google app .
  2. In the top left, tap your account name. If you haven't already, sign in to your Google Account.
  3. Tap My Account and then Personal info and privacy and then Activity Controls and then Location History.
  4. Tap the On/Off switch.

Note: When you pause Location History, it doesn't delete previous activity, it only stops saving new location information.

View your Location History
  1. Visit the Location History page.
  2. Using the menu labeled "Timeline" on the top left of the page, choose the time period you want to see your Location History for.
Delete your Location History
  1. Visit the Location History page.
  2. In the bottom right of the page, touch Settings Settings.
  3. Touch Delete all location history.
  4. Check the box next to "I understand and want to delete all Location History."
  5. Touch Delete Location History.

Common issues with Location services

Availability

Location History may not be available if:

  • It is not available in your region
  • You don't meet certain age restrictions
  • Your Google Account is through your work, school, or other group, and your administrator turns off your access to these features
  • You've turned off Location Services or Background App Refresh

As of Google Maps version 3.2.1, you cannot turn on Location Reporting and History from the Google Maps app for iPhone and iPad. If you have Location History turned on from another Google app, like the Google app, the Google Maps app may still use Location History data stored in your Google account to give you better search results.

Background App Refresh

If your iPhone or iPad's operating system isn't up to date, Location History could require Location Services and Background App Refresh to be on to work properly.

Location Services uses GPS, Wi-Fi hotspots, and cellular network towers to determine your location. Background App Refresh allows Location Reporting to work when you're not actively using a Google app.

Learn more about how to manage Location Services and Background App Refresh.

Data use

This feature can use a lot of data. Before using this feature, you should review your device's data plan.

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