How location tracking works with your Google Fit data

Google Fit can collect your device location data when you’re physically active, to help calculate distance and create a map of your activity in the Google Fit Journal. You can turn location tracking on or off in Google Fit at any time.

How activity maps tracking works
When you turn on automatic tracking or manually track an activity for the first time, Google Fit asks for permission to collect device location data. This helps calculate distance and create a map of your activity in the Google Fit journal. If you enable automatic tracking and give Google Fit permission to collect device location data, Fit can automatically collect this data. Learn more about Automatic Tracking.
How we protect your data

Google Fit provides you analytics, tracking, and activity history. Your Google Fit data is securely stored on Google servers. If you lose or change your device, your data is backed up on Google servers.

Connected apps can't access device location data collected by Google Fit.

You're in control

When you set up Google Fit on your device, you can choose whether to turn on location tracking for automatically tracked activities. You can always turn location tracking on or off in the Google Fit app at any time.

You can also delete your device location data at any time. If you delete a Journal session, the location data for that session is deleted.

Important: Device settings vary by phone and Android version. For more information, contact your device manufacturer.

Step 1: Manage location tracking on your device

  1. Open Google Fit Google Fit.
  2. At the bottom, tap Profile.
  3. At the top, tap Settings Settings.
  4. Under "Tracking preferences," turn Include maps for all activities on or off .

Step 2: Choose location tracking options

  1. On your device, open Settings .
  2. Tap Apps & notifications and then Google Fit Google Fit.
  3. Tap Permissions and then Location.
  4. Choose how to track your location:
    • Allow or Allow all the time: Google Fit tracks your location when the app isn't open to log your activity any time you're active.
    • Allow only while using the app: Google Fit tracks your location only while the app is open and you're tracking an activity.
    • Deny: Turns off location tracking.

On your Wear OS smartwatch

Important: On Wear OS, Google Fit only tracks your location when you choose to manually track a workout.
  1. If your screen is dim, tap the screen to wake up the watch.
  2. From the top of the screen, swipe down.
  3. Tap Settings and then Apps & notifications and then App permissions and then System apps.
  4. Tap Google Fit Google Fit.
  5. Turn on or off Location.

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