Location in Google Settings

The information below applies to Android devices only. Learn about Location Reporting and History for iPhone and iPad.

About Location History and Location Reporting

Location History and Location Reporting data may be used by any Google app or service, including in ads on and off Google. For example, Google Maps may use it to improve your search results based on the places that you've been.

  • Location Reporting: Allows Google to periodically store and use your device's most recent location data, as well as activities like driving, walking, and biking, in connection with your Google Account. How often Location Reporting updates your location data isn't fixed. Frequency is determined by factors like how much battery life your device has, if you're moving, or how fast you're moving. Location Reporting will only use cell ID or Wi-Fi location detection depending on your device.
  • Location History: Allows Google to store a history of your location data from all devices where you're logged into your Google Account and have enabled Location Reporting. You can turn off Location History at any point, but doing so won’t delete your Location History. It also will not turn off Location Reporting, GPS, or Wi-Fi location services for your device.

Depending on your device and version of Android, you can use the Google Settings app or Settings menu to manage these location settings. Learn how to use the Settings menu to manage location for your device. You can also manage some of these settings using the Account History website. If you’re using a Google Apps for Business, Education, and Government account, your administrator may need to grant you access to these settings.

Manage Location Reporting

Location Reporting is available on devices running Android 2.3 or higher and have Google Maps for mobile 6.14.5 or higher installed.

IMPORTANT: Location Reporting is a per-device setting and can potentially use a lot of data. We recommend that you review your data plan before using this feature. If Location Reporting is not available in your region, it's automatically turned off for that device.

Steps to turn Location Reporting on or off
Access to Location Reporting in Google Settings is available on devices running Android 4.4 or higher. If your device is running Android 4.3 or lower, follow the instructions to turn location access on or off.
  1. From your device's apps menu, open Google Settings .
  2. Touch Location > Google Location Reporting > Location Reporting for the account you want to change.
  3. Use the switch to turn Location Reporting on or off.
Usage and diagnostics for Location Reporting

When you turn on Location Reporting, you also enable your device to send diagnostics information to Google about what’s working and what’s not working in relation to Location Reporting. All usage and diagnostics information is used in accordance with Google’s privacy policy.

For example, when location services aren't working the way they should, your device may send information to Google to improve Location Reporting, such as:

  • 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 Reporting 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.

Manage Location History

Access to Location History in Google Settings is available on devices running Android 2.3 or higher and have Google Maps for mobile 6.14.5 or higher installed.

Location History allows Google to store a history of your location data from all devices where you're logged into your Google Account and have enabled Location Reporting. IMPORTANT: If you turn off Location History, it's turned off for all devices associated with that Google Account.

Steps to turn Location History on or off

Turn Location History on or off using Google Settings

  1. From your device's apps menu, open Google Settings  .
  2. If your device is running Android 4.4 or higher, touch Account History > Google Location History > Location History for the account you want to change. If your device is running Android 4.3 or lower, touch Location > Location History.
  3. Use the switch to turn Location History on or off.

Turn Location History on or off using the Account History website

  1. Go to google.com/settings/accounthistory. If prompted, sign in to the Google Account you want associated with your location.
  2. On the "Places you go" card, select Turn on or Pause, depending on your current setting.
  3. After reading the notification, click the button to turn on or pause location history.

Delete Location History

You can delete your Location History usint the Google Settings app or on the Location History websiteIMPORTANT: If you delete Location History from Google Settings, all of your history will be deleted. This can't be reversed, and it may cause some apps like Google Now to experience problems. To delete certain segments of your history, follow the steps to delete Location History using the Location History website.

Steps to delete Location History

Delete Location History using Google Settings

  1. From your device's apps menu, open Google Settings .
  2. If your device is running Android 4.4 or higher, touch Account History > Google Location History > Location History for the account you want to change. If your device is running Android 4.3 or lower, touchLocation > Location History.
  3. Touch Delete Location History at the bottom of the screen.
  4. Read the dialog box that appears, check the box next to "I understand and want to delete," and touch Delete.

Delete Location History using the Location History website

On the Location History website, you can delete individual locations, locations by date, or your entire location history. The Location History website is not launched in Korea. Here's how:

  1. Log in to your Google account on maps.google.com/locationhistory.
  2. You can choose to delete the following information:
    • Entire history: Select Delete all history to delete all stored 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.