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How navigation data makes Maps better for everyone

When you start turn-by-turn navigation, you’ll find a message that explains how navigation data makes Google 
Maps more useful for everyone.

Navigation data has always helped—and continues to help—Google Maps provide real-time features, such as traffic conditions, disruptions, and the ability to find the fastest route.

How navigation data works

When you use Google Maps turn-by-turn navigation, Google collects data to help reflect the world in real-time for everyone. Data, such as:

  • GPS location
  • Transportation mode 
  • Navigation details, such as the route you took  
  • Sensor data from your devices, such as the barometer 

Google uses your data by itself or combined with others to make Maps better, such as: 

  • Improving navigation
  • Suggesting faster alternate routes to save time
  • Showing real-time updates, such as traffic, disruptions, and weather conditions

Learn more about how your data is collected and used in accordance with Google’s Privacy Policy.

How Google protects navigation data

  • Navigation data, such as the route you took, isn’t associated with your Google Account. Instead, it’s associated with a securely generated identifier that resets on a regular basis. That means Maps can’t look up your navigation data based on your Google Account.
  • Other data collected as you explore the world, such as the directions you searched for in Google Search before starting navigation, may be associated with your Google Account. You can change controls and manage activity, such as Location History or Web & App Activity, by visiting Your data in Maps
  • We only collect the navigation data we need to provide the best Maps experience for everyone—after processing, it’s deleted.
  • We don't associate updates to the map with your Google Account or device.

Learn more about how Google keeps your information safe.

You’re in control

You can change location permission for Google Maps. Just so you know, if you deny location permission, this will disable features that use real-time location, such as turn-by-turn navigation. You will still be able to get the list of directions and a preview of the route.
On your Android phone or tablet's home screen, find the Google Maps app Maps.
  1. Touch and hold the Google Maps app Maps.
  2. Tap App info  and then Permissions and then Location.
  3. Select an option:
    • Allow all the time: The app can access your location at any time.
    • Only while using the app: Your location can only be accessed while you're using the app.
    • Ask every time: Every time you open the app, it'll ask to use your location. Your location can be used until you close the app.
    • Deny: The app is unable to use your location, even while you’re using the app.

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