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In the coming months, the Location History setting name will change to Timeline. If Location History is turned on for your account, you may find Timeline in your app and account settings.

Update Google Maps to use Timeline on your device

Important: These changes are gradually rolling out to all users of the Google Maps app. You'll get a notification when an update is available for your account.

Location History is now called Timeline, and you now have new choices for your data. To continue using Timeline, you must have an up-to-date version of the Google Maps app. Otherwise, you may lose data and access to your Timeline on Google Maps.

Timeline is created on your devices.

How to keep your existing Timeline data

Important: Make sure you have Google Maps app version 11.106 or up, Android 6.0 or up, or update your Google Maps app.

To keep your existing Timeline data, you must update your settings:

  1. You’ll receive a push notification, email message, or in-app notification about Timeline.
  2. Follow the on-screen instructions.
  3. Tap Done.

Your data will be moved to the device based on the settings you chose. If you want to import your data to a different device, you can turn on backup.

If you don’t update your settings by the deadline in the emails and notifications you receive, you may lose some or all of your Timeline data, like your visits and routes.

For more info, refer to the email from Google Location History.

Back up your Timeline data

You can automatically back up your Timeline if you need to switch devices. When you back up your Timeline data, it saves an encrypted copy of your data on Google’s servers.

Important: It can take a few days for changes to your Timeline to reflect in a backup.

Turn on backup on your device

Important: To turn on backup, auto-delete must be off.

  1. On your Android phone, open the Google Maps app Maps.
  2. Tap your profile picture or initial Account Circle and then Your Timeline.
  3. At the upper right, tap the cloud .
  4. If auto-delete is turned on, turn it off.
    • To turn off auto-delete, tap Don’t auto delete activity.
  5. On the Backup screen, turn on Backup.
  6. Tap Yes.
Delete backup for your device

Important: Turning off and deleting backups doesn't delete the Timeline data saved on any of your devices. You can turn backups on again at any time.

  1. On your Android phone, open the Google Maps app Maps.
  2. Tap your profile picture or initial Account Circle and then Your Timeline.
  3. At the upper right, tap Backup .
  4. From the “Your backups” section, select a device.
  5. Tap More More and then Delete.
Delete backup for all your devices

Important: Turning off and deleting backups doesn't delete the Timeline data saved on any of your devices. You can turn backups on again at any time.

  1. On your Android phone, open the Google Maps app Maps.
  2. Tap your profile picture or initial Account Circle and then Your Timeline.
  3. At the upper right, tap Backup .
  4. Turn off Backup this device.
  5. On the “Turn off and delete backup” screen, tap Turn off & delete.

Import your Timeline data from a backup

To move an existing backup to a different device or import your Timeline on a new device, you can import your Timeline data from a backup: 

  1. On your Android phone, open the Google Maps app Maps.
  2. Tap your profile picture or initial Account Circle and then Your Timeline.
  3. At the upper right, tap the cloud .
  4. From the “Your backups” section, select a device.
  5. Tap More More and then Import.
  6. On the “Import Timeline from backup” screen, tap Import.

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