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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.

Google Maps Timeline

Manage your Timeline

Google Maps Timeline is a personal map that helps you remember routes and trips that you've taken and places that you've been to based on your Location History. You can edit your Timeline at any time and delete your Location History in Timeline.

If you have settings like Web & App Activity turned on and you turn off Location History or delete location data from Location History, you may still have location data saved in your Google Account as part of your use of other Google Sites, apps and services. This activity can include info about your location from your device’s general area and IP address. For example, location data may be saved as part of activity on Search and Google Maps when your Web & App Activity setting is on, and included in your photos, depending on your camera app settings.

Important: You can find Timeline on the Google Maps app version 9.12 and up. If your Google Maps app is older, go to maps.google.com/timeline on your computer or mobile browser to use Timeline.

Create Timeline

To build your Timeline, you need to turn on your Location Services and Location History. Location History is a Google Account setting that creates Timeline, a personal map that helps you remember routes and trips that you've taken and places that you've been to. Learn more about Location History.

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Maps app Maps.
  2. Tap your profile picture or initial Account Circle and then Your Timeline Timeline.
  3. Tap More Moreand then Settings and privacy.
  4. Under 'Location settings', check that it says 'Location is on'. If it doesn’t, tap Location is off and turn on Location.
  5. Under 'Location settings', check that it says 'Location History is on'. If it doesn’t, tap Location History is off and turn on Location History.

Find your travels

When Location History is on, Timeline shows where and how you travelled, like walking, biking, driving or on public transport. 

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Maps app Maps.
  2.  Tap your profile picture or initial Account Circle and then Your Timeline Timeline.
  3. To find another day or month, at the top, tap Today. Swipe left or right on the calendar and tap a day.
Tip: You can switch between the tabs at the top of the screen, such as Places, Cities or World, and find insights about places that you visited.

Turn Location History on or off

When you turn on Location History, your precise device location is regularly saved – to your devices and Google’s servers, even when Google apps aren’t being used, and creates your Timeline.

To turn your Location History on or off:

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Maps app.
  2. Tap your profile picture or initial Account Circle and then Your Timeline Timeline.
  3. Tap More Moreand thenSettings and privacy.
  4. Tap Location History is off or Location History is on.
  5. Turn Location History on or off.

If you have settings like Web & App Activity turned on and you turn off Location History or delete location data from Location History, you may still have location data saved in your Google Account as part of your use of other Google Sites, apps and services. For example, location data may be saved as part of activity on Search and Google Maps when your Web & App Activity setting is on, and included in your photos, depending on your camera app settings.

Learn more about how to manage or delete your Location History.

Edit Timeline

Change the places that you visited and activities that you've done

If a place is wrong on Timeline, you can edit the location and when you were there. 

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Maps app Maps.
  2. Tap your profile picture or initial Account Circle and then Your Timeline Timeline.
  3. Find the wrong place on your timeline and tap it.
  4. Tap Edit.
  5. At the bottom, tap the correct place or activity in the suggestions. To search for a place, scroll to the bottom and tap Search.
  6. To edit when you were there, tap the time.
Tip: If Web & App Activity is turned off, you can’t edit locations or activities on Timeline, but you can delete a day or your entire Location History.
Switch between miles and kilometres

To change how Timeline measures distance:

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Maps app Maps
  2. Tap   your profile picture or initial Account Circle and then Settings and then Distance units.
  3. Choose Automatic, Kilometres or Miles.
Delete a day
Important: When you delete Location History info from Timeline, you can't view it on Timeline in the future. If you have other settings like Web & App Activity turned on and you delete Location History, you may still have location data saved in your Google Account as part of your use of other Google Sites, apps and services. For example, location data may be saved as part of activity on Search and Maps when your Web & App Activity setting is on, and included in your photos depending on your camera app settings.
  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Maps app Maps.
  2. Tap your profile picture or initial Account Circle and then Your Timeline Timeline.
  3. At the top, tap Today. Swipe left or right on the calendar and tap the day that you want to delete.
  4. Tap More More and then Delete day.
Delete Location History
Important: When you delete Location History info from Timeline, you can't view it on Timeline in the future. If you have other settings like Web & App Activity turned on and you delete Location History, you may still have location data saved in your Google Account as part of your use of other Google Sites, apps and services. For example, location data may be saved as part of activity on Search and Maps when your Web & App Activity setting is on, and included in your photos depending on your camera app settings.
  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Maps app Maps.
  2.  Tap your profile picture or initial Account Circle and then Your Timeline Timeline.
  3. Tap More More and then Settings and privacy.
  4. Scroll to 'Location settings'.
    • To delete some of your history, tap Delete Location History range.
    • To delete everything, tap Delete all Location History.

Learn more about how to manage or delete your Location History.

Automatically delete your Location History

You can automatically delete Location History that’s older than 3 months, 18 months or 36 months.

  1. On your Android device, open the Google Maps app Maps.
  2. Tap your profile picture or initial Account Circle and then Your Timeline Timeline.
  3. In the top right, tap More Moreand then Settings and privacy.
  4. Scroll to “Location settings”.
  5. Tap Automatically delete Location History.
  6. Follow the on-screen instructions.

Improve the accuracy of Timeline

Occasionally, you may find mistakes on Timeline. For example, when you're in dense urban areas, Timeline may show that you visited one restaurant when in fact you dined at another nearby. You can help us improve the accuracy of Timeline to limit mistakes by doing the following: 

  • Turn on Web & App Activity: If you've previously turned on Web & App Activity, Timeline uses information from your use of other Google products during the time it was on. For example, if you searched for a local restaurant, Timeline considers that information when determining whether you visited that restaurant or the one next door.
  • Confirm where you’ve been: You can manually confirm the places that you've been by recording them directly on Timeline.
Save your search and browsing activity with Google

When you turn on Web & App Activity and sign in to your Google Account, Google saves searches and browsing activity, including related information like location. This information improves Google’s understanding of where you may have travelled, which makes Timeline more accurate.

Turn on Web & App Activity

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Maps app  Maps.
  2. Tap your profile picture or initial Account Circle and then Your Timeline Timeline.
  3. Tap  More More and then Settings and privacy.
  4. Under 'App history', choose Web & App Activity is off.
  5. Turn on Web & App Activity.
Tip: If Web & App Activity is turned off, you can’t edit locations or activities on Timeline, but you can delete a day or your entire Location History.

Tips and tricks

Find the last time that you visited a place

If your visit to a place is in Timeline, you can find the last time that you visited in Google Maps. 

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Maps app Maps.
  2.  Tap your profile picture or initial Account Circle and then Your Timeline Timeline.
  3. Select a place from Timeline.
  4. Tap Details.
  5. Scroll until you find Timeline Timeline. Next to this icon, you can find information about the last time you visited.
Tip: You can only find this info if the place is already in your Timeline.
Find your home and work on Timeline

If you've saved your home and work addresses to Google, they show up on Timeline. In addition to Timeline, this information may also be used in other Google products and services.

Learn how to set your home and work addresses.

You’re in control

You can always review your data, and any choices you make here, at activity.google.com or your Timeline.

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