Google Maps Timeline

You can view and manage your Location History information through Google Maps Timeline, which is available to both mobile and desktop users. In Timeline, you can edit specific entries from your Location History, delete information from ranges in time or delete all of your Location History data. Your timeline is private, so only you can see it.

If you have other settings like Web & App Activity turned on and you pause 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.

Note: You can see Timeline on the Google Maps app version 9.12 and up. If your Google Maps app is older, visit maps.google.com/timeline on your desktop or mobile browser to see Timeline.

Create Timeline

When you turn on Location History, your Timeline will reflect the places that you've gone with the devices that your account is logged in on and which are reporting location. Learn more about Location History.

Open Timeline:

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Maps app Maps.
  2. Tap Account Circle Account Circle and then Your Timeline Timeline.
  3. Tap More Moreand then Settings.
  4. Make sure that you see 'Location is on'. If you don’t, tap Location is off and then turn on Location.
  5. Make sure that you see 'Location History is on'. If you don’t, tap Location History is off and then turn on Location History.

See your travels

Timeline will include where you travelled and the way that you travelled from place to place, like walking, biking, driving or on public transport, during the times when you have Location History turned on.

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Maps app Maps.
  2. Tap Account Circle Account Circle and then Your Timeline Timeline.
  3. To see another day or month, tap Show calendar Show calendar and then swipe left or right and tap a day.

Tip: To see places that you've visited recently, tap Tap Saved Save place and then Visited.

Turn on or pause Location History

When you turn on Location History, Google records your location data and places in your Google Account, even when you're not using Google Maps. To turn on or pause your Location History, follow the steps below:

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, go to Timeline.
  2. Click Settings and then Location History and then Choose Enable Location History or Pause Location History.

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. To do this, turn on Web & App Activity.

Note: If Web & App Activity is turned off, you won’t be able to edit locations or activities on Timeline, but you can delete a day or your location history.

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Maps app Maps.
  2. Tap Account Circle Account Circle and then Your Timeline Timeline.
  3. Find the wrong place on your timeline and tap it.
  4. Tap Edit.
  5. From the bottom, tap the correct place or activity in the suggestions. You can also search for the place. Scroll to the bottom and tap Search.
  6. To edit when you were there, tap the time.

Note: If Web & App Activity is turned off, you won’t be able to 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, tap Account Circle Account Circle and then Settings and then Distance units. Then choose Automatic, Kilometres or Miles.

Delete a day

Important: When you delete Location History information from Timeline, you won't be able to see it again. 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 Google Search and Google 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 Account Circle Account Circle and then Your Timeline Timeline.
  3. In the top right, tap Show calendar Show calendar and then pick the day that you want to delete.
  4. Tap More More and then Delete day.

Delete location history

Important: When you delete Location History information from Timeline, you won't be able to see it again. 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 Google Search and Google 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 Account Circle Account Circle and then Your Timeline Timeline.
  3. Tap More More and then Settings.
  4. Scroll to 'Location settings'.
    •  Delete some of your history: Tap Delete Location History range.
    • 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 choose to automatically delete Location History that’s older than three months and 18 months.

  1. On your Android device, open the Google Maps app Maps.
  2. Tap Account Circle Account Circle and then Your Timeline Timeline.
  3. At 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 the likelihood that this will happen by doing the following: 

  1. Turn on Web & App Activity: If you've previously turned on Web & App Activity, Timeline will use information from your use of other Google products (like Google Search) during the time it was on. For example, if you searched for a local restaurant, Timeline will consider that information when determining whether you visited that restaurant or the one next door.
  2. 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

Google saves searches and browsing activity in your Web & App Activity, including associated information like location, when you've turned on that setting and you're signed in to your Google account. This information improves Google’s understanding of where you may have travelled, which makes Timeline more accurate.

Note: If Web & App Activity is turned off, you won’t be able to edit locations or activities on Timeline, but you can delete a day or your Location History. 

Turn on Web & App Activity

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Maps app Maps.
  2. Tap Account Circle Account Circle and then Your Timeline Timeline.
  3. Tap More More and then Settings.
  4. Under 'App history', choose Web & App Activity is off.

Fine-tune your location settings

You can improve the quality of Timeline when you are in "Battery saving" or "Device only" mode.

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Maps app Maps.
  2. Tap Account Circle Account Circle and then Your Timeline Timeline.
  3. Tap More More and then Settings.
  4. Tap 'Location', and then Mode. Then, choose Battery saving or Device only mode.
    Note: Choosing this option will update your device’s location settings, as well as your settings for Timeline.
  5. Tap Yes.

Confirm current locations in Timeline and see places near you

You can confirm your location in Google Maps in real time, even if you don’t have Location History turned on. Confirming places that you go can help you remember how many times you've been to the area, and how you got there.

Locations that you confirm are visible in Timeline, and you can delete them individually, or by deleting your Location History. Learn more about how to manage your Location History.
  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Maps app Maps.
  2. Tap on the blue dot and then See nearby places.
  3. Scroll through the list of places and choose your current location. 
  4. On the next screen, under 'Are you here now?' tap Yes.
  5. Tap View in Timeline to look at all the places that you've been and the times that you were there.

You can also confirm your location in real time from Google Chrome or the Google app: 

  1. Open Google Maps in Chrome or the Google app. 
  2. Search for your current location. 
  3. Tap 'More about [this place]'.
  4. Tap 'Yes' when you see 'Are you here now?' 

Tips and tricks

Find the last time that you visited a place

If a visit to a place is in Timeline, you can see the last time that you visited from the place’s info card in Google Maps. Here's how you do this:

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Maps app Maps.
  2. Tap Account Circle Account Circle and then Your Timeline Timeline.
  3. Select a place from Timeline.
  4. Tap Details.
  5. Scroll down until you see "You visited [x] ago".

Note: You'll only see 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'll 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

Find Google Photos in Timeline

You can choose to link your Google Photos account with Timeline. When this setting is enabled, photos will show up in Timeline when they're uploaded to Google Photos. To control whether your Google Photos appear in Timeline or not, follow these steps:

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Maps app Maps.
  2. Tap Account Circle Account Circle and then Your Timeline Timeline.
  3. Tap More More and then Settings.
  4. Under 'Timeline', find 'Google Photos'.
    • To show photos on Timeline, make sure that the switch is on.
    • To stop photos from showing up on Timeline, make sure that the switch is off.

Note: You can remove photos from Timeline, but this won't result in them or their metadata being deleted from Google Photos.

Remember films that you've watched in cinemas

You can access the films that you've watched at the cinema in your Timeline. Google can use public showtimes to suggest which films you might've been to based on when you were present at the cinema. This is visible only to you and can be edited and deleted at any time.

Films are part of the Timeline experience that reflects places that you've been. Learn how to manage your location history.

Find info about films that you've watched

After you watch a film at the cinema, it may be available in your Timeline. You can also watch the trailer and read the synopsis in your Timeline.

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Maps app Maps.
  2. Tap Account Circle Account Circle and then Your Timeline Timeline.
  3. Find the day that you visited the cinema.
  4. Under 'Your film', tap the film that you watched.

Remove a film from your Timeline

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Maps app Maps.
  2. Tap Account Circle Account Circle and then Your Timeline Timeline.
  3. Find the day that you visited the cinema.
  4. Under 'Your film', tap the film that you want to remove.
  5. In the top right, tap More More and then Remove film and then Remove.

Change a film in your Timeline

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Maps app Maps.
  2. Tap Account Circle Account Circle and then Your Timeline Timeline.
  3. Find the day that you visited the cinema.
  4. Under 'Your film', tap the film that you want to change.
  5. In the top right, tap More More and then Change film and then Tap a film from the list.
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