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Google Maps timeline: how to check your travel history on Google Maps?

Google Maps is a powerful navigation tool to aid your travel needs. It helps you explore places, restaurants, clinics, and pretty much anything you can imagine. From local listings to international destinations, Google Maps have been a travel partner to millions of people. Be it the daily commute to work or finding a relaxing spot while on a vacation, Google Maps offers everything with just a click of a button. 

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People who travel often might want to look back at their travel memories and see what they’ve accomplished so far. The Google Maps timeline tracks your travels 24 hours a day and 365 days a year. After using Google Maps, you can actually look back and see what cities, states, islands and countries you’ve travelled to. Enabling Google Maps timeline is no rocket science, and you can even set up yearly updates to look back at your memories from time to time.

What is Google Maps timeline?

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There is no denying the fact that every app tracks users’ data in one way or the other. Google Maps is no exception to that rule because it regularly keeps a track of places you’ve visited including your local bars, restaurants, beaches, new cities, and even countries. Likewise, Google Maps Timeline is the sum of places and routes you have visited with your Google-enabled devices. This timeline notifies you of details about your travels, and you can even edit, delete, or enable-disable it via the in-app settings.

It literally works on the same concept as Google Photos. You can look back at your memories through images on Google Photos. Google Maps also allows you to look back at the places you have visited within the last 18 months. It is a great way to collect memories and revisit the moments gone by. Video bloggers and travel enthusiasts might find this feature useful, and since everyone loves to travel, it’s a cool feature that reminds you of places you have visited in the past. 

Google Maps timeline: how to enable timeline history on Google Maps through mobile?

By creating your Google Maps timeline, Google Maps will track your location over the course of 18 months. It will collect the location history of places you’ve been to or come across during your travels. The feature is linked to the Google account, which means you can enable/disable Location History by simply logging into your Google account regardless of the device type. Changes made to the location history also reflect on other devices you’re logged in to with the same Google account. To enable Google Maps timeline on your Google account, follow these steps:

  1. Firstly, you need to enable Location History on your Google account
  2. Though this service is enabled as default, some business/enterprise accounts might have restrictions over-sharing Location History with Google
  3. Now, on your smartphone, open the Settings app
  4. Scroll down to the bottom of the page until you find the Google settings
  5. Select Google Account and scroll down to the Data & Personalization feature
  6. Tap on the Location History button (available under the Activity Controls tab)
  7. Now, press the toggle to turn on or turn off the Location History

Google Maps timeline: how to enable timeline history on Google Maps using PC?

As mentioned before, Google Maps is not device-centric, and you can run this application on your PC as well. Furthermore, if you like PC’s over smartphones then you can change the timeline settings by going over to your Google account on a Windows or Mac computer. Though the process is almost similar for smartphones and PC, there are some protocols you have to follow. To enable/disable Google Location History on a PC, please follow the step-by-step instructions below. 

  1. Open Google Chrome, Firefox, or any other web browser currently installed on your computer
  2. Go to www.google.com and click on your profile picture (available in the top-right corner of the screen)
  3. Click on “Manage your Google Account” and then select “Data and Privacy”
  4. Scroll down until you see “Things you’ve done and places you’ve been”
  5. There, you’ll see three different settings – Web and App Activity, Location History, and YouTube History
  6. Turn ON the toggle for Location History, and you’re good to go

Google Maps timeline: how to check your Google Maps timeline on mobile?

Here is a quick look at how to check your Google Maps timeline. Please note, this option will not be available for your account unless you turn on the Location History on your Google account. You can check your Google Maps timeline by following the steps below. 

  1. Open the Google Maps app on your smartphone
  2. Tap on your profile picture (available in the top-right corner of the screen)
  3. Now, tap on the Your Timeline option
  4. A new menu will appear with a bunch of new options
  5. These options may vary depending on the type of device you are using
  6. Here, you can check out all the places you’ve visited in a day
  7. It’ll also share information about what vehicles you’ve used for travelling and how long you’ve stayed at each location
  8. From the same window, you can tap on Cities to check out cities you’ve been to, and Countries to check out nations you’ve visited in the past 

Google Maps timeline: how to check your Google Maps timeline on PC?

You can check your Google Maps timeline on a PC as well. The process is fairly simple, and all you need to do is sign in to your Google account and follow some quick steps below. To start with the process, head over to www.google.com and follow the step-by-step instructions below. 

  1. Click on the “Sign in” button (available in the top-right corner of the screen)
  2. Enter your Google login credentials and sign in to your Google user account
  3. Now, open Google Maps and click on the three horizontal lines (available in the top-left corner of the screen)
  4. Select your preferred timeline on the next screen
  5. Click on the blue bars or enter a particular date to see all the places you’ve travelled to on that day
  6. To check all the business and tourist places you’ve travelled to, click on the places marked in red

Google Maps timeline: how to edit/delete Google Maps timeline?

If you’re not satisfied with the Google Maps timeline or want to change/delete certain destinations, you can do so by turning on the Web & App Activity. Here is a walkthrough to change/delete your Google Maps timeline.

  1. Open Google Chrome and sign in to your Google account
  2. Go to Google Maps and select “Your Timeline” 
  3. Search for the place you want to edit on your account and click on the down arrow icon
  4. Choose the correct location and select your preferred time 
  5. In case you cannot save the settings, go to your Google account’s settings and turn ON the Web & App Activity
  6. If you want to delete locations or an entire day from the Timeline, tap on the locations in Red and select “Remove stop from the day” or the “Delete day” option

Google Maps timeline: FAQs

How can I get Google maps timeline on my computer?

Sign in to your Google account on your computer and open Google Maps. After that, navigate to the Timeline option to see all the places you’ve travelled up to 18 months. You can even add, delete, and edit your timeline according to your preferences. Furthermore, you can find places you’ve visited recently by clicking on the “Menu Your places Visited” option.

How to turn on location history on Google Maps?

Using your Android device, open the Google Maps application and tap on your profile picture. After that, tap on the More Settings option and make sure “Location is on” is visible. In case you cannot see this option, tap on Location History to turn it on.

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Ashish Khaitan

Ashish Khaitan is a Delhi University graduate with 2+ years of experience in tech writing. He has written troubleshooting guides for hardware and software products, and has previously worked for publications like AnimeIndia and OTAKUSMART. Ashish covers deals, gaming and features on Pricebaba. He enjoys reading comics and is a big fan of Japanese anime.