Here’s how to delete your detailed info Google Maps is tracking

Google Still Tracks Users With Location History Off Many users assume turning off Google’s Location History keeps activity private. According to the Associated Press, that’s not exactly the case. The tech giant confirmed to AP that it is still able to track users location even with the setting off. When the feature is off, Google can still track users by the minute. Such information includes remembering your home address and places visited. Any app activity can be used to track you. How do you actually st

Google Maps tracks everywhere you go. Some people find the fact that Google Maps keeps a log of everywhere you’ve been useful. For example, if you need to recall a friend’s address that you recently traveled to, you can simply look up your recent searches.

On the flip side, having everywhere you’ve recently traveled as public information can be invasive. So it makes sense that you would want to get rid of all the extremely detailed data Google Maps keeps on you, regardless of whether you use the GPS application.

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Over the summer, Google began rolling out a feature that lets you automatically delete your saved location data either every 18 months or every three months. Anything older than that is automatically deleted, according to CNBC.

To delete the log that Google keeps on you, just follow these simple steps:

  • Open Google Maps on iPhone or Android
  • Tap the menu bar on the top-left of the app
  • Choose "Your Timeline"
  • Tap the three dots on the top right of the screen
  • Choose "settings and privacy"
  • Select "Automatically delete location history"
  • Change the setting from "Keep until I delete manually" to "Keep for 18 months" or "Keep for 3 months"