Google Maps can now track where users have been

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Google Maps has released a new feature that enables users to view all the places they have been. The feature, called “Your Timeline”, provides accurate information on which locations users have visited throughout the day. However, Google Maps users need not worry about their movements being public, as the feature will only work if they have shared their location with Google.

“Your Timeline” will only track movements on days when users are active on Google Maps and only users themselves and Google will be able to access the information. The feature lists all the places users have been, as well as showing what routes have been taken. It also works in conjunction with Google’s Geo Tagging feature, as any photos that have been shared in the Google Photos app will appear on the timeline.

Speaking about the new feature in a blog post, Product Manager Gerard Sanz said: “Have you ever wanted a way to easily remember all the places you’ve been – whether it’s a museum you visited during your last vacation or that fun bar you stumbled upon a few months ago?

“Well, starting today, Google Maps can help. We’re gradually rolling out Your Timeline, a useful way to remember and view the places you’ve been on a given day, month or year. Your Timeline allows you to visualize your real-world routines, easily see the trips you’ve taken and get a glimpse of the places where you spend your time. And if you use Google Photos, we’ll show the photos you took when viewing a specific day, to help resurface your memories.”

Sanz added that users can control which locations they wish to keep and can delete individual days or their complete history whenever they wish.

He said: “You can edit any place that appears in Your Timeline, including removing a specific location or giving a frequented spot a private name like — Mom’s House or My Favorite Running Spot. This spot will then appear right in Google Maps when you’re logged in.”

Although the feature is still in the process of being rolled out, many users can access it now on Android devices and desktop.


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