Nowadays almost every Android smartphone has a GPS chip inside it which can be used to fetch and pinpoint your location down to nearest 5 metres. And this device stays with you in your pocket all day wherever you go. Google uses it and automatically tracks your Android device’s location while keeping a detailed history of it. This might sound creepy to some, but rest assured, this information is not collected unless the user chooses to enable location tracking, which is asked for when the user is opening the Google Maps for the first time.
If you are comfortable with this concept, here is an easy way to view and manage your location history and know the details of your daily movements.
To enable location history:
- Open the Google app in your smartphone and head on to the SETTINGS.
- Tap on ACCOUNTS & PRIVACY
- Select the GOOGLE ACTIVITY CONTROLS
- Select GOOGLE LOCATION HISTORY
- Move the slider to ON position.
Now, once your device has accumulated some location history, you can access it anytime by using the Google Maps app.
To view the location history:
Open the Google Maps app in your device and select YOUR TIMELINE.
It’ll display your location data for the day.
You can tap an entry if you would want to view more details or maybe delete this location from your history.
Also, if you have geotagged features enabled in your camera app, you’ll even see the pictures you took at certain locations on your timeline.