Here is how Google Maps tracks your every move

Date:13 December 2019 Author: Leila Stein Tags:

Google Maps keeps a detailed history of your movements, which might feel extremely creepy (like you have a robotic stalker), however, it happens regardless of whether you’re aware or not.

Like many of the apps which store your information, this is meant to help create a Google Maps’ experience that is personalised for you.

Have you ever wondered how Google Maps knows exactly which restaurants to highlight in your area as you zoom in to look at the streets?

The app saves information from other locations as well, not just your GPS, like the websites you visit and Youtube to create personalised maps and suggestions based on what your search.

“Location History helps you get useful information – for example, automatic commute predictions, improved search results – by creating a private map of where you go with your logged-in devices,” says Google on its website.

The automatic configuration is set to automatically save all your location history. When looking at my own history, Google pulled up marked locations from as far back as 2015.

Not everyone is comfortable with Google keeping their information for this long, so here is how you can change the settings to limit how long this information is stored:

  • 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.”

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