Google Maps captures your every move: how to remove this information
If you do not configure Google Maps properly, it will automatically keep a detailed log of all your movements, wherever you go, regardless of whether you are walking, traveling or flying anywhere in the world. Everything is recorded in great detail, down to the minute, and can show where you were at any given time. We tell you how to automatically delete this information.
Sometimes this information can be useful - for example, you can see where you went during your last trip. Or do you want Google to know how long it usually takes to get where you often go. However, this data has been stored on Google’s servers for several years, writes CNBC.
This summer, Google began rolling out a feature that automatically deleted the saved location date every 18 months or every 3 months. Anything older than this is automatically deleted, so Google will not know about the stops you made in Las Vegas last year.
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Oddly enough, Google does not post this option on your account page. To configure the automatic deletion function, you need to delve into the settings in Google Maps.
Here is what you need to do:
- Open Google Maps on iPhone or Android.
- Click on the menu button in the upper left corner of the application.
- Select “Your Timeline”.
- Click on the three dots in the upper right corner of the screen.
- Select 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 18 months”.
It is recommended to force this data to be deleted every 3 of a month. There is no particular reason to leave them in your story for much longer, although you can choose 18 months if you do not agree with this statement. Anything older than the time you set will now be automatically deleted and will continue to be deleted by Google over time.
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