We can all agree on the fact that GPS installed in our smartphones is one of the best features available. The days of only using MapQuest are over, and we couldn’t be more grateful. If you use Google Maps, however, it might behoove you to know that it tracks all of your locations. We understand that probably all of you don’t want this to happen any longer. Privacy is often hard to come by these days, after all. Read to discover how to make that stop immediately.
A New Feature from Maps
The option to delete your information hasn’t always been available, however. The new feature only became available this past summer, and it didn’t really make headline news. If you’ve tried to locate this feature but weren’t able to, that’s likely because it’s through the Maps app, and not through settings like many would expect.
- 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.”
Now, having your locations saved arguably isn’t the worst thing in the world. For instance, if you need to look back and see where you were on a certain day, it makes it easy for you to do so. That being said, let’s say someone steals your phone and can hack into it. If they want, they can track all of your previous locations if you haven’t cleared them. This is obviously not something we want, and this is where it could turn into a problem if not handled regularly.
We recommend deleting your data after three months. Once that time is up, you probably won’t need to access those places again anytime soon. In the meantime, keep driving and getting there safely with the help of Google Maps and other GPS assistants!