Gadgetren – Google Maps will basically save the history of our searches and trips. It’s just that we can delete it if we care about the privacy data.
Google Maps has indeed become a map service that is widely used today. I myself always rely on it if I don’t know the location of a place so I can get directions to go there.
This mapping service from Google is because it has more complete location support than some k. In addition, there are also some interesting features that can help make the navigation process easier, starting from pins and directions.
However, in providing better comfort and support to users, Google has implemented a history system to store location data that has been searched or visited. But this feature can be a problem for those of us who want to maintain privacy because it can be tracked if anyone has access.
Fortunately, deleting Google Maps history can be easily done by anyone, either through mobile applications or web pages such as Google search history in general. The problem is that the company provides its map service with special features that can be used as follows.
How to Delete History on Google Maps
Via Mobile App
- Open the Google Maps application on your cellphone
- Tap avatar (profile photo) next to the search field
- Select the menu Settings
- Search and open section Maps history
- Tap the button Remove (x icon) on the single data that you want to delete
- Confirm by pressing Delete
If you are tired of deleting one by one because the history data stored is very large, then we can do it en masse. Here are the steps to do it for those of you who don’t know.
- Go to page Maps history like the previous steps
- Tap the menu Delete at the very top of the history list
- Select the Delete option according to the desired time range
- Set the time if needed (depending on the pre-selected option)
- Tap Delete
Interestingly enough, Google also provides its map service with features that can be used to automatically delete history data. So later we no longer need to repeat the previous method over and over again which of course will be more practical.
- Go to page Maps history one more time
- Tap the menu Auto-delete (Off)
- Change setting to Auto-delete activity older than
- Change the time limit as needed
- Click button Next
- Review the data that will be deleted after setting
- Tap the button Confirm
Apart from using mobile applications on mobile phones, some of these can also be done through web pages which can be accessed via computers or other devices that support browsers. The steps are almost the same but you can listen to it in more detail as follows if you are still confused.
Through the Web
- Go to page https://www.google.com/maps via browser
- Click Login then use the Google account you have if you are not logged in
- Tap Menu (hamburger icon) to the left of the search field
- Select the menu Maps activity
- Find the history data that you want to delete
- Click button Remove
- Confirm by tapping the button Delete
Not much different from the application on mobile phones, the web version of the Google Maps service also supports the feature of mass erasing history data. We can do this by following the following steps.
- Go to page Maps Activity like the previous review
- Tap the button Delete at the top of the history list
- Select the desired Delete option
- Set time if asked
- Click button Delete
Not only the two methods that have been discussed, the feature to delete history data automatically can also be set via the web version. The steps to do this can be seen in the following details:
- Visit page Maps Activity
- Tap the menu Auto-delete (Off)
- Set settings to Auto-delete activity older than
- Set a time limit as needed
- Tap Next
- Click Confirm if you agree to delete old data according to the selected time limit
By using several ways to delete Google Maps history data, we no longer need to worry about privacy because the history of the places we visit is no longer stored. We can also be more comfortable when we need to use the service to find a place and guide the way to get there.