Google has introduced a new Timeline feature that claims to give you a visual representation of where you have been on any given day. The Google Maps Timeline tracks your location and shows you where you’ve been.
The search company already tracks the location of Android users, as long as they choose to share their location history with Google. This allows the company to provide more relevant and contextualized information within applications and ads. For example, Google now provides information when there are traffic incidents along your commute, or reminds you where you parked your car. Users can access and manage their location history in their account settings.
This new feature which Google introduced to its Maps application allows users to see where they have been on any given day, month or year.
According to Google, The new Google Maps Timeline feature puts this information onto a map, letting users “visualize their real-world routines, easily see the trips they’ve taken and get a glimpse of the places where they spend their time”.
People who use Google Photos – Google’s new app that assigns tags to objects in photos and automatically arranges them into albums – can also see all the photos they took in a specific place or on a specific day on their Google Maps Timeline.
Google Maps Timeline helps you to easily remember all the places you’ve been, “…Your Timeline is private and visible only to you; and you control the locations you choose to keep”, said Google product manager Gerard Sanz.
He added that users can easily delete a day or their full history at any time. They can also edit any place that appears on their Timeline, including removing specific locations or assigning a custom name like ‘Family House’ or ‘My Favorite Bar’. Any custom names that are assigned to specific places will appear in Google Maps whenever the user is logged in.
The new feature is available on desktop and Android.