In an announcement via blog post, Google unveiled an array of enhancements, empowering users to access on-device location history, create timelines, and enjoy expanded capabilities with the blue dot denoting their current position.
Soon, users will have the ability to review recent activities at specific locations and swiftly delete their location history, directions, searches, and visits with just a few clicks, enhancing their privacy. These options are set to roll out in the upcoming weeks.
For individuals utilizing the Location History feature, Google has shifted the storage of the ‘Timeline’ to the device itself, offering the choice to encrypt and back it up to the cloud. Furthermore, Google has adjusted the default duration for storing Location History to 90 days from the previous 18 months (approximately 548 days). Users will retain the option to extend this duration based on their preferences.
The familiar blue dot signaling a user’s location on the map will now provide insights into whether Location History or Timeline features are active and if Google Maps has access to their location.
Google assures users will be notified when these updates become available and plans to gradually implement them for both Android and iOS users throughout 2024. To retain Google Maps Location History, it’s essential not to overlook the notification prompting users to extend the duration before their data is erased.