Google Maps Your Timeline Mac screenshot 001

Google yesterday announced a new feature for users of its mapping service which makes it easy and fun to reminisce about the places you’ve explored with Google Maps.

Currently available on desktop and Android, the “Your Timeline” feature lets you revisit any place you’ve been on a given day, month or year.

Your Timeline is private and visible only to you.

As a bonus, if you use Google’s new Photos mobile app, available free of charge in the App Store, it’ll show you the photos you took when viewing a specific day.

“Your Timeline allows you to visualize your real-world routines, easily see the trips you’ve taken and get a glimpse of the places where you spend your time,” Google explains.

The places I visited in August 2014 are depicted on the screenshot top of post.

As you can see for yourself, the web interface is light, organized and easy on the eyes. You can narrow Your Timeline history to the specific year, month or date, check out a graph displaying your travel, see your quick trips alongside the bottom, check the status of your Location History settings and more.

If you click on any of the previously recorded locations, you’ll get a nice full-screen map view of that place. On Android, Your Timeline is available in the side menu.

Google Maps Your Timeline Android screenshot 001

Presumably, this is also where you’ll soon find Your Timeline in Google Maps for iOS.

The web interface permits you to delete a day or your full history, edit any place which appears in Your Timeline, remove a specific location, give a frequented spot a private name like Home Base, Dad’s House and more.

All of  the named places will then appear right in Google Maps when you’re logged in. To see the new feature in action, visit the Your Timeline website on your Mac.

Google Maps Your Timeline Android screenshot 002

Your Timeline takes advantage of Location History.

Basically a private map of where you go with your logged-in devices, Location History is required to take advantage of Your Timeline and is used across many Google products for stuff like automatic commute predictions, improved search results and more.

You can turn Location History on or off at any time, change or delete individual locations, days or your entire Location History, if you want.

As mentioned before, Your Timeline is currently available to logged-in Google Maps users on desktop and Android. The search giant wouldn’t tell when, or if Your Timeline might launch on iOS, but you can count on iDownloadBlog to keep you in the loop.

Source: Google

  • 5723alex .

    Another privacy/security new feature from Google.

  • NotTodayThx

    humans have a memory for this exact reason, remembering the places they go,ppl they meet etc etc, this looks like its just another tool for .gov and cronies to know where you’ve been, packaged by the social engineers as another nifty useful thing,
    Health counts your steps in the background with zero user input required, most ppl actually keep location on (loco lol), coupled with the little increments your footfall is counted in its a terrible intrusion into people’s private lives, anyone i know involved in ‘anything’ that requires privacy for best practices, has about 10 pay as you blow Sims and some ancient feature phone that can hardly remember what year it is, the modern smartphone and subsequently a bunch of apps is just a ‘bug'(monitoring device), A hardware platform & software suite on steroids, willingly carried, for multiple ppl such as, individuals, corporations, government, that really have no good intentions, to access your data as and when they see fit.
    No surprise that google have given you another way to be tracked.