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Google Maps' new timeline feature puts location history at your fingertips [Update]

If you've ever wanted a convenient way to keep track of your stops on your latest trip with Google Maps for Android, you may be in luck. Google appears to be quietly rolling out a new "Timeline" feature which allows you to take a look at your location history in detail.

The feature, called "Your Timeline," was pointed out to us by a reader, and places your location history in a new menu item located directly below the "Your Places" option in the hamburger menu. Overall, the timeline is presented in a relatively clean manner. You can swipe left or right to scroll between days, with a list of places you visited and how you got there sorted chronologically below a map of the day's trip.

One of the cooler aspects of the timeline is that you can select a particular stop to see not only the timespan that you were there, but also any pictures that you took while you were stopped there. Additionally, if you don't want a stop to show up on your timeline, you can tap the edit button and remove it. Going further, you can add a personal place by selecting it on the map and giving it a custom name.

Overall, this looks like a pretty great feature if you find a great restaurant or shop and want to remember where it is. The feature looks to be part of a slow rollout, so it may take a bit to land on your device.

Update: Google has now taken to a blog post to officially announce the feature, mostly going over what we covered above::

Have you ever wanted a way to easily remember all the places you've been -- whether it's a museum you visited during your last vacation or that fun bar you stumbled upon a few months ago? Well, starting today, Google Maps can help. We're gradually rolling out Your Timeline, a useful way to remember and view the places you've been on a given day, month or year. 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. And if you use Google Photos, we'll show the photos you took when viewing a specific day, to help resurface your memories.

Additionally, it looks like Timeline is accessible on desktop as well, so long as you've opted-in to allowing Google to access your location history. Again, as Google notes, this is a gradual rollout, so it may take some time before the "Your Timeline" option appears on your device.

Thanks to Tom W. for the tip!

  • This used to be a feature of Latitude, man how I miss it.
  • I miss everything about latitude.
  • i turn off Location History and Location Reporting. no value for me - actually a net negative given the battery hit and privacy issues.
  • You should keep WiFi and radios off too if you don't want to be tracked.
  • reductio ad absurdum.
  • i will give it a try although i miss latitude
  • Yes!!! Its like latitude is back only better!! I just tried it out, it works great. Posted via Android Central App
  • Could do you post your version of Google Maps? I have 9.11.1 with no luck.
  • I also can't access this... not sure why
  • Latitude never left. It's just been Google location history. I use it religiously and I love looking at my history because I drive a truck all over the United States and to be able to look at and visualize it is super cool. I've been using it since 2009 when it was rolled out and I've got history for every place I've ever been right down to the second almost. I love it!!
  • You can look at Timeline on the desktop by pulling up you Location History. Love the new interface and it's fun to look at the places you have been. Privacy be damned. I get value out of this. (And no, there's no hit to my battery either.)
  • You have to look for the new version somewhere other than google play. Posted via Android Central App
  • Can it track me using a nexus 7? Gps and sometimes wifi? I'm travelling around and wondered. Posted via the Android Central App
  • How do you "update" your location? I have some old locations, but i have many days with no info at all. Do you need to use maps before it works? I have location enabled
  • My timeline doesn't work in my country Iraq, so I receive message ((Can't connect to maps. Try again in a few minute)) how can fix this error. anyone help me? Posted via the Android Central App
  • I have two Samsung Galaxy (Grand 2 ^ Note 10.1 Edition 2014) Posted via the Android Central App
  • I'm not sure how it works yet but I'm going to comment on last version of Chrome timeline and hope to get a question answered.