Let’s admit it: We often hesitate to open the Google Maps app in public. This is because it shows a detailed list of locations where we have been before, and anyone near us can peek into it.

It can sometimes feel a little creepy to open Google Maps only to find that the app keeps a record of all visits. Google Maps saves your location history, which is why you can use its ‘Timeline’ feature.

However, if you take privacy very seriously, you may want to hide your location in Google Maps’ location history. How to do so? This article will explain.

1. Use the Incognito Mode of Google Maps

The easiest way to avoid location history tracking is to use the app’s incognito mode. Incognito Mode doesn’t save your browse or search history on your account.

1. Launch the Google Maps app on your phone.

2. When the app opens, tap on your profile picture at the top right corner.

profile picture

3. On the menu that appears, select Turn on Incognito mode.

Turn on Incognito mode

4. Now, you will see a prompt about the Incognito Mode. Simply tap Close.


5. To exit the Incognito Mode, tap on the profile picture again and select ‘Turn Off Incognito Mode’

Turn Off Incognito Mode

2. Delete Your Location History Data from the Timeline

If you don’t want your location history to appear in the Google Maps Timeline, delete your existing data from the Google Maps account. Here’s what you need to do.

1. Open the Google Maps app on your phone.

2. Next, tap on your profile picture at the top right corner.

profile picture

3. On the menu that appears, select Your Timeline.

Your Timeline

4. Next, tap on three dots at the top right corner and select Location & privacy settings.

Settings and Privacy

5. Scroll down and find these three options:

  • Delete all Timeline Data
  • Delete Range of Timeline Data
  • Auto-Delete Timeline.


6. You can choose among the given options. You can also set up Auto-Delete timeline option.

Auto-Delete timeline

3. Disable the Web & App Activity

Web & App Activity is a feature that saves your activity on Google sites and apps. You can disable this feature to prevent your location history from being saved. Here’s how.

1. Launch the Settings app on your phone.

2. When the Settings app opens, scroll down and tap on Google.


3. On the next screen, tap on Manage your Google Account button.

Manage your Google Account

4. Switch to the Data and Privacy tab.

Data and Privacy

5. Tap on the drop-down next to Web & App Activity and select Turn Off.

Turn Off

From now on, Google Maps won’t save the locations you’ve visited and will not update the timeline data.

These are a few simple methods to protect your location data while using Google Maps on Android. If you need more help on this topic, let us know in the comments. Also, if you find this guide helpful, don’t forget to share it with your friends.


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