It’s no secret that Google, as well as other large technology companies, I know a lot about you. Probably a lot more than you think. And while it’s generally eerie in general, it can sometimes give great results for a while before returning to the eerie. Example: You can start the year by chasing with Google Maps.
As noted by 9to5Google, Google Maps is currently releasing its History 2020 update, an email that gives you a breakdown of the places you’ve been, based on your location history. Although this summary is available on a monthly basis, the outlet notes, the 2020 update will show what your travel habits have looked like over the past year.
Yes, 2020 was the year of the coronavirus pandemic, which severely affected travel and traffic in general, and Google acknowledges this.
“COVID-19 changed travel around the world in 2020 and how many places people have been able to visit,” reads the email to 9to5Google. “If you’ve been able to travel this year, you can see some of the places you’ve been with with this automated timeline email.”
Although our way of life is hampered by the pandemic, it can still be interesting to see where we managed to go. According to 9to5Google, the update includes a map of the cities and places you’ve traveled to, as well as a new section called Trends. This section tells you what types of places you have visited, such as where you go shopping or eating. Google Maps History also gives you information on how many miles you’ve traveled and traveled.
To use this feature, you obviously need to include Location History in your Google Account settings. (I don’t do that, so I’ve been foolishly looking for this resume for a long time and I haven’t gotten any results). However, if you have other settings, such as “Network and app activity,” enabled, Google can still save your location data when you use its sites, apps, and services, even if you’ve paused or deleted Location History. your location data according to company supports pages for the function.
On its feature support page, Google says that you can edit your history or delete your location history, as well as its time ranges, at any time.
Fortunately, Google says your history isn’t available to everyone. It is private and only you can see it on mobile devices and desktops.
Overall, kind of cool, but also kind of scary. You decide how to feel like a feature like this. Maybe you really like to see your data broken this way. But if you don’t, you always can turn it off.