How to View Your Google Maps Search History
It’s hard to imagine a time before we used Google Maps to get around on foot or while driving. Searching for a location in Maps is simple and straightforward.
And provided you have Google web activity tracking on your phone or laptop, all your previously searched locations will be in one convenient place. In fact, Google Maps does a great job of remembering all the places you’ve actually been and those you’ve just searched.
In this article, we’ll show you how to view your Google Maps search history, review it, and even delete specific searches if you want.
How to View Google Maps Search History?
If you use Google Maps to get around often, then you probably have a long list of searches in your Maps activity. When you click on the Google Maps search box, it will automatically show a list of your recent searches.
But if you need to view older items in your search history, you need to go to the Maps Activity page. First, let’s go over the steps required to view Google Maps search history if you’re using a PC. Regardless of whether you’re a Windows or Mac user, this process will be exactly the same.
Also, keep in mind that you must be signed in to your Google account to be able to see your search history. Here’s how to find and view your Google Maps search history:
- Open Google Maps in your desktop browser. You can use any browser, but Google recommends Chrome for optimal compatibility.
- In the top left corner, click on the three horizontal lines.
- Scroll to the bottom and select “Maps Activity.”
Your “Saving activity” option should be turned on. And your “Auto-delete” should be off. Just under those two options, you’ll see a search bar that says, “Search your activity.”
Here you can enter a specific location you’ve searched in the past. If you’re not sure what you’re looking for, you can browse the search history.
The search filter gives you the option to view search history on the last day, week, or month, or do a custom search. You can also alternate between the “Bundle View” and “Item View” options to see the search history. Bundle View groups the search entries by date, and Item View lists them all in one row.
How to View Google Maps Search History on Android?
Undoubtedly, one of the best things about Google Maps is that you can take it with you wherever you go with your mobile device. With your Google Maps app, the chances of getting lost in a new city are minimal.
If you’re an Android user, you can view your Google Maps search history at any time. The Android mobile app will show several recent searches from the main search bar, the same as the web version does. But to be able to view the entire search history, this is what you should do:
- Launch the Google Maps app on your Android device.
- Tap on your profile picture in the top right corner of the screen.
- From the pop-up window, select “Settings.”
- Then scroll down and tap on “Maps history.”
You’ll see “Maps Activity” at the top of the screen. Below, you’ll notice the “Search your activity” bar where you can enter the search item from the Maps history.
The search history in the Maps app will appear in Bundle View automatically. You’ll also have the option to filter the search history by date.
There will also be the option to “Delete” items in your search history. If you tap on this option, Google Maps will allow you to delete searches from the past hour, past day, all time, or let you create a custom range.
How to View Google Maps Search History on iPhone?
Google Maps mobile app works efficiently whether you’re using an Android smartphone or iPhone. The app works identically on both operating systems. So, if you’re an iPhone user, here’s how you can view your Google Maps search history:
- Launch Google Maps on your iPhone and tap on your profile picture.
- Select “Settings” and then “Maps history.”
- Tap on “Search your activity bar” to view items in your Maps history.
Remember, you can filter by date and delete search entries in specific time ranges.
How to Change the Places You Visited and Activities You Have Done on Maps?
Google Maps keeps a log of all the places you’ve visited, but only if you allow this feature to be on. It will create a list of visited and most visited places, as well as unconfirmed locations that it’s not sure you’ve visited or not.
You can access these places and activities by accessing the Google Maps timeline. This is something you can do in both web browsers and the Google Maps app on your mobile device. Here’s how it works:
- Go to Google Maps main menu (three horizontal lines in the top left corner in the browser and your profile picture in the mobile app).
- Select “Your Timeline” from the list.
If you’re using Google Maps in your web browser, you’ll spot a red rectangle in the bottom left corner. It will list the number of places you’ve visited.
When you click on it, you’ll see an enumerated list of places next to each three dots. If you click on the dots, you’ll see the “Last visit in your timeline” option.
When you click on this option, you’ll be able to see and change specific steps in this activity. You’ll also have the option to confirm if this was indeed a route you’ve taken before.
In your Google Maps mobile app, tapping on “Your Timeline” redirects you to another window where you can switch between tabs labeled “Day,” “Places,” “Cities,” and “World.”
If you select “Places,” for example, you’ll see that they are organized by type of activity, such as “Shopping” and “Food and Drink.” By tapping on each category, you can change or remove items from the list of places.
1. How Do I Retrieve Deleted Google Search History?
If you’ve accidentally deleted your browsing history, you can still retrieve it by accessing the “My Activity” option in Google. Here’s where to find it:
1. Tap on this link that will guide you to “My Activity” for your Google account. Make sure to sign in.
2. Scroll down and browse your Google activity. It will have a list of all your searches in Bundle View or Item View.
Keep in mind that this will only show you searches you’ve had in Google, not those done in any other search engine.
2. How to See and Delete Your Google Search History?
You can find all your Google Search history by accessing the “My Activity” page for your Google account. You’ll find all the Google search items, which you can browse by date or by entering a specific term in the search bar.
There will also be a “Delete” button next to the search bar. You can delete only recent searches, previous day searches, all time, or create a custom range.
3. How Do I Look at My History on Google Earth?
Google Earth is a great way to explore our planet and see it from a different perspective. You can enter any location in the search bar, and Google Earth will show it to you immediately.
If you want to revisit the place you’ve searched for before, simply click anywhere in the search bar, and the list of previous searches will dropdown. Just tap on the location you’re looking for, and it will take you there back again. Make sure to sign in to your Google account first.
4. How Do I Find My Recent Google Searches?
If you’re using Google as your primary search engine, it will automatically give you suggestions in the drop-down menu when you click on the search bar.
These suggestions are usually related to your recent and most frequent searches. But if you want to see the most recent searches and in their chronological order, then you must visit the “My Activity” page of your Google account.
5. Can I See My Google Maps Search History?
Yes, you can absolutely see your Google Maps search history unless someone has deleted it already. You can access it via web browser and mobile app, change it, and delete it if you want. The Google Maps search history is located in the “Maps Activity” section in the Google Maps settings.
Managing Your Google Maps Search History
If you’ve had one Google account for a long time and you’ve had Google Maps tracking on the entire time, you’ll be able to see an entire story about the places you’ve visited and journeys you’ve made.
But search history is more than just location history. It tells you about the places you’ve only looked up but haven’t visited yet. Either way, it provides valuable data, and now you know how to access it when necessary.
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