Tip 9/21: Google Location History - Where You've Been & When.
Ever asked yourself where you've been last Tuesday but simply couldn't remember? Chances are that if you ask Google, you'll get the answer (and more).

Remember how we've talked about Google knowing everything you've ever search for and when (bitly.com/GoogleTip1)? Well, that's not all. Google also knows almost everywhere you've been and when!

And if you think that a lot of data, wait till you see tomorrow's tip.

How does it work?

You know how you carry around your phone in your pocket all day? Or check your email at work? Or even just use your tablet to read the news on the train?

As long as you have an internet connection and are logged into your #Google account (using either Google Search, Google+ or Google Maps), you’re letting Google know where you are. And as long as Google knows where you are, they will store your location data for all kinds of things (considering you haven't disable the feature).

Why do they do it?

Apart from showing you where you've been and when (explained below), Google uses your location data for many other things:

Better search results based on your location.

Google Now:
» Traffic alerts ("25 minutes to home").
» Location based suggestions ("top attractions nearby").
» Weather reporting.
» Traveling (time, currency conversion, words you should know).

Better map suggestions:
If you search for a street name on Google maps it will suggest the closest option to your location.

And of course - Google Adsense:
If you're at home and search for Pizza - don't be surprised to see ads for Pizza places nearby ;)

Your History location Dashboard

The history location dashboard is where you'll find all the places you've been (considering you had location reporting enabled at the time). In the dashboard you can view:

► Location history for a specific date .
► Your last 30 days locations.
► The distances you've traveled.
► Playback animation of your traveled locations.
► Delete history from specific dates.
► Delete history from all time.

Your location dashboard: maps.google.com/locationhistory

Worried about privacy? You can I opt out.

Note that if you opt out of location history some of Google’s most handy features (such as the examples above) will be disabled.

Google location history is set per device (Android or iOS), meaning you need to turn it on or off for each device and each Google app that reports location. You can also opt out via the settings gear in the dashboard (click on the gear icon and then "Pause"). I've added links to various Google support pages on the blog post.

Gmail uses location history for a different reason.

If you scroll down to the bottom of the page in Gmail, you'll notice a small link (in the right corner) saying: "Last account activity: 6 minutes ago." If you click on "Details" a pop up window will appear with recent account activity based on IP address (location).

Google uses this data to spot unusual activity on your account and determine whether or not your account has been compromised. If Google spots suspicious activity they will prompt you with an email alert to take action.

Please let me know if I missed anything important!

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