Google Maps and Android: you can track your own location, view history minute-by-minute
Android device owners that use location-related services and apps a lot, and would like to track and access their own location for a change, can do so on Google Maps by going to location history.
One reddit thread discusses how Android device users can view their location history â€œminute-by-minuteâ€ by going to this Google Maps URL: maps.google.com/locationhistory. There, you can browse location history by day, which should show up on a map, assuming that you have location services enabled on your device.
Because Google does the actual tracking of your location, youâ€™d have to agree to Google monitoring that data for you in order for the service to work. Otherwise, youâ€™ll get a blank map, as shown below:
In case you have no problem having your location tracked â€“ well, someone, somewhere will track you no matter what â€“ you may as well enjoy it, especially if youâ€™re particularly interested about past trips or location you may have visited at a certain time since you purchased that shiny, GPS-enabled Android device.
You may want to record your long trips using this Google Maps feature, and even though they won’t be as cool as reddit user yadsendew‘s videoÂ above Â (a 7-minute timelapse video out of almost 7250 miles of driving in the U.S.) they may still be useful for future reference. Such recorded data may get you out of a tricky situation like user glycationendproduct did with the police, when he was able to show to an officer his exact location on a given day:
tl;dr – Cops came to seize my car for a hit and run that ‘only I could have committed’. I handed the cop a laptop with the location history open and showed him that, at the very least, my phone was nowhere near the crime. A corroborating phone call confirmed my story. They let me go.
Naturally, at the end of the day itâ€™s up to you to decide whether you want to have apps and services track your location or not. But if youâ€™re heavily into Google products, including Google Now, this feature may certainly come in handy.