In one of our previous posts, we shared how to stop Google’s location tracking services on Android devices. As we noted then, after turning off the location tracking from your device’s settings, it is best to also delete the location history collected by these services.
Delete Your Google Location History on Android
While you can delete the location history collected by Google from your timeline in the ‘My Activity’ section, you can also remove it from Google Maps.
- Head to the Google Maps app and tap on your profile icon
- Select the ‘Your Timeline’ option and then the three dots in the upper right corner
- Tap on ‘Settings and Privacy’ and scroll down to ‘Delete all Location History’
- A pop-up window that asks you to check a box saying that you understand that some of your apps may not work properly will appear. Check the box and select ‘Delete’
Delete Your Google Location History on a Browser
- Go to https://www.google.com/maps
- Select the three lines in the upper left corner and then ‘Your Timeline’
- Look for the gear icon on the lower right side of the display, click on it and then on ‘Delete all Location History’
- Similar to the mobile app, you’ll get a window that asks you to check a box saying that you understand some of the apps may not work properly – check the box and tap on the ‘Delete Location History’ button
Delete Your Location History on Facebook
Facebook keeps another separate history information of your activities, and if you want to delete that history, you can do so via both the mobile app and the browser.
Using the Android App
- In the Facebook app, select the hamburger menu (the three parallel lines in the top corner)
- Scroll down to ‘Settings & Privacy’ and tap on ‘Settings’
- Find the ‘Location’ option, which will take you to the ‘Location Settings’ page
- Tap on ‘Location History’ and refuse Facebook permission to save your location history in the next page
- To delete your existing location history, select the ‘View your Location History’ section, and enter your password if asked. Tap on the menu in the top right corner, on ‘Delete all location history’ option, and then on ‘OK’
- On the ‘Location Settings’ page, you can select the ‘Location Access’ option to disable Facebook access to your location while you use the app
Using a Browser
- In Facebook, tap on the small arrow to the ‘Notifications’ icon in the top right corner
- Head to ‘Settings & Privacy’ and then on ‘Privacy Shortcuts’
- Click on ‘Manage your location settings’ and on the ‘Location settings’ page, tap the ‘View your Location History’ option
- Select the three dots in the upper right corner and click on the ‘Delete all Location History’
- Then, on the ‘Location Settings’ page, turn off the location history option for mobile devices
Delete Your Location History on Twitter
Twitter makes it a bit simpler to disable its location tracking in the Android app.
- Tap on the icon located in the upper left of the Home screen
- Select the ‘Settings and privacy’ option and then ‘Privacy and safety’
- Find ‘Precise location’ and tap on it. Uncheck the box that gives the app permission to gather your activities
You can also delete your Twitter location history, but only from your browser.
- On your Twitter account, click on the three dots in the left part of the screen and select the ‘Settings and privacy’ option
- On the left-hand menu, tap on ‘Privacy and safety’ and then on ‘Location information’
- If you’ve got the ‘Add location information to my Tweets’ box checked, uncheck it and click on the ‘Delete all location information’ option, then on ‘Yes’
Location services can indeed be necessary, such as when you look for a place nearby. However, without people knowing, they collect private data about its users, which is a rather serious privacy issue.
These instructions help you delete your location history on Android, Facebook, and Twitter, and are simple enough to be carried out with no problem.