Live from London? - and using Google Maps Timeline and the Past
Published: Sun, 10/22/23
Live from London?
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Have you ever taken a look at Google Maps Timeline? If you have opted in to Google's Location history, your timeline
shows everywhere you've been. For example, yesterday we took a train to somewhere south of London to meet up with friends. I'm not really sure where it was, so I love being able to go to Google Maps, tap my little face in the upper right and choose "Your Timeline." That will show me where I've been today, but all I need to do is tap the dropdown arrow next to Today and then tap the day on the calendar for yesterday. I will see this:
If you want to know more about what you can do with Google Maps Timeline, see Episode 221 of our Button show. But, there's one thing I didn't know back then and I learned this week at my Google event: You don't have to pick a date to see everywhere you've been in an area. If you click the 2-level square icon and set it to Show past visits - you will now see a little dot at every place that has been recorded
by Google Maps.
So, for example, we were in London many years ago and we visited a pub with friends. I don't remember what pub that was, but, thanks to this past visits feature, I can find a little dot, right in the heart of London and see that we visited the Red Lion. Yes! That was it. And, once I tap on it, I can confirm it was the place because it shows the photos I took there that day. It also shows everywhere else we went that day. What a
great thing for fading memories!