How to Auto-Delete your Google Location History and Activity Data

by: - Last updated on: May 2nd, 2019

In order to provide its users with more control over their location history and activity data, Google has announced a new privacy-focused option, called auto-delete. The auto-delete option would essentially allow users to automatically delete their location history along with the web & app activity after a specified period of time.

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As we all know, Google has been constantly feeding on user data (location history and web & app activity), and a lot of its products have been utilizing this data to provide recommendations to users in some way or the other. Although this is helpful at times, but for the most part, a lot of people are paranoid by the fact that their personal data is always constantly being looked upon.

Until now, the only option that the user had when it came to preventing Google from accessing their data has been to simply turn off the access to location history and web & app activity in Google account. And to get rid of the stored history, they could go ahead and delete the data manually.

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How to Auto-Delete your Google Location History and Activity Data

Now, with the introduction of the new auto-delete controls, you can easily manage your data related to location history and web & app activity.

For this, visit the Google activity controls page. And then choose a time limit for how long you want Google to save your activity data (3 or 18 months). After which, any data older than that period of time will be automatically deleted from your account.

To access the auto-delete controls on Google account, you need to first sign-in to your account and then tap on ‘Data & personalization’. From there, you need to scroll down to the ‘Activity controls’ section, select ‘Choose to delete automatically’, and follow the on-screen instructions to set the time limit.

Google is introducing these controls to location history and web & app activity first, which will roll out in the coming weeks.

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