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How to see Apple Maps Timeline and Location history

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Unlike Google Maps which goes into detail on location history, Apple Maps offers less information on previously visited places. In comparison, Google Maps go deep into detail with Timeline covering years of travels, photos taken on locations, and much more. Apple Maps Timeline shows a few recent locations with an approximate position along with a date. Today, we took a short route to show you how to check Apple Maps Location History or the closest thing to Google Maps Timeline.

Does Apple Maps have a timeline?

Now, the difference between the two can be positive or negative, depending on your preferences. If you prefer privacy over an abundance of details about your past travels and local places you’ve visited, Apple Maps are taking a more strict approach.

You can, of course, install Google Maps on your iPhone and iPad, if you prefer Google’s Location History, but Apple Maps can be enough for most people.

Now, the question is how to check the location history on Apple Maps. Strangely, it’s not all that simple as the option is hidden deep in Privacy settings.

Here’s what you need to do to check your Location History on Apple Maps:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap Privacy & Security.
  3. Select Location Services.
  4. Tap System Services.
  5. Open Significant maps history
  6. All notable locations will be at the bottom. You can disable Significant Locations or clear location history here.

These locations come from all devices using the same Apple Account. So, if you are using multiple devices, the list will contain all Significant Locations. And this is also quite informative regarding what Apple knows about you. Which isn’t a lot in comparison to Google’s approach with Google Maps.

Thank you for reading and don’t forget to post your questions, thoughts, or suggestions in the comments section below. We look forward to hearing from you and every feedback is more than welcome.

Editor’s note: This article was initially published in March 2021. We made sure to revamp it for freshness and accuracy.

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Aleksandar Ognjanovic

Managing editor at Mobile Internist. @lemmingspain My fascination with mobile technology, particularly Android and iOS, began years ago and continues today. I'm captivated by the constant evolution in the smartphone industry and its impact on our daily lives, always anticipating the next big innovation. That’s the main reason why I found myself writing instructive content on the subject for users who are not as familiar with all the bells and whistles.
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