Google now allows users to auto-delete location history and activity data

Google now allows users to auto-delete location history and activity data
Google is making it possible for Android and iOS users to auto-delete location history and activity data starting today. Although the search giant already provided the ability to turn on or off the Location History and Web & App Activity directly from the Google Account, including the option to manually delete the data recorded, there was one feature that makes it so much easier to get rid of this data.

Starting today, a new set of auto-delete controls are available in the Google app, which will allow users to manage their data easier than before. Simply choose a time limit for how long you want your activity data to be saved, and any data that's older than that will be automatically deleted from your account.
Google mentions that you'll be able to set a time limit for how long your activity data to be saved from anywhere between 3 and 18 months, so there's that.

According to Google, users should start seeing the new auto-delete controls soon, and that they will come first to Location History and Web & App Activity. A broader rollout should happen in the coming weeks, so if you don't see the new feature right away, you'll have to wait.

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6 Comments

1. vgking9699

Posts: 194; Member since: Mar 01, 2019

Even though you could already turn it off, it always still done it away, without your permission or knowledge

2. AbhiD

Posts: 813; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

If you turn off location history from Google's app, it no longer saves any kind of location. But only turning off location from phone's settings doesn't suffice as Google still keeps using network etc to get approx location

3. cmdacos

Posts: 4220; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Why would I want to do this...

4. lyndon420

Posts: 6793; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Because sometimes it's good to do a little house cleaning...

5. KevinFanch

Posts: 9; Member since: Jan 11, 2019

Deleting your history after Google collected it is like putting on a condom after sex. Once your data is collected by Google, it is too late. For mobile phones the best option is to switch to something like /e/ from e Foundation. It is an ungoogled Android which you can install on your phone instead of Google spying stock Android you get with the phone. It still runs android apps but Google cannot spy on you.

6. srgonu

Posts: 554; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

Not sure if google still retains the data after user configures it to be deleted after 3 months. But I do like your analogy :)

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