How to View Your Past Search History in Google Maps

Key takeaways:

  • Google Maps keeps a record of your search history, which can be useful for quickly accessing previously searched locations
  • You can view your Google Maps search history on both desktop and mobile devices
  • It’s possible to delete individual searches or your entire search history for privacy reasons
  • Google offers options to automatically delete your Location History after a set period of time

Google Maps has become an indispensable tool for navigating our world, whether you’re looking for directions to a new restaurant or planning a cross-country road trip. One of the most useful features of Google Maps is its ability to save your search history, allowing you to quickly access previously searched locations without having to type them in again.

However, many users may not be aware of how to access their Google Maps search history or even that it exists at all. In this article, we’ll walk you through the steps to view your past searches on both desktop and mobile devices, as well as how to manage your search history for privacy purposes.

Viewing Your Google Maps Search History on Desktop

To access your Google Maps search history on a desktop computer, follow these simple steps:

  1. Open Google Maps in your web browser and ensure you’re signed in to your Google account.
  2. Click on the menu icon (three horizontal lines) in the top left corner of the screen.
  3. Scroll down and click on “Your data in Maps.”
  4. In the “Location History” section, click on “See and delete activity.”
  5. Here, you’ll see a list of your past searches and visited places organized by date.

You can click on any entry to view more details about that search, including the exact location and any related queries you may have made.

Accessing Search History on Mobile Devices

Viewing your Google Maps search history on a mobile device is just as easy:

  1. Open the Google Maps app on your smartphone or tablet.
  2. Tap on your profile picture or initial in the top right corner.
  3. Select “Settings” from the menu.
  4. Tap on “Maps history.”
  5. You’ll now see a list of your recent searches and visited places.

Just like on desktop, you can tap on any entry to view more details or access additional options, such as deleting that specific search from your history.

Managing Your Search History for Privacy

While having access to your Google Maps search history can be convenient, some users may prefer to keep their searches private. Fortunately, Google offers several options for managing your search history:

  • Deleting individual searches: To remove a specific search from your history, simply click on the three-dot menu icon next to the entry and select “Remove.”
  • Deleting your entire search history: If you want to clear your entire Google Maps search history, click on the three-dot menu icon in the top right corner of the “Maps Activity” page and select “Delete activity by.” From here, you can choose to delete your history for a specific date range or all time.
  • Automatically deleting your history: Google also allows you to set up automatic deletion of your Location History after a certain period of time. To enable this feature, go to your Google Account’s “Activity controls” page and select “Auto-delete” under the “Location History” section. You can choose to automatically delete your data every 3 months, 18 months, or 36 months.

By taking control of your Google Maps search history, you can enjoy the convenience of easily accessing past searches while still maintaining your privacy.


How far back does my Google Maps search history go?

Your Google Maps search history includes all searches you’ve made while signed in to your Google account, dating back to when you first started using the service. However, if you’ve previously deleted your history or enabled auto-deletion, older searches may no longer be available.

Can someone else see my Google Maps search history?

Your Google Maps search history is tied to your personal Google account and is not publicly accessible. However, if someone gains access to your account or if you’re using a shared device, they may be able to view your search history. To prevent this, always sign out of your account on shared devices and use strong, unique passwords for your Google account.

Will deleting my Google Maps search history also delete my saved places?

No, deleting your search history will not remove any places you’ve saved in Google Maps, such as your home or work addresses. These saved places are managed separately from your search history and will remain intact even if you clear your history.

Can I recover deleted searches from my Google Maps history?

Once you delete a search or your entire search history from Google Maps, it cannot be recovered. Be sure to review your history carefully before deleting anything, as this action is permanent.

Does Google use my search history for advertising purposes?

Yes, Google may use your search history, along with other information associated with your Google account, to show you personalized ads across its various services. If you prefer not to see targeted ads, you can opt out of ad personalization in your Google Account settings.