If you are interested in going through your location history or recent places you have been to, you can view it on myactivity.google.com. However, there is another way that significantly cuts down the hassle. You can extract your Google Maps data and download it on your computer.
You can check out a step-by-step approach for downloading your data in this blog. It is not as convenient as dialing the Spectrum 1800 number for complete internet and cable support. Still, it is quite easy and doable.
Here’s an easy guide to downloading your Google Maps data:
The first thing you need to download your location data is to visit Google maps on your computer. Search for Google maps in your browser. Click on the first search result and it will take you to the desktop version of Google maps.
Once you are on the main screen of Google Maps, take the following steps:
- Click the icon with three parallel lines on the top left corner to view options.
- Select the “your data in Maps” option.
- Scroll down on the redirect page to find the “download your Maps data option” and click on it.
Choose Data to Download
Instead of downloading all the data or choosing from a single time, you have the option to select what you want to download. The “download your Maps data option” will redirect you to the new page where you can check the boxes of your choice.
On this page Google Takeout page, you will see options of location history, Maps, Maps (your places), and My Maps. In front of every option, there is a box checked by default. You can choose if you want to leave out any boxes or select all of them. Besides the boxes, you can view the formats of your downloadable data as well. You may explore the options if you want to or you can proceed to the next pages. Click on the next step option on the bottom right.
File Type, Destination, and Destination Selection
The first thing you have to choose from the options is the destination. It is the destination you select for the download of the data. The “transfer to” tab shows via email by default but you can change it to “Add to Drive”, “Add to Dropbox”, “Add to OneDrive”, and “Add to Box”. Transferring via email can be the easiest option to select. But if you want to access your data on multiple devices, the Drive option may be better. Google gives 15 Gigs of space on the company’s cloud.
Secondly, you can select the frequency for downloading data. If you want to download the data only once, go for the export only once. Or you can set the frequency to every 2 months. This option gets you 6 downloads a year.
Lastly, you have to choose the file type and size. By default, the setting is one .zip. You can change it to .tgz as well. Zip files are easier to open on computers. So, it is better to go with the default option. The file size option is set to 2GB by default. You can change it to 1GB, 4GB, 10GB, and 50GB as per your expected data load. If your file size is bigger, you will get multiple files to manage your data. Once you are done, click on the create download option.
Downloading Your Data
Once your data is ready to download, you will receive an email with a download button. A similar download option will appear on the Google Takeout page with the mentioned export sizes. Once you click on the option, Google asks you for your login credentials. It is important too because you wouldn’t want your location history to fall into malicious hands. Enter your email address and login password in the required fields. The next page will appear with the same download your data option and a zip file may automatically start downloading on your computer.
For some reason, if the download doesn’t start on its own, click on the download option again. It will initiate your download. Bigger location history files may take a few seconds to get ready for download so don’t worry if you have to wait. Extract the file with WinRAR and you can easily view your Google Maps data. The whole process is super easy to do and won’t take more than a few minutes.
How to Stop Google From Recording Location Data
Many people are not comfortable with the idea of their data being recorded. Google says it does that to offer you a more personalized experience and understand your preferences. But you can disable the option of recording location data. Just visit myactivity.google.com and disable the history recording option from there. It will take only a couple of minutes to complete the process of disabling location history. So, you have both options of either downloading your stored data or disabling history data recording.