This creepy map shows everywhere you’ve been (for years) down

If you can’t remember everywhere you’ve been over the years, don’t worry—Google Maps has you covered. It tracks your every move as you go from home to work…and, yes, it even knows every pothole you make along the way. If you haven’t updated your location settings, at least, it keeps all this information.

As scary as it sounds, it makes sense: Navigation apps need to know your location to help you find your way. But you will be shocked to know how much information they hold on you. And make no mistake: Google Maps keeps this data for a long time.

Luckily, there is a way you can take back some of your privacy. Tap or click here to adjust an important Google Maps setting. Read on to see how Google Maps may collect this data and take back your privacy.

Next, you’ll see a detailed map filled with personal information, including your saved home and work locations. However, that’s not all: You’ll also find many recorded trips you’ve taken over the years.

Want to go back a few years? If you recorded those visits, you can select a blue bar to get highlights. This means that Google keeps track of the places you have traveled as well as the exact route you have taken. You’ll even know how long it took you to get there!

Scroll down to the top left corner to find the Timeline box, which lets you search by year or even by a specific day.

You’ll see a map that includes details like your saved home and work locations and all the recorded trips you’ve made over the years. Rediscover the places you’ve been over the years… including all the routes you took to get there. Only you can see your timeline, Google promises.

Location history is very convenient: By creating a personal map of where your logged-in devices travel, Google generates better search results as well as automated traffic forecasts. As Google says, you’re in control: You can change your location settings whenever you want.

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You may have to crawl to find that there is a map that shows your location, down the street and time, years ago.

Although switching causes Google to stop tracking you in the future, the company will keep a copy of your history. Plus, once you switch the toggle on, you’ll get a pop-up confirming that you want to pause your location history.

Press Pause to confirm. This triggers a new popup; Just hit got it and you are ready to go.

If you want to completely delete your Location History data, you can select the Auto-delete option. This handy tool lets you auto-delete data older than three months, 18 months or 36 months. Of course, you can also manually delete anything before that.

Just be aware that you might not see recommendations based on your history once you turn this setting off. You may also miss out on tips that can make your commute easier. Plus, your location data may still be saved when using other Google services, such as Google Photos.

What if you want to stop those other apps from collecting your location data? It’s not as simple as a simple click of a button. You have to open the app and manually turn off the location sharing options.

You might be surprised when you look at the incredible data Google Photos collects on you. It’s all compiled into one disturbing map. Tap or click to see the hidden map you want to see.

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