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Goodbye to Google Maps Movements accessible via the Web

Goodbye to Google Maps Movements accessible via the Web

One of the historical features of Google Maps and the timeline of the travel, accessible both from the app and via the web. It is a tool, also known as position history, which shows on the globe map all the movements made to move from a starting point to the destination. The user can thus retrieve the list of places he has visited and obtain detailed information on the roads he has traveled and the public transport used. In another article we said that Google Maps Movements can sometimes turn into a tool bordering on espionage.

For example, if other subjects had access to a PC desktop on which your account was configured, they could follow the user’s movements almost in real time. Especially if the computer in question was configured, at Google account level, as trusted device.

The web version of Google Maps Journeys will no longer exist: here’s why

The function that tracks movements can be accessed by opening the Google Maps app on the mobile terminal, touching the small circle at the top right and then choosing the item Movements from the menu. Here, by default, Maps shows any movements of the day. Touching Todayyou can “go back in time” and specify earlier dates.

The area shown at the bottom of the window also indicates the kilometers travelled by car, on foot and by other means; provides a summary of the places and businesses visited; shows all possible photos taken along the way.

Through the Google Timeline site, users can now access the details of their movements also from browser Webusing a desktop system or notebook.

Here, this last service will gradually be retired: at the moment, it seems that the “deadline date” set by Google is December 1, 2024.

The idea of ​​the Mountain View company is to make the use of the mobile device increasingly central. Accessing the list of movements from a web browser could in fact, in some specific situations (as we mentioned previously), represent a threat for the privacy of people. And this is the justification that Google brings to the attention of users to announce the abandonment of the Web version of Maps Navigation.

Backup your location history

Users gradually affected by the “retirement” of the timeline, they will be informed via email. A crucial aspect has to do with the backup of the data relating to location history.

Google Maps has introduced a new backup feature that allows users to save server-side encrypted copies of their location history. This way, users can easily restore their data when they switch to a new smartphone, without losing their movement history.

The opening image is from Google.

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