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How to clear Google Maps recent searches from search history

Author: Vladimir Brown

Description: How to remove an item from your Google Maps history on Android and iOS. How to pause the recording of your location history. How to clear Google Maps search history on a PC. Erasing cache via CCleaner.

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Quite often Google Maps are used to check places or addresses which are likely to become a once in a lifetime destination so there is no point to save them in the app search history. Such kind of data overloads cache which together with cookies can cause a drop of your device operating speed.

Luckily enough, Google Maps provides the possibility to clear your search queries and specified locations history. Actually you can disable the history feature in case you don't need it at all. In this review, we're going to share with you how to erase your search history in Google Maps.

How to remove an item from Google Maps history on Android

You can select the items you want to get rid of by viewing your search history. In order to access the history on an Android device you have to:

1. Launch Google Maps app and log in to your account.

2. Tap Menu, select Settings and Map History.

You can go through the whole list of your search queries there. In order to read detailed information on a completed action open Details.

3. If you want to delete an item, select it, open the drop-down menu and tap Delete. In the opened window confirm your action.

4. You can clear the search history within a specific date range. In order to do this, tap Menu at the top of the screen and select Delete action.

The deleted search object or specific action will no longer be displayed when you enter a new query in Google Maps. If you delete a route or navigation item, the app will stop offering it as a location hint. The rest of the search elements, including identical ones, will remain unchanged.

How to clear your Google Maps search history automatically

You can enable automatic deletion of your history via the app settings. In order to do this you have to:

1. Launch Google Maps, open Menu and select Settings.

2. Go to Map History, tap Menu in the upper right corner of the screen and select Choose to delete automatically.

3. Here you can set the time interval for saving the search history - within 3 to 18 months. In order to confirm the change of the settings tap Next.

4. History items that aren't made during the specified period will be deleted automatically on a daily basis.

How to clear your Google Maps search history on iOS

The algorithm is quite similar to the one used for Android OS:

  1. Launch Google Maps on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Open Menu by tapping the symbol looking like 3 folded lines.
  3. Select Settings and Map History.
  4. You can see X next to each search item. By tapping it, you can delete this object.
  5. In order to confirm your action tap Delete in the opened window.

How to clear the whole history of Google Maps app

Those who need to clear their downloaded maps and cache data, as well as the reset of cookies will find this feature incredibly useful. Moreover, you can save your search history and set destinations. You can do this as follows:

  1. Log in to Google Maps and open Menu.
  2. Open Settings and then Conditions and Privacy.
  3. Choose Clear the app data.
  4. Confirm your action by tapping OK.

Pausing the recording of Google Maps location history

An alternative choice to automatic deletion of the objects from your history after a specified period of time is to pause their recording. In order to enable this feature you have to:

1. Launch Google Maps and open the timeline by swiping your finger from the left edge.

2. Enter Menu and select About, terms & privacy.

3. After scrolling down find Location History.

4. Disable history recording by moving the slider to the corresponding position.

This action won't affect the operation of the location service. Every time the app requests access to your location data is transmitted regardless whether the settings of history recording are enabled.

How to delete places from your PC search history

The feature Google Maps history deletion is also available on desktops. In order to delete search items you have to:

  1. Open Google Maps on your PC and log in to your account.
  2. Enter Menu and open Queries in Google Maps.
  3. Click More on the right and select Delete actions within a certain period.
  4. There you can delete the history within a specific time period by specifying its range in Delete by date. In order to erase the history completely enable All-time range in Delete by date.
  5. Confirm your action by tapping OK.

Deleting Google Maps search history via CCleaner

Many Windows users are familiar with CCleaner which is designed for clearing computers memory from various kinds of unnecessary data: cookies, app cache, temporary files and so on.

There is a version of CCleaner for Android as well. This software doesn't take up a lot of space, it works efficiently and quickly can also be downloaded for free.

CCleaner app can be used for deletion Google Maps history and apps cache too. Via the Analyze and Clear feature you can select the items you want to scan and clean. In order to add an item to the list for scanning just tap on the item. Apps cache is scanned and erased in a mandatory manner.


How to completely clear all history in Google Maps on your phone (iOS or Android)

  1. Open the Google Maps app on your phone
  2. Sign in to your Google account by tapping the avatar icon at the top
  3. Go to Settings > Maps history
  4. Use the More > Delete activity by option.
  5. To delete data for a specific time range, select the desired start and end dates.
  6. Press Delete to completely delete the Google Maps history.
  7. Restart the app and make sure that the history is deleted.

How do I delete maps history on my Android tablet or iPad?

This is easily done in the same way as on your phone. In order to delete Google Maps history:

  1. Launch the Google Maps mobile app.
  2. Go to your Google user profile by clicking on the round avatar icon.
  3. From Settings, use Maps history to visit history section.
  4. Perform the Remove and then Delete command sequence
  5. Restart the app on the tablet and use the search to make sure the history is deleted.

Why is the history in Google Maps not deleted (following the instructions)

You may have enabled the auto-delete history option. You can change your settings and choose to manually delete history. How to do this:

  1. Open Google Maps
  2. Go to the Google Maps app Settings.
  3. Go to the Maps history section and select Keep activity for.
  4. Make sure that the option to automatically delete history is disabled.
  5. Otherwise, you don't need to delete the history manually, it will be deleted daily when the set limit expires. Just leave the option as it is.

How do I delete unnecessary addresses on the map in the Google Maps app?

The easiest way to do this is in the desktop version of Google Maps. To do it:

  1. Go through your browser to the Google Maps service page.
  2. Using the menu with horizontal lines, select Your Places.
  3. Find the vertical dotted line and use the Edit list item in the list that appears.
  4. Select the address to delete
  5. Click on the cross to erase the address on the map.
  6. Delete other addresses in the same way.
  7. Refresh the page in your browser or restart the Google Maps mobile app.

How to Delete only some places from your history on map

If you don't want to delete all the queries from your Google Maps search, limit yourself to a certain range of dates. In general, the deletion process looks the same as in the instructions.

  1. Open the Maps mobile app on your phone.
  2. Go to the main settings by tapping on your avatar.
  3. Open the More menu, go to the Delete activity via menu item.
  4. Select the time range: for which period you want to delete the requests.
  5. Press Delete to clear Google Maps unnecessary requests.
  6. Enter the query in the Google Maps search without pressing Enter.
  7. If no option appears in the search bar, everything is done correctly.

I'm Vladimir, your guide in the expansive world of technology journalism, with a special focus on GPS technologies and mapping. My journey in this field extends over twenty fruitful years, fueled by a profound passion for technology and an insatiable curiosity to explore its frontiers.