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Waze Location History: How to use (FAQ)


Users of Waze app ask if it is possible to access location and travel history.

Why this is needed:

  • To calculate the speed of a car at a certain location
  • Find out the time of being in a particular location
  • To remember a forgotten route and compare it to other options

Can you access the location history in Waze? It is difficult to answer this question unambiguously. On the one hand, the information is really stored in the account. On the other hand, access to information about locations is limited.

In this article we will try to answer all your questions about location history in Waze.

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How to access Waze history through settings

All travel history is saved through the Waze app and can be accessed online. History can be accessed through your mobile device via Waze Editor.

Instructions for Android:

  1. Open Waze app
  1. Go to My Waze > Settings (gear icon)
  1. Navigate to the Privacy tab
  1. Go to Activity > Drive history
  1. Go to Recent locations to get detailed information about your travels.

For iOS, iPad, and iPhone, the steps to view your location history are similar.

What information is stored in the history

It depends on your device type and user account settings. All location data is available as GPS coordinates, IP address and time.

As time passes, all personal data is deleted and becomes inaccessible.

What information can be collected and stored by the Waze app:

  • Time spent at a specific location
  • Location information
  • Parking spot
  • Detailed information about places (homes, businesses)

This information can also be used by Waze to display personalized ads.

How to View Your History on Waze

To view your history, use a Waze account connected to your mobile app on one or more devices. This will give you all your location and route history.

How to view location history on the website:

  1. Go to Waze's website.
  2. Go to "Edit the Map" - "Drives".
  3. If necessary, you can make changes to existing trip and location data.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I know the speed of a particular road section?

No, this information is not available in Waze Editor. The average speed is not recorded by the navigator while driving. You can calculate only the average speed.

What should I do if Waze location history is not available?

Solutions to resolve this problem:

  1. Restart the app on your phone. See How to close Waze
  1. Sign in to your account via Google or another way
  1. Location History may have been disabled due to security policy conditions

  2. If that didn't work, see Settings >Report an issue

How long is the location history stored in Waze on mobile?

The cache data according to Waze security policy is only stored for 14 days. So if you have cleared the cache manually or it has been 2 weeks, you will lose access to the history.

Can Waze's location and travel history be retrieved?

No, it is not possible to do this via the Waze mobile app or via a user account on the site. All data deleted cannot be recovered. The developers strictly adhere to their security policy and do not store the data on any servers.

Can I disable Waze location history?

No, this function cannot be disabled. You can manually clear the history and cache of the Waze app each time.

Alternatively, use another mobile navigator without history storage or with the ability to disable it - for example, Google Maps.

Ilia is a professional writer. He has expert knowledge in GPS and cartography with 15 years of experience. Additionally, Ilia has extensive experience in data recovery on PC and mobile. He started his career as a journalist by reviewing PC and mobile apps. His current responsibilities are to keep track of users' questions on MGT and answer them.