I would like to enable Google's Location History on my iPhone, so I can see my location history through https://www.google.com/maps/timeline.

I tried enabling this functionality as follows: Open the Google app - Menu - My Account - Personal Info & Privacy- Activity Controls - Location History. Here my iPhone is listed, with a disabled checkbox. When I click on the checkbox to enable it, nothing happens.

I have Settings-Privacy- Location Services enabled, and Settings-Privacy- Location Services-Google set to 'Always'.

Is there any way to enable the Location History functionality?

  • Do you have Background App Refresh turned on for Google? See this Google help page and be sure to follow all directions. – fsb Dec 29 '16 at 20:23
  • Are you using a personal Google account, or one provided to you through work or school? – Timothy Mueller-Harder Dec 29 '16 at 23:36
  • Backgtound App Refresh is enabled, both in general and for Google. – Matthijs Melissen Dec 29 '16 at 23:42
  • I'm using a personal Google account, however one registered through Google Apps on a personal domain that I own. – Matthijs Melissen Dec 29 '16 at 23:46
  • Nobody any idea? – Matthijs Melissen Jan 3 '17 at 21:27

I found the answer myself. For some reason, enabling the device through the Google app did not work, however the same screen in Google Maps works fine.

Open the Google Maps app > Menu > Settings > Location history > Enable the device.

  • Doesn't work for me on iPhone X, iOS 13. Checkbox disabled with Use a location enabled Google app on the iOS device to change the setting form both the Google and Google Maps app (they open the browser to access the setting). Location is always enabled for both apps. Any other ideas? – thisismydesign Aug 17 at 15:18

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