I've recently discovered Google Location History, however my history map is made up of lots of very long straight lines because it doesn't appear to get checkpoint/location information very often.

Is there any way to increase how many times it gets the location in order to get a more accurate view of my movements in a day? I understand that this may reduce battery life.

Thank you.

  • Have you tried using some tracking app? Some of them allow you to define intervals. If you insist all those data should be going to the cloud, so Google can profile you: I don't know for sure, but I would expect them to pick that up if it's available.
    – Izzy
    Jul 26, 2016 at 10:02

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"Start driving"[1] in Google Maps increases the frequency to 15 seconds per sample. Then send it to background, turn off the screen. It consumes more battery but not much.

[1] since the side menu has been removed, the feature can only be used by adding a shortcut (sometimes called widget) to your home screen.


From experience, I've noted that Google Maps increases the frequency with which it captures location data if I'm using another device that intensively uses the phone's GPS, such as a Bluetooth-connected activity and fitness tracker. When it is active it seems to induce Google Maps to collect the same data with the same frequency as the fitness tracker.

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