I went on a trip and I'd like to make a map of the places I went. I could do this manually in Google Maps, but I know my 'phone tracks me everywhere I go.

Is there any way to take a Google Timeline from date1 to date2 and turn it into a map with connected dots?


Timeline (https://www.google.com/maps/timeline) now has an Export this day to KML option.

Checked a holiday from October, 2016 that I wanted to merge with Google's My Maps.
I will have to export each day but better than my entire maps history.

Screenshot showing the option to export the day's data to KML

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  • You can use Google Takeout to export all location history. – johan 2 hours ago

So I worked out a roundabout way of getting it done

  1. You can export your whole Google Timeline history as a KML file. Annoyingly, you can't give a date range you must export the whole history which makes for a huge file.
  2. The KML file can be easily edited in a text editor (use notepad++ maybe as it is huge). The format is very simple and you can delete all the date/point pairs for days you are not interested in. Remember to keep the top and bottom two lines for the KML tags.
  3. If the resulting file is less than 5GB you are good. Otherwise, you must split the file into multiple <5GB KML files. Again remember the beginning/ending tags.
  4. The files can now be imported into Google's My Maps and you have your map.

There has to be an easier way but this works.

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    Google My Maps now only allows imports <40Mb :( – routeburn Jan 21 '18 at 5:48

Not quite what you want, but Google Maps Timeline will show you dots for everywhere you've visited.

If you choose a specific day, it'll show on the map lines connecting the dots in order for your destinations that day. Unfortunately it'll only show a day at a time. There are at least arrows for you to move to the next/previous day.

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  • You can even get one month at a time as well though apparently not custom date range. I've exported the KML file now, but I'm not really sure how to play with it. – rhaskett Aug 26 '16 at 18:23
  • Doesn't Google Earth allow import of KML files? – ale Aug 26 '16 at 18:24
  • Yeah, but only the last location seems to show. Despite the KML file being 72GB! (You can only download your whole location history) – rhaskett Aug 26 '16 at 18:26

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