The frustration of encountering the error message “Location History is not available for this device” can be quite overwhelming, especially when all the necessary settings appear to be correctly configured.
If you find yourself in this predicament, don’t worry! There are several potential solutions that have proven successful for various users. Let’s explore some of these methods:
Fix: Location History is not available for this device
1. Check Device Settings
- Ensure that location services are enabled on your device. Go to your device’s settings and verify that both background app refresh and location are turned on.
- For Android users, navigate to Settings > Location > Advanced > Google Location Accuracy and make sure it is toggled on.
- For iOS users, go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services and ensure that the settings are configured correctly.
2. Remove and Re-add your Google Account
- Remove your Google account from the Google Maps app on your device.
- Log out of your Google account from all Google services, including Google Maps.
- Restart your device and sign back into your Google account.
- Re-enable Location History in the Google Maps app and check if the device is listed under “Devices on this account.”
3. Clear Device Information
- Sign in to your Google Account and navigate to “Activity controls” or “My Activity.”
- Look for the “Device Information” option and delete all device information associated with your account.
- Sign out of your Google Account from all devices and applications.
- Sign back into your Google Account and re-enable Location History in the Google Maps app.
4. Use Trusted Contacts (for iOS users)
- Install the Google Trusted Contacts app from the App Store.
- Open the app and follow the instructions to turn on Location History for your account.
- Restart your device and check if the device is now checked under “Devices on this account” in the Location History settings.
5. Contact Google Support
- If none of the above solutions work, it may be necessary to reach out to Google Support for further assistance.
- Provide them with detailed information about the issue you’re facing, including the steps you have already taken to troubleshoot.
Remember, the effectiveness of these solutions may vary depending on device models, operating systems, and other factors. It’s advisable to try multiple methods and see which one works for you.
Hopefully, one of these approaches will resolve the frustrating “Location History is not available for this device” issue, allowing you to enjoy the benefits of location tracking and history once again.