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Last Updated: August 10th, 2013

When Google updated Maps earlier this summer, Latitude was no where to be found. It turned out that the days of Google's location tracking and sharing service were over. We suspect that Latitude is another victim of Google+, which introduced the ability to check into locations and share current locations in new posts not long before Google announced that it was retiring Latitude. Today is the last day to export your data from the service, so hop on it if you want to maintain access to this data.

Update: Users still have access to their location history, but the Latitude app, API, and website are gone. Google+ replicates some of the lost functionality, but there are also alternative third-party apps to choose from.

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The data contained within the zip is saved as a JSON file. It's possible to import this data into another service in order to make use of it. Chronos is one such offering that is currently explicitly reaching out to Google Latitude users.

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Unfortunately none of us have had any luck getting our data imported, but we're looking into it. Your mileage may vary.

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Life360 also claims to support importing from Google Latitude. Again, I didn't have any luck getting it to work.

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If you're willing to let your data go, consider checking out Hemisphere. It's another Google Latitude alternative that replicates the functionality.

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All three apps are available from the Play Store for free below.

Thanks, Danny.

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. He now lives in the City of Bridges, adjusting to the presence of actual snow. His phone of choice is the HTC One.

  • Jdban

    :'(

    It is a sad day

  • andy_o

    My location history (google.com/locationhistory) is not working exactly since the same day I updated to the new maps (I think the day that AP published the apk). Have reset settings, uninstalled/installed maps, even reset Google Now, nothing. Everyone else have it working and logging location? This is on an N4.

    • emperor43

      I have no problems with it on ether my phone, s2, or my tablet n7; have you enabled it in the new maps app? for me it wasn't enabled by default even though i had it enabled in the android google account settings before updating.

      • andy_o

        Yeah, it's enabled but it's not really in the maps app, it's in the new-ish Google settings in the app drawer.

        • emperor43

          The same menu but under a different name is also available in the settings of the maps app, but if you have it enabled it should work. I was using backitude and sometimes it lost the token that granted access to the latitude api and i had to reselect my account to give it again access but it can't be the same problem with an official google app :(

          • andy_o

            Yeah, the option in maps just takes you to the Google Settings options, but I figured out what was wrong. The AOSP browser apparently is not compatible, it's showing that there's no location history, but Firefox is working fine.

  • mgamerz

    Looks like I'll never make it to the moon unless I can hit a couple hundred thousand miles on my bike today.

  • Marcus

    I'm not very happy...

    • Fifth313ment

      Me either, I like Latitude just to keep track of where I had been and
      routes traveled. Google Plus blows! You can't see where your contacts
      are nor what time the location is from. Complete crap Google. That's
      like bringing my Mercedes into the dealer for repair and them giving me
      back a Daewoo. LOL

      • mgamerz

        It also doesn't load the map tiles like 80% of the time making it worthless.

  • Gomfam

    It looks like Hemisphere is the closest to Google Latitude.. RIP Google Latitude!!!

  • astasualle

    I don't think the location history is going away. its just the latitude that will be dead.
    play service will still use location history to save your location

    • Stephen Sichina

      Wow thanks for pointing this out, somehow I did not realize that my location history was still being recorded these past 6 months!! That is excellent, I love having a record of everywhere I've ever been these past few years.

  • D4niel

    A couple of things on this...

    First, Location History lives on. https://maps.google.com/locationhistory/

    Second, Google+ location sharing replicates Latitudes location sharing pretty closely. The only current issues are that seem to be that it doesn't update terribly quickly (sometimes half an hour or more, but that was sometimes true with Latitude), and it doesn't show the age of the locations.

    • http://mavi222.deviantart.com/gallery/ Mavi

      But where can I see my friends on map on my desktop? If I wanted to see latitude I would go to latitude.google.com .. Where should I go to see Google+ Locations with all my friends on one map?

      • CoreRooted

        You can't. Rumor has it that It's in the pipeline to be developed but isn't there yet. Also, there are third party products that will allow you to do this.

        • jOn Garrett

          but there are no good ones, latitude was perfect--now its gone. so sad. I feel like an iPhone users now.

    • Fifth313ment

      Thanks bro, didn't know this. This is what I was really worried about as I love being able to track my movements (AND OTHERS, MUAAHHHHHHHHHHH). :P

  • ergu

    Sometimes, when I'm feeling decadent, I'll use latitude AND longitude to track my whereabouts. Sure, I know you're literally doubling the coordinates you have to keep track of, but it literally pays for itself in increased accuracy.

    • CoreRooted

      LMAO! Next you're going to say you're and ESRI customer too, right? ;)

      For those who don't know what ESRI is (http://www.esri.com).

  • Wayne Randall

    From Chronos' Play page:

    "To get started, we ask you to connect with Facebook to get the app's full functionality..."

    Aaaand it's a stillbirth.

    • mgamerz

      You can sign in with google.

  • mgamerz

    Chronos just removed the Latitude text off their home page.

    • Raymond Berger

      I can't figure out any way to import my data to their site or app. The app looks neat though so I'm going to give it a try.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        They're still looking into importing Takeout location history.

  • jOn Garrett

    I wish there was an app like the iOS app Footprints but without the subscription fee. cant one of you guys who knows how to write apps make one., we'll help you with funding if you have to kickstart it.

    • http://twitter.com/tymathews Tyler

      Hey jOn I'm building a location sharing app called Yougy and would love to get your opinion on it. Still in private alpha but I've listed out the features and have a way to sign up. Thanks ^_^

      http://yougy.co

      • jOn Garrett

        You made me sign up for a dating site!! What's up with that?

        • http://twitter.com/tymathews Tyler

          lol. What?

          • jOn Garrett

            this.

          • rmeden

            I don't see a "based on this site, I think you'll love"... could that be from some toolbar? (it could also have been removed from the site)

          • jOn Garrett

            I see a "based on this signup" and he and I was talking about maps. he said "Hey jOn I'm building a location sharing app called Yougy and would love to get your opinion on it"

            so I go there an it asked for my email address. I put in in and this is what I was showed AFTER. so he lied to get me to sign up for some other shit.

            click on the link and see for yourself but should use a disposable email address.

  • http://www.bloggure.info/ Cedric Gatay

    I want to bring the attention on another application that can replace some use cases of Google Latitude.

    It consists in asking your friend where they are through a simple application. They chose for how long they wish to share their location and do not need to have the application installed (they don't even need an Android smartphone, any decent smartphone with a geolocation aware browser is enough).

    Don't hesitate to test it http://lclz.in

    Disclaimer : I'm the author