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How to share your location and GPS coordinates using your smartphone

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How to share your location and GPS coordinates using your smartphone
Back in the old days, meeting with others at a location they weren't familiar with was not always an easy task. You either had to give them a very specific address, or describe in detail how they could get there. Thankfully, we now have smartphones that are always at our disposal and are capable of pin-pointing our location thanks to their built-in GPS radios. And with the help of the right software, one can easily share their location with friends and family – no need to spend time on the phone trying to explain how they can find you. Here's a handful of apps that are ideal for the job. 

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posted on 13 Dec 2013, 10:06 1

1. ballaonnabudget (Posts: 34; Member since: 15 May 2013)


Or you can just use a WP8 where its built into the OS and text your location with one touch.

posted on 13 Dec 2013, 10:10 4

4. SellPhones82 (Posts: 472; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


Hangouts does it with one touch as well. It's as easy as sending a pics as the location icon is right next to the camera one.

posted on 13 Dec 2013, 10:19 1

6. ballaonnabudget (Posts: 34; Member since: 15 May 2013)


Is hangouts a part of the Android OS? I'm not sure but what i'm referring to is part of WP8s core OS.

posted on 13 Dec 2013, 14:29 2

10. rihel_95 (Posts: 197; Member since: 21 Mar 2012)


android 4.4 kitkat made hangout mandatory in google experience android. though being an open source, mamy companies remove it.

posted on 13 Dec 2013, 14:29 1

11. rihel_95 (Posts: 197; Member since: 21 Mar 2012)


android 4.4 kitkat made hangout mandatory in google experience android. though being an open source, many companies remove it.

posted on 13 Dec 2013, 10:09 2

2. clevername (Posts: 1428; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)


Its not just wp8 balla, this functionality has been available on smartphones in the stock maps app for years. IOS android wp8 all have this capability without maps. Slow news day iguess

posted on 13 Dec 2013, 10:21

7. ballaonnabudget (Posts: 34; Member since: 15 May 2013)


Its not built into the maps actually its right in the text message portion which really makes it simple. As your texting you can include your location in the text without having to use 2 apps such as maps and text/hangouts.

posted on 13 Dec 2013, 18:12 1

12. taikucing (unregistered)


so what? some android roms have that capabilities too.
Can WP launch any apps from notification area? It's the best shortcut in android

posted on 13 Dec 2013, 10:09 1

3. Synack (Posts: 659; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)


Or you can just use Google Hangouts which comes with every phone now and just click the location button right next to the send button. I literally just used this 30 seconds ago to show my friend where my work is.

posted on 13 Dec 2013, 10:14

5. tedkord (Posts: 4268; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


I have Life360 installed on all my family phones. There's no need to send the coordinates, anyone in the family can see where anyone else is at any time. A bit of peace of mind when one of the kids is out.

posted on 13 Dec 2013, 13:06

8. Stuntman (Posts: 707; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)


With Waze, you can send your route to people via a URL that you can send via any messaging system. The recipients can view the URL on a browser and get your real time location. This function is primarily used to notify someone that you are travelling somewhere. It is only available if you are using Waze and select a route. You cannot just send your current location. I is more limited that the other apps, but I find it quite useful as I often use it when I'm driving to pick up someone. Also, my wife like to check my progress whenever I come home from work. :)

posted on 13 Dec 2013, 14:07

9. Malki (Posts: 43; Member since: 20 Feb 2013)


..or just ask someone from NSA :D

posted on 14 Dec 2013, 00:26

13. amirlukmanhisyam (Posts: 40; Member since: 26 Jun 2012)


For me I prefer whatsapp as I use it for messaging and it's integrated with map navigation apps. So, one click to see the location on map and another click for navigation to the destination.

posted on 14 Dec 2013, 23:11

14. SamDroid (Posts: 114; Member since: 14 Dec 2013)


Funny you didn't mention an app for BlackBerry...

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