Android: How to share your location and GPS coordinates

Android: How to share your location and GPS coordinates
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Here is a scenario you've probably experienced, just like the majority of the human beings inhabiting the planet: you are at this really cool place and you want to invite a bunch of friends over, but giving them directions on the phone proves as difficult as teaching a cat to bark. Or you are on your way to a rendezvous point and you want someone else to keep track of your location, just so they know when you are about get there.

How do you do that with the help of your smartphone? Well, as with many other things, there is more than one way of sharing your coordinates with someone else, and in this how-to guide, we'll describe several methods of doing that on an Android smartphone.

Google Latitude

Google Latitude is built right into Google Maps, and unless you are an Android newbie, you have probably heard about the feature before. The application allows you to see the location of your friends on a map, and vice versa. Their position can be viewed both on a mobile device, be it a smartphone or a tablet, or on a computer via the Latitude web interface. Isn't that cool? Here is how you use it:

But that is just one of the ways of telling people where you are. On the next page we'll go over two other handy applications that can also get the job done.



1. wendygarett unregistered

nice and useful article :) keep up the good work Nick

2. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

Why so complex? Check that you have on you GPS/Wifi settings, go to WhatsApp, send a message with your possition to anyone in your list or to a group. I never really understood the advantage of Latitude.

4. Cyan3boN

Posts: 446; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

with latitude enabled any of your ffriend for whom you have given access can view your current location as long as you are connected to internet, or else it will just list your last known location. whereas you have to list your location manually through whatsapp or viber

5. torr310

Posts: 1667; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

+1 to use the What's App. I don't want to share my location only when I need to. So latitude is pointless to me, while What's App does the job easily when needed.

6. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

That was pretty much my point!

3. NexusKoolaid

Posts: 493; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

You don't even need WhatsApp - through maps I can send my location to anyone. The thing about Latitude though is that it's automatic. If my wife or kids want to know where I am they just call up maps on their phone or PC. I don't have to send anything.

7. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I wish I knew about this before today.... I was waiting for my kids mother to pick me up, I went somewhere she never been before. She called me while she was already on route. I had to talk her to where I was. I need to keep this info handy.

8. tiburonpineda

Posts: 40; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

guys what about Glympse that's a cool app too.

9. BJRCollins

Posts: 4; Member since: Nov 18, 2012

Or you can just open the standard text messaging app, click the paper clip icon and press location. Hit send. Done.

10. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

My oh are a genius!!!! lol Thanks for this extremely faster way.

11. VictoriaBrownberry

Posts: 11; Member since: Nov 17, 2012

I actually find this, and location history very useful. It allows you to backtrack and/or cover for yourself by showing your location history.

12. AndyTrung

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 01, 2013

I use a free app called KipTrak for Android phone that you can use to monitor. It's free and you can remotely control it's too. It save all your data so that you can see where your kid was yesterday and where he is now.

13. ramaa

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 07, 2013

find location for any mobile in the world phonestrack(dont)com

14. Don475

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 12, 2013

I prefer to use PickMeUp Look at Google Play

15. Wittt

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 31, 2014

I use it has much more functions...

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