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Android: How to share your location and GPS coordinates

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Android: How to share your location and GPS coordinates
We have published an updated article on this topic. You can read it here.

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.

Android: How to share your location and GPS coordinates

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.

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posted on 16 Nov 2012, 06:55 2

1. wendygarett (unregistered)

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

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 07:46 2

2. TylerGrunter (Posts: 1543; Member since: 16 Feb 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.

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 10:24

4. Cyan3boN (Posts: 446; Member since: 23 Feb 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

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 13:56

5. torr310 (Posts: 1072; Member since: 27 Oct 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.

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 14:38

6. TylerGrunter (Posts: 1543; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)

That was pretty much my point!

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 09:56

3. NexusKoolaid (Posts: 493; Member since: 24 Oct 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.

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 19:02

7. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 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.

posted on 18 Nov 2012, 08:49

8. tiburonpineda (Posts: 40; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)

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

posted on 18 Nov 2012, 12:29 2

9. BJRCollins (Posts: 4; Member since: 18 Nov 2012)

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

posted on 18 Nov 2012, 15:54

10. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

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

posted on 18 Nov 2012, 22:22

11. VictoriaBrownberry (Posts: 11; Member since: 17 Nov 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.

posted on 01 Mar 2013, 00:25

12. AndyTrung (Posts: 1; Member since: 01 Mar 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.

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 05:48

13. ramaa (Posts: 1; Member since: 07 Aug 2013)

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

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 04:30

14. Don475 (Posts: 1; Member since: 12 Sep 2013)

I prefer to use PickMeUp
Look at Google Play

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 06:36

15. Wittt (Posts: 2; Member since: 31 Oct 2014)

I use Fmap.eu it has much more functions...

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