How to share your location and GPS coordinates using your smartphone

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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16 Comments

1. ballaonnabudget

Posts: 38; Member since: May 15, 2013

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

4. SellPhones82

Posts: 569; Member since: Dec 11, 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.

6. ballaonnabudget

Posts: 38; Member since: May 15, 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.

10. rihel_95

Posts: 305; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

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

11. rihel_95

Posts: 305; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

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

2. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 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

7. ballaonnabudget

Posts: 38; Member since: May 15, 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.

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

3. Synack

Posts: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 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.

5. tedkord

Posts: 17414; Member since: Jun 17, 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.

8. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 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. :)

9. Malki

Posts: 68; Member since: Feb 20, 2013

..or just ask someone from NSA :D

13. amirlukmanhisyam

Posts: 44; Member since: Jun 26, 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.

14. SamDroid unregistered

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

15. mimimi

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 24, 2014

I use GPS2SMS app to share my location bit.ly/1rjCeMT

16. Wittt

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 31, 2014

I use Fmap.eu it has much more functions... goo.gl/lWSpgp

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