You can now share your real-time location from Google Maps on Android and iOS


Google has finally added the option to share real-time location in Maps. Starting today, the new feature will be rolled out to Google Maps users worldwide on both Android and iOS platforms.

Whenever you are asked where you are or when exactly you'll arrive at your destination, you will be able to reply by sharing your real-time location. The people you're sharing the information with will be able to see your location on Android, iPhone, mobile web, and even desktop.

Sharing your real-time location is easy, as you'll need to tap the new “Share location” option and select who to share with and long to share. You can choose from your Google contacts who will receive the information, but you can also share it with friends and family by sending a link on their favorite messenger apps.

You can see that you're location has been shared with others in Google Maps thanks to the icon above the compass. Naturally, you can turn off real-time location sharing anytime you want.

Moreover, you can directly go ahead and share your next trip by tapping the “More” button on the bottom on the navigation screen. This way, the people you're sharing the information with will know when to expect you and will be able to follow your entire journey.

It's worth noting that the new real-time location share feature might not be available right away to all Google Maps users on Android and iOS since this seems to be a staged rollout.

source: Google

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5 Comments

1. talon95

Posts: 1002; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

We said it was dumb when they removed this from maps and put it into G+. Not surprising it's coming back. It made much more sense in maps to allow for navigating to a friend.

5. MpowerSkills

Posts: 47; Member since: Feb 19, 2011

It was never in maps

2. TediT

Posts: 46; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

Another great idea to get our asses kicked by our gf lol

3. Unordinary unregistered

I've been using this for a ton in iMessage. It's so nice when meeting up with people at big events like festivals for example, being able to find eachother easily with out hassle.

6. MpowerSkills

Posts: 47; Member since: Feb 19, 2011

both Apple and Google do such a bad job integrating this. It could be so cool

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