Google Maps Brings Real-Time Location Sharing on Android, iOS: Here’s How to Enable the Feature

Messaging apps like WhatsApp, Signal and others have an option to share your location with your contacts It’s a quick way to let your friends and family know where you are or send them your live location to help them navigate. Now, Google is bringing real-time location sharing natively to the Maps app on Android, iOS and PC. Google users can share their live location with their contacts through the map location sharing option.

With the location sharing feature in Google Maps, you can choose who can access your location details and for how long The messaging app also has some nifty additions for simple live location sharing. For example, with Google Maps location sharing, people you share your location with can also see your device’s battery power and whether it’s charging. And if you navigate to a destination, you can share your estimated time of arrival.

According to Google’s support page on location sharing, the feature also works when location history is turned off on Maps. The feature works almost identically on Android and iOS. To start sharing your location, go to the Google Maps app on your Android device, iPhone, or iPad, tap the profile icon in the top right, and select Location Sharing. You’ll then get an option to choose how long you want to share your location with a list of Google (you can choose to share your location for a full day, or choose to share it until you stop location sharing can). You can share your location with contacts You can tap a contact’s profile and select Share.

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Location sharing is also available on iOS
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To share your location outside of Google Contacts, you can select More options in the Location Sharing menu and share the link to your real-time location via other messaging apps like WhatsApp and iMessage. To stop sharing your location, tap the profile of the person you’re sharing your location with and select Stop

You can share your estimated time of arrival (ETA) with a contact while navigating to a destination on Google Maps. To do this, open the map, set a destination and start navigation. Then, tap More and select Share Trip Progress to share your route with a contact Location sharing turns off automatically when you reach your destination or when you stop navigation.

Last month, Google Maps introduced a few India-centric features at its Building for India event in New Delhi. The tech giant has showcased features such as live view walking, lens on maps, energy efficient routing, address descriptor, local train support, etc. Google said that live view walking navigation is coming in 3 thousand cities of the country. The Where’s My Train feature, which allows users to track trains, is set to add support for Mumbai local trains. Local train support for Kolkata is also coming soon.

At Google I/O 2023 the search giant has repeatedly told us that it will take care of AI alongside the launch of the first foldable phone and Pixel-branded tablet. This year, the company is going to supercharge its apps, services and Android operating system with AI technology. We discuss this and more on the Orbital, Gadgets 360 podcast. Orbital is available on Spotify, Gaana, JioSaavn, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music and wherever else you get your podcasts.
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