You can share your location with any of your contacts, but the process is different depending on whether the contact has a Google account or not.
- If the contact has a Google account:
Step 1: Open the Google Maps app on your Android device. If you haven’t already done so, log into your Google account.
Step 2: Tap the icon resembling three vertical lines, located in the upper-left corner of the screen, to open the menu.
Step 3: Tap on “Location sharing.”
Open the “Location sharing” menu.
Step 4: Tap “Get started.”
Step 5: Select the amount of time for which you want to share your location. You can set a specific number of hours by tapping the + and – buttons, or tap “Until you turn this off” to keep location sharing on indefinitely.
Step 6: Tap on the contact(s) with whom you want to share your location, and then tap “Share.”
Once you’ve selected a contact and a time period, you can share your location.
Your contact can now open their own Google Maps app and see where you are on the map.
When you want to turn location sharing off, return to the Location Sharing menu and tap the “X” next to the person you shared with.
You can turn off location sharing at any time.
- If your contact doesn’t have a Google account:
If your contact doesn’t have a Google account, they won’t appear alongside your contacts in Google Maps. When this happens, refer to the following.
Step 1- Swipe through your contacts until you reach the icon labeled “More.” Tap “More.”
Tapping “More” will reveal a new list of options.
Step 2- Tap “Copy to clipboard.”
Step 3- Tap on the paperclip icon located alongside your profile’s avatar.
Step 4- Tap on the link that appears in the middle of the screen. This will copy it, so you can paste it anywhere.
Tap on the link to copy it, even if the entire link isn’t visible.
Step 5- Share the link with your contact via the messaging app of your choice, or email. When someone opens the link, they’ll be brought to Google Maps, where they can see your location.
This is also useful if you want to send someone a notification that you’ve shared your location with them.
Again, to stop sharing your location, tap “Location sharing” from the Menu, then tap the “X” icon next to the contact(s) with whom you want to stop sharing your location.