Google Maps Update Adds New Location Sharing Feature With Real-Time Friend Tracking

Google Maps will soon let users on Android and iOS share their real-time location with friends, family, and other personals, while Google is making it easier to users share their GPS location. Google Maps will introduce a better way for users to share their real-time locations, as Google’s update differs from the location sharing in Apple Maps, Messages, and Find My Friends, though, all lack the ability to follow friends around on a map in real-time. Here are the details.


For instance, when using Google Maps on iOS, users will be able to tap into the app’s side menu, choose “Share Location,” and pick from a selection of approved contacts who will be the one see their current location. Contacts are pulled from existing Google accounts, though users can also send links through Messages to friends who aren’t on their Phonebook (contacts list) when they need to share their location.

This is how Google Maps new location sharing in real-time works. After a user’s location is shared, their chosen contacts will see where they are within Google Maps, represented as a small face icon that eventually moves in real-time according to where the sharer is located. There’s a small icon above the compass in the app will remind users that their location is being shared for the period of time they requested, but they can also choose to end sharing easily.

As Google Maps can now temporarily share your real-time location with friends, which you choose who can see where you are actually and for how long you will be there. Google has pushed the update of a real-time location sharing feature to Google Maps on Android and iOS, where the person you are sharing your location to will be able to see it live on your phone’s web browser, and even desktop PC.

Users of Google Maps app will also be able to share real-time trip progress from navigation by simply doing this. Tap the “More” button on the bottom on the navigation screen, and then again tapping “Share Trip,” you will be able to share your trip in real-time pace. After sharing your trip, the receiver will see your expected arrival time and can follow your road trip journey as you head towards your destination. Sharing automatically ends when you once arrive or reach the place.


Today, Google also posted a video to detail a real scenario where its location sharing feature could come in handy, focusing on the creation of a surprise birthday party. While watching this video, you can also learn how users can share their car trips with friends, so they can see an ETA on when the sharer should be arriving.

Google said that location sharing will be rolling out worldwide sometime soon. Google Maps can be downloaded for free from the iOS App Store [Direct Link].

Also see: Google Announces App Updates To Duo, Allo And Photos [New Features]

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