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Share your real-time location with friends, family using Google Maps

Share your real-time location with friends, family using Google Maps

Share your real-time location with friends, family using Google Maps

“Where are you now?” “When will you get here?” “Which route are you using?” Whether you’re heading to a party, baby shower, meeting up for dinner with a loved one or even going to watch your favourite match with your buddies, you probably hear questions like these often from relatives and friends.

Sometimes, you may have to keep answering calls and or replying texts from the while driving or crossing the busy streets of Nairobi, and this comes with risks such as accidents or mugging.

If you share sharing locations, you will be able to quickly get directions to where your friends are – especially if they’re on the go; find them easily once you get to the venue; and see your/ their trip progress and know expected time of arrival, among other benefits.

This week, Google announced a new location sharing feature on Google Maps that makes it possible for you to share your real-time location with anyone you want. The feature lets you tell your friends and family where you are and when you’ll get where you’re going in real-time, without ever having to leave the Google Maps App. The people you share with are able to see your location on iOS, Android, and even desktop.

You can select who to share your location with from your device’s contacts, Google Contacts, or send a link to a friend via a messaging or social networking app.

The new feature is currently available globally on Google Maps App and in Swahili as well as other languages that Google Maps supports.

So, how do I share my location?

There are a few ways to share your location:

  • Open the side menu on Google Maps and tap on “share location”. From there, you choose who you want to share with, how long you want to share, and how  you’d like to share (via link or directly with a friend in Google Maps.

  • Tap on the blue dot and then tap on “share your location”. From there, you choose who you want to share with, how long you want to share, and how  you’d like to share (via link or directly with a friend in Google Maps.

  • From navigation mode, tap “more” and then tap “share trip progress”. Select the friend you want to share with to keep them updated on your progress while you’re enroute.