Google Maps has added a new feature that aims to make it easier for users to share their real-time location directly from the app. The new feature will be available across all platforms including Android, iPhone, mobile web, and desktop. Google says the location sharing feature on Google Maps is being rolled out worldwide over the coming week. Also Read - Google Workspace now available for everyone, including free Google account ownersAlso Read - UEFA Euro 2020: Colourful Google Doodle kicks off European Football Championship
To get started with this new feature, open the side menu or tap the blue dot that shows where you are currently. Tap on Share location and choose with whom to share. You can send a link of your location through your messenger apps. Do note you can choose to share the location forever or set a timer. You can know that Google Maps is actively sharing your location by an icon above the compass. You can turn it off whenever you want. Also Read - Android 12 beta 2 rolling out: New privacy features, tweaked design and more
Another thing you can dofrom the feature is that you can share your real-time location and trip progress right from the navigation. During your next trip, tap the More button on the bottom on the navigation screen, and then tap Share trip. When you share your trip with people, they ll see your expected arrival time and can follow your journey as you head towards your destination. Sharing automatically ends when you arrive, explains Google. ALSO READ: Google aims to develop more India-relevant features
Real time location feature sort of reminds you of WhatsApp s location sharing feature, which uses Google Maps on Android. For iPhone, users get the Apple Maps option. Since Apple Maps barely works, particularly in India, a native real-time location sharing feature on Google Maps makes a lot of sense. It reduces one step in the process of accessing someone s location.
Google Maps has consistently improved its services over the last few months. One of the latest features that Google introduced was creating lists of your favorite places on Google Maps and sharing with your friends. The feature, called Lists, is available for both Android and iOS devices. The feature lets you curate a list of places to visit, eating joints and more. Besides sharing it with select contacts, you can also make the curated list for public viewing. ALSO READ: Google Maps for Android update makes it easier to make pit stops or detours, here s how it works