How to Share Your Location from Google Maps on Your iPhone

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Did you know that you can share your real-time location with friends and family right from the Google Maps app on your iPhone? We've already covered how to share and save locations from Apple Maps, but you can also send your location from the Google Maps app, so there's no confusion about meet-up spots when you're out and about. Let's get started!

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  1. Open the Google Maps app and make sure you're signed in; look in the upper-right corner for your profile picture or initial. 
  2. Tap the Menu (hamburger) icon, then tap Location Sharing.

    tap the hamburger icon in google mapstap location sharing in google maps
  3. Tap Get Started at the bottom of the page.
  4. Next, you'll choose the amount of time to share your location, from one hour on up, or even the option to leave location sharing on until you choose to manually turn the feature off.

    tap get started in google mapschoose the time to share your location
  5. After you've chosen how long to leave location sharing on, tap Select People.
  6. Type a name, phone number, or email address into the To field, or choose from the list of options below.

    tap select people in google mapschoose who to share your location with in google maps
  7. Once you've chosen one or more people to share your location with, tap Share.

    tap share to send a link with your location

That's it! Now the people you've chosen will know where to find you for the amount of time you've specified.

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Leanne Hays

Leanne Hays is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, and has written hundreds of in-depth how-to and troubleshooting articles. She's a former Associate Editor for iPhone Life magazine, and has written for the Iowa Source, as well as web content for education marketing. Leanne has an associate's degree in education, with a focus on curriculum development, as well as a bachelor's degree in science. She has over nine years of experience with SEO, social media management, and web development and writing. Despite years of web work, Leanne is by no means an early adapter; she's only owned a smartphone for five years, which makes her highly sympathetic to the learning curve of new iPhone owners. She enjoys making reader's lives easier and putting her education experience to work by walking them through the most practical ways to use Apple devices, step-by-step.

In off-work hours, Leanne is a mother of two, homesteader, audiobook fanatic, musician, and learning enthusiast.