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Real-time Location and Journey Sharing from Google Maps

Soon, Google Maps will allow its users on both Android and iOS worldwide to share their real-time location with anyone as well as they will also be able to answere questions like “Where are you now?” and “What’s your ETA?” and more in just a few taps —without ever leaving the app.

When a user shares their real-time location with people, “they’ll will be able to see the location on Android, iPhone, mobile web, and even desktop.” And, the user will see an icon above the compass on its own map reminding them of “actively sharing of their location.”

For sharing a location, right in the Maps app, just open the side menu or tap the blue dot (representing where you are), and tap “Share location” and then select who to share with and how long to share.

You can even share real-time location with Google contacts, or by sending a link on any of your favorite messenger apps.

Location sharing on Google Maps
Location sharing on Google Maps

Should you need to stop sharing, you can do it at any time.

In addition, users will also be able to share real-location alongwith their trip progress from navigation by simply tapping the “More” button on the bottom on the navigation screen, and then a single tap on “Share trip.”

Once, the trip is shared, people will see your expected arrival time and can follow you as you head toward your destination. The sharing will automatically end when you arrives at the destination.

Real-time Locstion and Trip Sharing on Google Maps
Real-time Locstion and Trip Sharing on Google Maps

Google has also shared a video that demonstrate how it works in a real-world scenario:

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