3 Ways to Share Your Location with Friends

Whether you’re going to meet a friend, visit your family or headed back home, you may experience travel delays. Yes, as well as you may have planned getting from Point A to Point B you may encounter some unexpected events.

Flights may run late, roads may be snarled with traffic, trains may be delayed or your bicycle may get a flat tire. Whatever the situation, you may want to let people know when to expect you. Or to let them know you arrived home safely.

3 Ways to Share Your Location with Friends
3 Ways to Share Your Location with Friends

Instead of giving people constant updates about your arrival time, you can share your location with others. Let them follow your travel progress as you make your way to your destination.

You can use three apps to share your location with others in real-time. They can see where you are on a map and track your location as you move.

You can share your location permanently with others, or you can use these apps to share your location for a limited amount of time.

Three different apps let you share your location with others, and you may already have these apps on your phone.

Google Maps

Last week Google Maps released an update to allow your location to be shared using an iPhone. Previously locations could only be shared by those using Android phones.

Sharing your location using Google Maps is especially handy when sharing is done with people who have Android phones or between iPhone and Android users.

To share your location with someone using Google Maps, open the Google Maps app (be sure to update your app if you’re using an iPhone) and sign in with your Google account.

Tap the menu icon (three stacked lines) in the upper left corner of the screen, then tap Location sharing .

3 Ways to Share Your Location with Friends
3 Ways to Share Your Location with Friends

You’ll see a choice of how long you want to share your location. For one hour, or you can adjust the time.

3 Ways to Share Your Location with Friends
3 Ways to Share Your Location with Friends

You can also share your location indefinitely, until you turn it off.

To share your location with others using Google Maps, you will need to have Location History turned on in your Google account and allow the Google Maps app to have access to your location always.

Learn more at => How to REALLY Turn Off Google Location History

Google Maps will create a link which you can share with others via text message or email. Your friend(s) will get a notice with a link they can tap to see your location on Google Maps.

3 Ways to Share Your Location with Friends
3 Ways to Share Your Location with Friends

The time period you set to share your location will run from the time the link is created.

iPhone Find My Friends

If you and your friend(s) have an iPhone, iPad, Mac computer or iCloud account, you can use Find My Friends to share your location with them. Find My Friends can’t be used with Android phones.

You can use Find My Friends to share your location with others for one hour, until the end of the day, or indefinitely.

3 Ways to Share Your Location with Friends
3 Ways to Share Your Location with Friends

A full explanation of how to use Find My Friends, including a link to the Find My Friends app is included in The Wonder of Tech article: Find My Friends: A Cool, Creepy and Life-Saving App .

3 Ways to Share Your Location with Friends
3 Ways to Share Your Location with Friends

Facebook Messenger

You can share your location with your Facebook friends using Facebook Messenger. This is best used for your friends on Facebook who use Facebook Messenger. If you’re not Facebook friends with the person with whom you want to share your location using Facebook Messenger, you can either:

  • become Facebook friends with them or
  • choose a different method of sharing your location

Note that you must allow Messenger to track your location always to share your location with others using the app.

To use Facebook Messenger to share your location with others, open the Facebook Messenger app on your phone.  Type the name(s) of the friend(s) you want to share your location with.

Tap the + button.

3 Ways to Share Your Location with Friends
3 Ways to Share Your Location with Friends

Tap Location.

3 Ways to Share Your Location with Friends
3 Ways to Share Your Location with Friends

You’ll see a map of your current location. Tap Share Live Location for 60 minutes  at the bottom of the map. Your friend will see a message in Messenger with a map showing your current location.

3 Ways to Share Your Location with Friends
3 Ways to Share Your Location with Friends

Unfortunately, you can’t change the time period when you’ll be sharing your location with Facebook Messenger. Sharing is for 60 minutes, not a minute shorter or longer.

You can cancel sharing by tapping Stop Sharing in the message in Messenger.

What Else You Should Know

Share Your Location Using Apps vs. Computer

You can share your location using these three apps, but you can’t use location sharing from your computer. Don’t think about using Google Maps, Find My Friends or Facebook Messenger to share your location from your computer, unless you want to be sorely disappointed.

If you click Location sharing in Google Maps on your computer, you’ll see this notice:

3 Ways to Share Your Location with Friends
3 Ways to Share Your Location with Friends

But you can follow someone’s location using your computer. So you can send your location to others by using these three apps, then they can use their computer to see where you are on a map.

That’s good news for your friends who don’t have a smart phone and want to see your location.

App Location Settings

By using these tech tools you are allowing apps to follow your location always. If you don’t need to share your location with your friends always, then you may not need these apps to follow your location always.

Be sure to adjust location settings for apps so that they meet your needs. Having an app always following your location may be an invasion of privacy and a drain on your phone’s battery.

Check out => How to Know Which Apps Are Tracking Your Location

After you’re done sharing your location, adjust the app’s location settings. You can set them back to Always the next time you want to share your location with friends.

Your Thoughts

Have you ever shared your location with your friends? Which of these three apps have you use? Do you find sharing your location with others easier than texting them to keep them updated about your arrival time?

Share your thoughts in the Comments section below!