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Show others where you are with iMessage

If you chat with your friends and family on iMessage, you can use Google Maps to show them where you are.

Step 1: Open a conversation

Important: To send MMS messages, iMessage needs your phone number. If you’re asked, tap Settings to add your number.

  1. From your iPhone or iPad Home screen, find iMessage.
  2. Open an existing conversation, or go to the top right and tap New Message New Message.

Step 2: Add Google Maps to iMessage

  1. At the bottom of the screen, tap Apps
  2. In the bottom left, tap the App drawer Apps.
  3. Tap Add +.
  4. In the top right, tap Manage.
  5. Next to “Google Maps,” turn the switch on. If you don’t see Google Maps, download the Google Maps app
  6. In the top right, tap Done.

Step 3: Send your location

Important: To stop location sharing, on the thumbnail, tap Stop.

  1. At the bottom of the screen, tap Apps .
  2. In the bottom left, tap the App drawer Apps.
  3. Tap Google Maps.
  4. Choose how you want to share your location.
    • To share your real time location: Select Share your real time location for 1 hour. You can extend the amount of time to share your location up to 3 days.
    • To share only your current location: Select Send your current location.
  5. Tap Send .
  6. Tap the up arrow.

Tip: If you choose to share your real time location, you must open the Google Maps app to update your location.

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