Share your real-time location with others

With Google Location sharing, you can choose who can find your location and how long you want to share your location.

Tip: Other Google products may also allow you to share a one-time location with others. 

Location sharing availability

You may get a warning when you open Location sharing. Common causes include:

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Important: You cannot share your location in Maps Go. Learn more about Maps Go features.

Share your location

Share with a person who has a Google Account
  1. If you haven't already, add their Gmail address to your Google Contacts.
  2. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Google Maps app Maps and sign in.
  3. Tap your profile picture or initial Account Circle and then  Location sharing and then New share Add people.
  4. Choose how long you want to share your location.
  5. Tap Select People.
    • If you’re asked about your contacts, give Google Maps access.
  6. Choose a person.
  7. Tap Share.

The person you chose will see that you shared your location with them.

Share with a person who doesn’t have a Google Account

To send your location to someone who doesn’t have a Google Account, share your location with a link.

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Google Maps app Maps and sign in.
  2. Tap your profile picture or initial Account Circle and then  Location sharing and then New share Add people.
  3. Send your Location sharing link.
    • To send your link through iMessage: Tap Message.
    • To send your link through another messaging app: Tap More More and then Select a different app

People with this link can find your real-time location for as long as you choose, up to 72 hours.

Stop sharing
  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Google Maps app Maps.
  2. Tap your profile picture or initial Account Circle and then Location sharing.
  3. Tap the profile of the person you don’t want to share your location with anymore.
  4. Tap Stop.
Share your estimated time of arrival

After you start to navigate by car, foot, or bicycle, you can share your destination, estimated arrival time, and your current location. The person you share this information with can keep track of your location until you arrive.

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Google Maps app Maps.
  2. Set a destination.
  3. After you start navigation, tap More More and then Share trip progress.
  4. Tap the profile of the person whom you want to share with and then Share.
    • To stop sharing before you arrive: Tap More More and then Stop sharing.

Get someone’s location

Find someone's location

When someone shares their location with you, you can find them on your map.

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Google Maps app​ Maps.
  2. Tap your profile picture or initial Account Circle and then Location sharing.
  3. Tap the profile of the person you want to find.
    • To update the person's location: Tap on a friend’s icon and then More More and then Refresh.

Tip: To show you someone's location, you can also ask the Google Assistant.

Ask for someone’s location

If you shared your location with someone, or they shared with you in the past, you can ask for their location in Maps.

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Google Maps app Maps.
  2. Tap your profile picture or initial Account Circle and then Location sharing.
  3. Tap a contact who shared with you before.
  4. Tap Request

After you ask for your contact’s location, they get your email address and a notification and can:

  • View your profile to verify who you are.
  • Share their location with you.
  • Ignore your request.
  • Block you. You cannot to ask for their location anymore.
Hide or show someone's location

Hide someone's location

If you don’t want someone’s real-time location on your map, you can hide it. You can turn their location back on at any time.

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Google Maps app​ Maps.
  2. On the map, tap their icon.
  3. At the bottom, tap More More.
  4. Tap Hide from map.

Tip: You can permanently block someone’s location from your map. Learn how to block another person’s account.

Turn on someone’s location you’ve hidden

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Google Maps app​ Maps.
  2. Tap your profile picture or initial Account Circle and then Location sharing and then More More.
  3. Tap Hidden from map and then More More and then Show on map.
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