Share your real-time location with others

You can choose who can see where you are and for how long. 

If they have 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. Learn how to sign in.
  3. Tap the Menu Menu and then Location sharing and then Add People Add people.
  4. Choose how long you want to share your location.
  5. Tap Select People.
  6. If you’re asked about your contacts, give Google Maps access.
  7. Choose a person.
  8. Tap Share. The person you chose will see that you shared your location with them.

Note: The first time you share your location, you’ll be asked to turn on Location History. Learn about Location History.

If they don'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. Learn how to sign in.
  2. Tap the Menu Menu and then Location sharing and then Add People Add people.
  3. Tap Message to send via iMessage, or More More and then select a different app. People with this link will see your real-time location for as long as you choose, up to 72 hours.

Share your E.T.A.

After you start navigating by car, foot, or bicycle, you can share your destination, estimated arrival time, and where you are on the route. The person you share this information with can see your location until you arrive.

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Google Maps app Maps.
  2. Set a driving destination. Learn how to navigate to a place.
  3. Once you have your directions, tap More More and then Share trip progress.
  4. Choose a person from the list.
  5. You’ll stop sharing your location when you reach your destination or stop navigating.
  • To stop sharing before you arrive, tap More More and then Stop sharing.

Stop sharing

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Google Maps app Maps.
  2. Tap the Menu Menu and then Location sharing.
  3. Turn off the switch next to the person with whom you want to stop sharing.

See where someone is

Ask for someone’s location

If you’ve shared your location with someone, or they’ve shared with you in the past, you can ask to see where they are using Maps. 

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Google Maps app Maps.
  2. Tap Menu Menu and then Location sharing.
  3. Tap a contact who’s shared with you before.
  4. Tap Request

Your contact will see a notification after you ask for their location. When they see it, they can:

  • Share their location with you.
  • Ignore your request.
  • Block you. You won’t be able to ask for their location anymore.

See someone's location

If someone shares their location with you, you can see them on the map.

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Google Maps app​ Maps.
  2. Tap Menu Menu and then Location sharing.
  3. Choose someone.
    • To see an updated location, tap on a friend’s icon and then More More and then Refresh.

Stop seeing someone's location

  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. To temporarily hide someone, tap Hide from map. You can stop hiding them at any time.

Note: You can stop someone’s location from ever appearing on your map. Learn how to block another person’s account.

Stop hiding someone

  1. Tap Menu Menu and then Location sharing and then More More.
  2. Tap Hidden from map and then More More and then Show on map.
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