Share your real-time location with others

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

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

If they have a Google Account

  1. If you haven't already, add their Gmail address to your Google Contacts.
  2. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Maps app Google Maps and sign in. Learn how to sign in.
  3. Tap 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.
    • If you’re asked about your contacts, give Google Maps access.
  6. Choose who you want to share with.
  7. Tap Share.

If they don't have a Google Account

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Maps app Google Maps and sign in. Learn how to sign in.
  2. Tap Menu Menu and then Location sharing and then Add People Add people.
  3. Tap More More and then Copy to clipboard. People with this link can see your location for as long as you choose, up to 72 hours.

Share using another app

You can also share through messaging apps. Tap More More and then select an app.

Stop sharing

  1. Open the Google Maps app Google Maps.
  2. Tap Menu Menu and then Location sharing.
  3. Next to the person with whom you want to stop sharing, tap Remove Remove.

Share your E.T.A

After you start your drive, you can share your destination, estimated arrival time, and where you are on the route.

  1. Open the Google Maps app Google Maps.
  2. Set a driving destination. Learn how to navigate to a place.
  3. After you start navigation, tap More Up arrow and then Share trip progress.
  4. Choose a person from the list.
  5. Tap Share.
  6. Location Sharing will stop when you reach your destination or stop navigating.
    • To stop sharing before you arrive, tap More Up arrow and then 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 phone or tablet, open the Google Maps app Google Maps.
  2. Tap Menu and then Location sharing.
  3. Tap a contact who’s shared with you before.
  4. Tap Request and then Request.

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

  • Look at your profile and verify who you are.
  • 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

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

  1. Open the Google Maps app Google Maps.
  2. Tap 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.

Hide someone's location

  1. Open the Google Maps app Google 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  and then Location sharing and then More More.
  2. Tap Hidden from map and then More More and then Show on map.

Deny or block a location request

If you don’t want to share your location with someone in Google Maps, you can:

  • Deny the request: Tap No. You won’t share where you are.
  • Block the requester: Tap Block. You won’t share where you are, and your friend can’t ask for your location anymore. Blocking someone affects how they can contact you in other Google products. Learn more about blocking users.

Stop blocking someone

  1. Tap Menu  and then Location sharing.
  2. At the top, tap More More  and then Blocked users.
  3. Next to the person you want to unblock, tap Remove Remove.
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