Share your real-time location with others

You can choose who can find your location and for what length of time, with Google Location sharing.

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 with someone

  1. ​On your Android phone or tablet, 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. To share your location with someone:
    • If the other person has a Google Account:
      1. Make sure their Gmail address is part of your Google Contacts.
      2. Choose how long you want to share your location.
      3. Tap the profile of the person you want to share your location with. 
        • If asked about your contacts, give Google Maps permission.
      4. Tap Share.
    • If the other person doesn’t have a Google Account:
      1. Tap Copy to clipboard. A link to your location is copied.
      2. Paste the link into a message in your text, email, or other messaging app and send it to the person you want to share your location with.
        • People with this link can find your location for up to 72 hours or less if you choose.

Stop sharing your location with someone

  1. 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 navigation by car, walking, or bicycle, you can share your destination, estimated arrival time, and where you are on the route.

  1. 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.
  5. Location Sharing stops when you reach your destination or exit navigation.
    • To stop sharing before you arrive, tap More More and then Stop sharing.

Share your public transit info

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Maps app Maps.
  2. Choose the public transit route you want to take.
  3. After you start navigation, tap Share trip.
  4. Select the person you want to share with and then Share.

Tip: Maps stops sharing your location when you reach your destination.

Find someone’s location

Find someone on your map

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

  1. 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 get an updated location, tap your friend’s icon and then  More More and then Refresh.

If you have a Pixel phone, learn how to find someone with Live View.

Request someone’s location

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

  1. Open the Google Maps app Maps.
  2. Tap your profile picture or initial Account Circle and then Location sharing.
  3. Tap a contact who’s shared with you before.
  4. Tap Request and then  Request.

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

  • View your profile to verify who you are.
  • Share their location with you.
  • Ignore your request.
  • Block you. You can’t 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.
  1. 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 turn their location back on at any time.

Tip: To permanently block someone’s location, learn how to block another person’s account.

Turn on someone’s location you’ve hidden

If you previously hid someone’s location and want it to show up on your map again:

  1. 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.

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. Your location isn’t shared.
  • Block the requester: Tap Block. Your location isn’t shared and the requester can’t ask for your location anymore. When you block someone, it affects how they can contact you in other Google products. Learn more about blocking users.

Unblock someone

  1.  Tap your profile picture or initial Account Circle 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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