Sharing your location

About Location Sharing

Google+ allows you to share your current location with the people and circles you choose across Google products such as Google+ and Google Now. Once you've enabled Location Sharing, Google shares your best available location.

You can share your pinpoint or city-level location with others, and you can do so on a circle-by-circle basis. For example: You can share your pinpoint location with family and your city-level location with your colleagues. You can also change who can see your location or completely turn off Location Sharing at any time.

To use Location Sharing, you need to:

  1. Turn Location Reporting on from a compatible device [Android] [iOS]. 
  2. Enable Location Sharing and choose who can see your location. 

Turning on Location Reporting alone will not automatically share your location; both of these steps need to be taken for Location Sharing to work.

Managing Location Sharing

Turning Location Sharing on or off on Android

  1. Open the Google+ application.
  2. From Home, touch Menu > Settings.
  3. Touch the account for which you'd like to turn Location Sharing on or off.
  4. Select Location sharing.
  5. Touch the switch next to Location Sharing to turn it On or Off. Turning off Location Sharing turns off sharing for both your pinpoint location and city-level location.
  6. To share your precise location, touch Choose people to share with on the "Pinpoint Location" card.
  7. To share your current city location, touch Choose people to share with on the "City Location" card.
  8. Select OK.

If you don't edit your "Pinpoint Location" or "City Location" sharing settings, by default, your location is shared with "Only you".

Turning Location Sharing on or off on iOS

  1. Open the Google+ application.
  2. From Home, touch the  menu icon and the  settings icon.
  3. Select Location sharing.
    1. Touch the switch next to Location Sharing to turn it On or Off. Turning off Location Sharing turns off sharing for both your pinpoint location and city-level location.
    2. To share your precise location, touch Choose people to share with on the "Pinpoint Location" card. Click Edit to add or remove names.
    3. To share your current city location, touch Choose people to share with on the "City Location" card. Click Edit to add or remove names.
    4. Select OK.

If you don't edit your "Pinpoint Location" or "City Location" sharing settings, by default, your location is shared with "Only you".

Turning Location Sharing on or off on desktop

  1. Sign in to Google+ and click the   home icon.
  2. From the drop-down menu, click the  settings icon.
  3. Scroll down to the "Location Settings" section.
  4. Tick the box next to Enable Location Sharing to start sharing your location. You can untick the box to turn off location sharing, which turns off sharing for both your pinpoint location and city-level location.
  5. To select who you share your precise location with, use the drop-down menu next to Who can see your Pinpoint location.
  6. To select who you share your city location with, use the drop-down menu next to Who can see your City location.

If you don't edit your "Pinpoint Location" or "City Location" sharing settings, by default, your location is shared with "Only you".

Where does my location appear?

People you choose to share location information with will be able to see your current location on Google products. For example, on your Google+ profile, it's displayed below your name and profile photo on Desktop, Android and iOS devices. On Android and iOS, they'll be able to see your location on a map in the Locations destination in the Google+ app.

I've done everything above and I still can't see my current location on my profile

Please check the following and make sure that:

  1. Location Sharing is turned on for your account. See the instructions above to turn on Location Sharing from a desktop or an Android device.
  2. If you have multiple Google accounts, ensure that Location Reporting and Location Sharing have been enabled for the same account.