Rather than going through the trouble of asking someone’s location or having to explain your current location with your friends and families, there are a ton of Android apps you can turn to, to make this all easier. Different from apps used for stalking or spying, these apps work two-way, where location is shared by both parties, with an option of disabling the sharing when you choose.
The first two Android apps, allow you to have access to a friend’s location at anytime and offers two-way location tracking, so they are ideal if you are don’t want to keep asking where someone is. The last three however, only offer one-time location sharing, which easily allows you to send a map of your location to someone whenever they ask.
This is an obvious app option for sharing your location and it comes pre-installed on all Android devices. Google Maps allows you to share any location in a variety of ways. Launch the app and navigate to the specific location on the map you want shared, swipe up to access its menu and then choose “Share”.
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A popup should appear with various options to share the location, including email, and text message. Choose the one you wish to use.
If you are looking for a choice app that will continuously show you where exactly someone is, then Google+ is your best bet. For this location tracking feature to apply, both users need to have a Google+ account which should be easy considering the app comes pre-loaded on all Android devices. Note that this feature works two-way.
Here is how to enable it:
Open your Google+ app, hit the drop-down menu below the red action bar at the top of the page. Head down to select the Locations tab at the bottom left.
On the page that follows, tap three-dots menu icon placed at the top right corner, then move to the Location settings button. Next, check that the toggle is set to On, from there choose the people you’d like to share your present location with, by selecting the Pinpoint Location tab.
Request that the other person does the same on their device, then afterwards both of you will be able to see each other’s live locations from the Locations menu at any time you wish.
WhatsApp is one of the most popular messaging app across the globe, and aside from its messaging capabilities, it also provides one-time location sharing.
Sharing your location on the app is easy. Simply open the app and tap the contact or conversation you wish to send the location to. Hit the paperclip attachment icon next to the three-dots icon at the top corner of the screen then select Location. Choose either to send your current location or a nearby business. Your friend should receive the map with the directions to the location you selected.
Facebook Messenger works similar to the WhatsApp Messenger, only that it offers a different messaging service.
Open a message thread or conversation, select the ellipses tab right above the thumbs up button at the bottom right of the corner and then tap the Location bar at the top of the popup that appears. On the map page that follows, choose to either share your current location or a nearby business and the map with the directions to the location will be sent to your friend.
Hangouts is a unified messaging service from Google and is yet another great app to send your current location when you don’t have time to explain where you are.
Open a message conversation with the person who wants to know your location and tap the location icon placed at the bottom of the page. From there you’ll be prompted to Pick a place, then you can choose the address you want to share, your exact location or a nearby business. The person on the other end will see a mini version of of the map with directions to the location.
What is your favorite location sharing app? Let us know in the comments.
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