With these smartphone/GPS devices in our pockets all the time, there are now many different ways to share your location. Apple has the “Find my friends” app, Facebook messenger (and many other texting apps) have a button to “Send Location.”
Maybe you’re a fulltime RVer with kids who worry about you a lot. Rather than calling or emailing them every day, you could let them see your position on a map that they could look at as often as they like.
You should still call once in a while, OK?
It’s easy to set this up, assuming your kids are in your contact list, and assuming that they have an @gmail.com address. Just open your Google Maps app and be sure you’re signed in, then follow the steps below. If they don’t have an @gmail.com address, then you can get a link to send them.
- Tap the 3-line Menu, then Location sharing.
Add people by tapping the icon of a person with a +.
- Choose how long you want to share your location. For your family, you may keep it on indefinitely with the option “Until you turn this off.”
- Tap Select People.
- If you’re asked about your contacts, give Google Maps access.
- Choose who you want to share with.
- Tap Share.
If you’re like me and my husband, we like to make it easy and just let each other know where we are at all times. It’s so easy with Google Maps. Jim and I share with each other indefinitely, but we could stop at any time. So when I’m going to that special place for his Christmas present and I don’t want him to know 🙂 I can just open Google Maps, tap the 3-line menu, choose Location sharing, tap Jim, and turn it off.
You can also use this when you are traveling to meet someone and you want to give them an ETA. Use Google Maps to navigate to your destination.
- After you start navigation, tap More > Share trip progress.
- Choose a person from the list.
- Tap Share.
- Location Sharing will stop when you reach your destination or stop navigating.
- To stop sharing before you arrive, tap More > Stop sharing.
This works on either Android or iPhone. You just need to use Google Maps and both you and the person you’re sharing with need a Google Account.
Chris Guld is President and Teacher-in-Chief at GeeksOnTour.com. She and her husband, Jim, produce a free weekly YouTube show called What Does This Button Do? They have been Fulltime RVers, popular seminar presenters at RV Rallies, and regular contributors to RVTravel.com, for many years.