How to share location and directions with Google Maps

Google Maps makes it easy to share both your location and directions.

Google Maps recently added a new location-sharing feature to its app for iPhone and iPad. This is useful when you're trying to meet up with people, especially in large areas like parks or beaches. You can easily choose who you share with, how long you share, and how. The app also makes it easy to share directions to destinations, great for getting input on potential routes or for planning shared trips with other drivers.

Here's how you can share your locations and directions with Google Maps.

How to share your location directly with Google Maps

Google Maps offers a couple of different methods for sharing your location. The first is sharing directly in Google Maps itself with people on your Google Contacts list.

  1. Open Google Maps on your iPhone or iPad
  2. Tap the Menu button (looks like three stacked lines)
  3. Tap Share location.

    Open Google Maps, tap Menu, tap Share location

  4. Tap Get Started.

  5. Tap the + or - buttons to increase or decrease the amount of time your location is shared with people. Alternatively, tap Until you turn this off to deactivate location sharing manually.
  6. Tap Select People to share your location directly through Google Maps.

    Tap Get Started, tap + or -, tap Select People

  7. Tap the icons of the people that you want to share your location with.

  8. Tap Share.
  9. Tap Turn On.

    Select people, tap Share, tap Turn on

How to share your location in Google Maps with a link

Google Maps also allows you to share with people using a link that can be freely shared using Messages or a third-party app.

  1. Open Google Maps on your iPhone or iPad
  2. Tap the Menu button (looks like three stacked lines)
  3. Tap Share location.

    Open Google Maps, tap Menu, tap Share location

  4. Tap Get Started.

  5. Tap the + or - buttons to increase or decrease the amount of time your location is shared with people. Alternatively, tap Until you turn this off to deactivate location sharing manually.
  6. Tap Messages to share in a text message or iMessage, or tap More to share in a third-party app like Messenger or WhatsApp.

    Tap Get Started, tap + or -, tap Messages or More

  7. Choose who you want to send the link to in Messages or your third-party app.

  8. Tap the Send button in Messages or your app.

    Choose who to send it to, tap Send button

How to share directions in Google Maps

This is useful if you're planning a trip and need input on directions from others, or if you're planning a multi-vehicle excursion to a shared destination.

  1. Open Google Maps on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap the blue directions button in the lower-right side of the screen.
  3. Enter your starting point and destination.

    Open Google Maps, tap directions button, enter start and destination

  4. Tap the options button in the top-right corner of the screen (looks like three stacked dots).

  5. Tap Share Directions.
  6. Tap the app you want to use to share the directions (in this case, Messages).

    Tap Options, tap Share Directions, choose app

  7. Choose who you'll send your directions to.

  8. Tap the Send button in your app of choice.

    Choose who to send it to, tap Send button

Questions?

If you have any questions about sharing your location or sharing directions in Google Maps, kindly direct to the comments.