Google Real Time Location sharing feature: Start using it directly from Google Maps, here is how in brief | How-to

Google Real Time Location sharing feature: Start using it directly from Google Maps, here is how in brief

Google Real Time Location sharing feature: Whether you're coordinating meetups, ensuring the safety of loved ones, or simply sharing your whereabouts, Google’s Real Time Location sharing feature will get you through everything and is linked directly via Google Maps.

By: HT TECH
| Updated on: Jan 01 2024, 14:34 IST
Use Google Maps offline! Know what you need to do
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1/6 When you have to travel to a new place or any place where you have never been before, or want to know the directions of any area, building, among others, the most common app that you can rely on for the same is Google Maps. Google Maps is one of the most prominent and widely used applications for locating and reaching places you want to visit or are travelling to. (Reuters)
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2/6 However, you will need an internet connection to run the same. But as per the information provided by Google's support page, if you are travelling by a car you can use Google Maps offline too for reliable navigation and safety features when your car has a poor internet connection. (Pixabay)
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3/6 Google Maps offline can be automatically downloaded and updated based on your current location and travel patterns. It can be noted that it is only for Google Maps built into your car. Feature availability or functionality may depend on your car manufacturer or region and data plan. Also, this feature is not available in all languages and countries/regions. You will be notified if you are outside the area covered by your Google Maps offline. (Google Maps Twitter)
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4/6 Google Maps provides data via Vehicle Map Service (VMS) to support safety-related driver assistance features in cars, like road sign integration and adaptive cruise control. These safety features rely on offline map data. To ensure that map data is always available, turn on “auto-download” in the Privacy Center. (REUTERS)
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5/6 In order to turn on auto-download in the Privacy Center open the Google Maps app. At the bottom, tap Settings then click on Privacy Center and then Offline maps. Select Auto-download offline maps. You need to make sure you have an internet connection and wait for your offline map download to finish. It can be known that if you turn off auto-download, already downloaded maps will remain saved, but no new maps will be automatically downloaded. (Unsplash)
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6/6 Now in order to manage offline maps, on your car, under "Offline maps," your offline maps will show: Auto-downloaded maps based on your car’s movements, if you have turned on auto-download before. (Google)
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To use Google’s Real Time Location sharing feature please ensure that you are signed in to your Google account. (AP)

Google Real Time Location sharing feature: In an era of constant connectivity, sharing your real-time location with friends and family has become a seamless experience. Various messaging apps like WhatsApp and iMessage had this feature for quite a long time. And now, Google has also introduced the Location Sharing feature. Whether you're coordinating meetups, ensuring the safety of loved ones, or simply sharing your whereabouts, this feature will guide you through everything. Notably, it is happening via Google Maps. From setting up your preferences to checking your trip progress, check out how to use this amazing feature:

How to Set up Google Real Time Location Sharing:

1. Access Google Maps:

Open the Google Maps app on your Android phone or tablet and ensure you are signed in to your Google account.

2. Navigate to your profile: Tap on your profile picture or initial displayed in the app. This will open a menu where you can find the 'Location Sharing' option.

3. Initiate a New Share: Select the 'Location Sharing' option and tap on 'New Share.'

4. Choose Duration: Decide how long you want to share your location. Google provides flexibility in setting the duration according to your preferences.

5. Select Contacts: Tap the profile of the person you want to share your location with. If prompted for contact access, grant permission to Google Maps.

6. Confirm your selection and tap 'Share.' Your location is now shared with the chosen individual for the specified duration.

Adjusting Sharing Duration:

- Open Google Maps, tap your profile, and go to 'Location Sharing.' Toggle the time selector to 'Until you turn this off.'

Sharing with Non-Google Account Users:

- If sharing with someone without a Google Account, create a sharing link. Open Google Maps, tap 'Location Sharing,' generate a link, and share it via email, text, or other messaging apps.

Managing Parental Controls:

- For users managed by a parent or guardian, Location Sharing can be controlled using the Family Link App.

Sharing Trip Progress:

Follow the steps below to check your trip progress.

1. Set a Destination: Open Google Maps, set your destination, and start navigation.

2. Initiate Trip Sharing: During navigation, tap 'More' and select 'Share trip progress.'

3. Choose Contacts: Tap the profile of the person you want to share your trip progress with and confirm by tapping 'Share.'

4. Stop Sharing After Arrival: Once you reach your destination or stop navigation, the location sharing automatically ceases. If you want to stop sharing before arriving, tap 'More' and then 'Stop sharing.'

Google Real-Time Location Sharing offers a versatile and user-friendly way to keep your loved ones informed about your real-time whereabouts. Stay connected and share your journey effortlessly with Google Location Sharing.

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First Published Date: 01 Jan, 14:34 IST
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