How to Share Your Location on Android

Master location sharing on Android with these easy steps. Enhance safety and coordination with real-time sharing.

By Abhishek Chandel
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How to Share Your Location on Android

How to Share Your Location on Android

Location sharing is a useful feature available on Android devices that allows you to let your friends, family, and contacts view your real-time location. Whether you want to share your location for safety purposes on a night out or help someone navigate to your location, Android makes it easy to enable location sharing. In this guide, We'll walk through the step-by-step process for sharing your location from any Android device.

Steps to Share Your Location on Android

1. Open the Google Maps app on your Android device. Tap on your profile icon in the top right corner of the screen to open the side menu.

2. In the side menu, look for and tap on the "Location Sharing" option. This will take you to the location-sharing screen.

3. On the location sharing screen, tap on the prominent blue "Share Location" button at the top.

4. On the next screen, select how long you want to share your real-time location. You can choose from preset timeframes ranging from 15 minutes up to 24 hours by tapping on them. Or tap on the "Until you turn this off" option at the bottom to indefinitely share your location until you manually stop it.

5. Scroll down the apps list and tap on the "Copy to clipboard" option at the bottom. This will generate a shareable link to your real-time location.

6. Tap on the Share button next to the link to open the sharing menu. Google Maps will ask for permission to access and share your location - allow all of them.

7. You will return to the location-sharing screen. Your real-time location is now being shared via the link. The link can be pasted anywhere to allow someone to view your live location on a map. To stop sharing your location, tap on the "Stop" button at the bottom right corner of the screen. You can also change the sharing duration or copy the link again if needed. The link will continue to work for the duration you set.

Additional Tips on Sharing Location on Android

  • Be selective about who you share your location with. Only share with trusted contacts. Avoid sharing your location with strangers.

  • Turn off location services when not needed to protect privacy.

  • If location sharing isn't working, check app permissions in settings. Make sure location access is allowed.

  • Make sure your device has an active internet or data connection for real-time sharing.

  • Location sharing can drain the battery quicker - consider charging the device when sharing for longer periods.


Location sharing on Android devices provides an easy way to let trusted contacts view your real-time location on a map for enhanced safety and coordination. With just a few taps in Google Maps, you can generate a shareable link to your location that will work for a set duration. As outlined in this guide, enabling location sharing is simple on any Android device - just be sure to use discretion when sharing your location and turn the setting off when finished. Properly utilized, Android's built-in location sharing can give you and your loved ones peace of mind.

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