Google Maps Is Now Going To Allow Users To Share Their Location With A Few People For A Selected Time Interval

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Mar 22, 2017
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Google Maps is bringing out a new feature that will allow users to have a little more control over their privacy. This new feature will let Android and iOS users to share their real-time location with friends and family in a controlled manner. What does this mean? Well it simply means that once this feature is rolled out you will be able to choose who you want to share your location with and for how long. The interval can vary from 15 minutes to 3 days.

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Maps will share a link using your preferred messaging app to a map. Using this map your chosen recipient can monitor your progression. This could be for any purpose, your mom keeping an eye on you, your boss ensuring that you make it to an important meeting on time and it can be used especially for those friends who always say that they are on their way while still being in bed. You can share your location with anyone on Android, iPhone and mobile/ desktop browsers.

An added feature is that you will be able to stop the real-time location sharing at any moment, even before the timer expires. An icon, above the compass on your screen will remind you that who has access to your location. This sharing can also be done from the turn-by-turn navigation screen. If you use the feature this way, then sharing will end automatically when you reach your desired destination. Google-owned Waze app already has similar features. Google’s new Trusted Contacts app also allows real-time location sharing. However, in Google Maps other than the real-time location sharing, limiting the time this location is shared is an added feature.

In the past few weeks Google has been working on improving Google Maps a lot. A lot of functions have been added like useful parking spot reminders and sharing favorite local spots with friends. Google is working hard to add more and more functions and we cannot deny that it is working hard to make its competitors like Apple Maps uneasy.

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