For those with poor navigation skills or if you’re in a new city, online maps are a godsend. Just ask the person to send in their GPS location and you can meet them right there. No need to waste time explaining the address.
However, this is a two-way street. If you or your friends don’t know how to send GPS location, it won’t work. So if someone asks you to send GPS coordinates and you don’t know how to do it, this guide will be helpful.
How does it work?
When you’re sending someone your location, you’re actually sending them your GPS coordinates, which are a combination of two numeric values called latitude and longitude. It looks something like this – 37.263056°, -115.79302°. Now, with this latitude and longitude, you can easily pinpoint anyone’s location with an accuracy of up to 3 meters.
Does GPS need an internet connection to work?
The answer is both yes and no.
When you turn GPS ON on your device, it connects directly to the satellite. This system does not require any internet or mobile network. However, this handshake between your device and the satellite takes time (such as a few minutes). So, to speed up the process, most devices use A-GPS (GPS supported), which requires an internet connection.
Simply put, you can send your GPS location without the Internet (via SMS) and you can also navigate without the Internet if you have saved the map offline or even if you have it in its cache. However, when you are traveling to a new city (i.e. a map you have not saved or opened), it will take a long time for the GPS to fetch the map and in that case, you will need the Internet to use gps Navigation.
So now that we know the basics, let’s see how to send your GPS location on every popular app like Facebook, WhatsApp, iMessage, etc.
1. Share your location on WhatsApp
WhatsApp is a popular IM service, especially in South Asia. So if both you and your partner have it installed, then you should use it.
- Open WhatsApp on your smartphone
- Go to the chat where you want to send your location
- Next, click on the attachment option on the top right (looks like a paperclip icon), klik Location
- Tap on Send your current location and that’s it.
If you are an iPhone user, you need to enable location first from the settings. To do this
- go to Settings
- Location Services
Whatsapp also allows you to share live locations, which can be shared for up to 8 hours continuously. You’ll need to take the action again if you want to share your live location for many more hours. Live location continuously updates in real-time so someone can navigate to your location even while you are on the go.
2. Share location on Facebook Messenger
Since Facebook made it mandatory to have a messenger if you want to reply to your messages on your phone, chances are most people already have Facebook Messenger installed.
- Open the Facebook Messenger app and go to the conversation with the person you want to send your GPS location
- Tap on the three horizontal dots icon
Just above the text field > Location > Turn On GPS > Current Location > Send.
3. Share location on Google Hangout
Even though the numbers are smaller, still not everyone uses Facebook or WhatsApp, but if they have an Android smartphone, chances are they already have a Hangout app available.
Unlike others, Hangout is very smart. If someone sends you a message like ‘ where are you ‘, it will automatically bring up a pop-up asking if you share your location. However, you can always do it the usual WA
- Open the Hangout app
- Tap the little GPS located below the input field
- Send this address.
4. Share location with Google Maps
Using Google maps to share current locations is really easy compared to other apps. For the sole reason that you are inside the map itself, it becomes much easier to navigate. However, you should use it if you want to share a location where you are not currently available. Like, you want to share your home address, while you’re sitting at your office. So here’s how you do it.
To share your current location, open the app and click the navigation icon. It will refresh and reset the pin to your current location. Simply tap the blue dot representing your location and a menu will pop up from the bottom of the screen. The first option on the pop-up menu should be ‘share your location.
To share a location that you are not currently available:
- open Google Maps (it works for both the app and desktop versions)
- And search for the landmark or place you want to share.
- Zoom in or scroll a bit until you find the exact spot you want to share
- Next, long-press the location (single click if you or the desktop)
- To drop the Pin > tap the little banner at the bottom to expand the banner
You can now send this information using an app like email or IM, whatever is convenient for you. Watch our video on Helpful Google Maps Tricks, for a better understanding.
5. Share location via SMS on Android
If the recipient does not have an active internet connection at this time. You can then still use your GPS coordinates with SMS, and users can still navigate to your place, as long as they have the map saved offline or have it cached.
- Open the default SMS on Android
- Enter the sender’s name
- Tap the attachment icon to the left of the input box
- Make sure GPS is ON
- Tap Last Location
- Send current location.
6. Location Sharing with Google Messages LLC
Google’s native Messages app lets you send your location securely. This method is quite similar to the SMS app on Android. Messages by Google is also known for the web version but there is no location sharing option in the web version. So here’s how it works.
- Open a chat or create a new message and tap the ‘+’ icon on the left.
- Icons or settings may change in upcoming updates but the basic idea is to hit the share button.
- You should be able to see the location-sharing option.
- Depending on your Android version or user interface, the location of the location tab may vary. But the menu remains the same.
7. Share location on iPhone with iMessage
iMessages are often confusing for two reasons – one, it works because the recipient needs macOS or an iPhone OR an iPad to use iMessage, and two, it works over both internet gateways and SMS, whichever is reliable. more reliable.
Now you can only share location using iMessage on iPhone and iPad, there is no option to do this on Mac. But recipients can receive messages on all three devices. So here’s how it works.
- Open the iMessage app
- Select the name of the contract to which you want to send your location.
If you’ve never texted them before, you need to know their email address (used for Apple ID) or the phone number they signed up with for iMessage.
- Next, tap on the Map icon that shows up in the share menu just above the keyboard.
It will search for your location on the Map and you can directly tap the submit button to share your current location with your contact. Similar sharing can also be done using Google Maps. Just tap the Google Maps icon instead of the native Maps app.
Send GPS location to contacts
These are just some of the simple ways you can send someone to your current location. This feature is most useful when someone wants to navigate to your location. Fixed location sharing is an important thing nowadays to keep in mind the safety of our friends and family. And when it comes to kids, some parental control apps can prove very useful, too.