How to share your location between an iPhone and Android phone by using Google Maps

Getty ImagesTo share your location between an iPhone and Android device, use Google Maps.
  • You can share your location between an iPhone and Android device by using Google Maps’ “Share your location” feature.
  • Google Maps lets you send your exact location in a text message, which can be sent between iPhones and Android devices with no issue.
  • When you share your location, you can choose how long you’d like the location link to be active.
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The lack of compatibility between iPhones and Android phones can often be annoying. And if you want to share your location across devices, you might think it’s too complex – but there’s a quick way to do it.

Fortunately, Google Maps allows you to bridge the divide from iPhone to Android. All you have to do is share your location by sending a link through text message.

Here’s how to do it.

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How to share location between an iPhone and Android phone

1. Download Google Maps from the App Store if you don’t have the app downloaded on your iPhone already.

2. Open Google Maps, and enable location services by selecting “Allow While Using App” if you’re prompted.

Emma Witman/Business InsiderAllow Google Maps to access your location while using the app.

3. Tap the blue arrow in the bottom right corner to see your current location in the app.

Emma Witman/Business InsiderPress the arrow to see your location in Google Maps.

4. Tap your blue location dot to pull up more options.

5. Select “Share your location.”

6. You can choose a period of time to share your location, or “Until you turn this off.” For the purposes of sharing your location easily with a contact, choose a period of time.

Emma Witman/Business InsiderSelect how long you’d like someone to see your location.

7. Tap the Message icon and type in your Android contact to share your location with them.

Emma Witman/Business InsiderShare your location through a text message to an Android phone.

8. Hit send as is, or modify the message. Just be sure to leave the Google Maps custom-created link intact.

You can also share your location from an Android phone to an iPhone, as the steps within the Android Google Maps app are the same. You’ll also send a link via text message.

Emma Witman/Business InsiderThe process for sharing your location from an Android to an iPhone user is essentially the same.
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