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How to share location on Google Maps

How to share location on Google Maps
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Knowing how to share location on Google Maps can be seriously useful for gathering friends or arranging a meeting. You can even share locations that aren’t marked on the map, so it’s handy for meeting up if you’re in a park or out in the countryside.

In this guide, we’ll show you how to share Google Maps locations on Android, iOS, PC and Mac, so you can start using this convenient feature on any platform.

Location sharing in Google Maps is built-in, so you don’t need any extra apps to create a shareable link — though on mobile devices, you will be asked if you want to share using a particular app, such as Gmail or WhatsApp.

When your recipient receives your link, all they need to do is open it. This will open Google Maps on their own device, showing them the location you’ve marked. They then have the option of getting directions to it, searching for other points of interest near it, and so on.

How to share location on Google Maps on Android

1. In the Google Maps app, tap a location or tap and hold anywhere to create a marker pin. Tap the location name or address at the bottom of the screen.

How to share a Google Maps location on Android step 1: Tap location, then tap location name or address

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2. Tap “Share place.”

How to share a Google Maps location on Android step 2: Tap Share Place

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3. Tap the recipient or app that you want to share the location through. This will open up the corresponding messaging or email app with a link to the location on Google Maps already pasted in — all you need to do is hit send.

How to share a Google Maps location on Android step 3: Select recipient, or choose a messaging app

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How to share location on Google Maps on iOS

1. In the Google Maps app, tap a location or tap and hold anywhere to create a marker pin. Tap the location name or address at the bottom of the screen.

How to share a Google Maps location on iOS step 1: Select location and tap location name or address

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2. Tap “Share.”

How to share a Google Maps location on iOS step 2: Tap Share

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3. Select an app to send the location link through, or tap “Copy” to copy the link to your clipboard for you to paste anywhere.

How to share a Google Maps location on iOS step 3: Select an app for sharing through, or copy to clipboard

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How to share location on Google Maps on PC and Mac

1. Click on or search for a location. Then, in the top-left corner (next to the search bar), click the Menu button — it’s three horizontal lines.

How to share a Google Maps location on PC/Mac step 1: Click location then click Menu button

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2. Click “Share or embed map.”

How to share a Google Maps location on PC/Mac step2: Click Share or Embed Map

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3. Click “Copy link” to copy the location link to your clipboard. You can now paste this in an email, message or other sharing app of your choice.

How to share a Google Maps location on PC/Mac step 3: Click Copy Link and paste in email or messaging service of your choice

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If you’d like to see more Google Maps tips and tricks, we’ve also prepared guides on how to download offline Google Maps and how to measure distance with Google Maps. We’ve also got plenty of guides on using Google’s other services, like how to use Google Photos; we can also show you how to disable Gmail's smart features and prevent tracking.

James Archer

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