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How to share location in iMessage using Google Maps on iPhone

Sharing your live location on iMessage helps you to inform your friends and family about your whereabouts. However, it uses Apple Maps by default.

So, if you want to share your location with non-Apple friends, Google Maps is your go-to choice. Here, I’ll show you how to share your location in iMessage using Google Maps on your iPhone.

Requirements to share location via Google Maps in iMessage on iPhone

Before you share your location in iMessage with Google Maps, you’ll need to download Google Maps from the App Store. Then, tweak a few settings to set up the process. Let’s start:

Add Google Maps to iMessage

  1. Open Settings Navigate to Messages.
  2. Select iMessage Apps → Toggle on Google Maps.


Enabling location services for Google Maps

Once you enable Google Maps in iMessage, you must grant location access to the app on your iPhone. Follow the instructions below to enable location services for Google Maps:

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
  2. Navigate to Privacy & Security → Location Services.

    Location Services under Privacy and Security Settings
  3. Select Google Maps from the list → Choose Always.

    enable location service for google maps

Doing this will allow Google Maps to update your location information in the background without needing you to open the app. Moreover, you may enable the Precise Location toggle to send your accurate location. Once you’re ready with everything, you can quickly share your current location on iMessage using Google Maps.

How to share current location in iMessage using Google Maps on iPhone

  1. Open the Messages app → Select the chat where you want to share your location.
  2. Tap the plus (+) icon beside the text box → Select MoreGoogle Maps.

    Selecting Google Maps from iMessage apps in a conversation
  3. Select Send your current location.
  4. Tap the Send button to send your location.

    Sending your current location in iMessage with Google Maps

How to share live location in iMessage using Google Maps on iPhone

If you want to let others know your every-minute details, sharing your live location on iMessage is perfect. If you don’t know how, follow these simple instructions:

  1. Open the Messages app → Tap the plus (+) button next to the message box.
  2. Select More → Google Maps.

    Select Google Maps from Messages applications
  3. Choose the Share your real-time location for 1 hour option.
  4. Tap the send button once the map loads in the message box.

    Send your real time location for 1 hour option in Messages app through Google Maps
  5. Now, open Google Maps.

    Swipe up from bottom and open Google Maps on your iPhone
  6. Wait for 10-15 seconds until your location loads.
  7. Open the Messages app again.
    The map will start sharing your location, and you can see the Stop button.

    Swipe up from Google Maps and go back to Messages app

You can also change the duration of the live location if you want. Follow these steps if you don’t know how to do so:

  1. Tap the live location message in the Messages app.
    A Google Maps pop-up will appear.
  2. Now, open the Google Maps app.
  3. Tap the duration under the “People with this link can see your location” text.
  4. Adjust the duration using the plus (+) or minus (-) buttons.
  5. Tap Save to make the changes.

    Changing the duration of live location sharing in Google Maps

Wait for the map to refresh in the iMessage conversation, and the duration of your live location will update as you set previously.


Can I share my current location in Messages through the Google Maps app?

Yes, you can share your location in Google Maps on your iPhone. To send it, open Google Maps → tap blue dotShare locationMore options → choose Messages → select the contactSend.

Wrapping up…

Google Maps is an excellent alternative to Apple Maps on iPhones since it offers several unique features. I hope you learned how to send your location in iMessage with Google Maps.

If you’ve got any further suggestions or queries regarding this guide, please leave them in the comments below.

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  • Sajid

    Sajid Shaik is a tech enthusiast who explains complex concepts in a clear and concise way. For the past 7 years, he has been a regular contributor to tech blogs and publications, including MakeUseOf and iGeeksBlog. Sajid also has extensive knowledge of the Apple ecosystem, which he shares with his readers through his words. He has created a wide range of content, such as How-Tos, Reviews, Listicles, and much more. Aside from that, Sajid has a degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering, which gives him an advantage in better understanding technology at hardware level. Apart from writing, you can find him fiddling with Apple products or keeping up with all things Apple.

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