How to share your GPS location from your Android smartphone

Did you know that you can send your exact GPS location, using the features that are built into your Android smartphone, in a MMS message, to any person you wish? Maybe you are stranded in some remote place and you need help. Maybe you need to share your location with a friend, so that he or she can put it into their navigation system, so that they can find you more easily. Whatever the reason you may have for sharing your location, here’s how to do it using the features that are built into your Android smartphone:

NOTE: This procedure was tested and it is guaranteed to work on Android 7 Nougat and Android 6 Marshmallow. The procedure is similar on all Android powered devices, so you should be set even if you're running a different version on Android on your device. Our guide was created using a Google Nexus 6P smartphone, with a clean distribution of Android 7 Nougat.

Step 1: Turn on location services on your Android smartphone

The first step is to make sure that the location service is activated on your Android smartphone. Flick downwards, from the top side of your smartphone, to open the list of quick settings that are available. Make sure that Location is activated. If it isn’t, tap on it to enable it.

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Step 2: Open the Messenger app

Then, start the Messenger app on your Android smartphone. You should find it in the Apps drawer or in one of the default shortcuts on the bottom of the Home screen.

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If you already have a conversation started with the person you want to contact, tap on it and go to the next step in this guide. If not, tap the “ New message” button shown as a + sign.

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If you tapped “New message , select the phone number that you want to send the message to, from the list that is shown.

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Step 3: Attach your location to the message

Now it is time to attach the location to your message. To do that, tap the Attachment symbol on the left side of the “Send message box.

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You can select from multiple types of attachments, including pictures, voice messages or your location. Tap the last symbol on the list, on the far right, suggesting your location.

If this is the first time you use this feature, Android will ask for your permission to allow Messenger to access your device’s location. Tap Allow.

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After a couple of seconds in which Android is updating your exact GPS location, a maps is shown with your location and your GPS coordinates. These coordinates can be used in any GPS navigation system, to find your location.

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If the detected location is correct, tap “Select this location .

Step 4: Send the message with your location

You can add a text message to your location, if you want to and then tap the Send button, highlighted below.

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You message is sent to the person that you selected, in the form of a MMS. The information it contains can then be used in any kind of GPS navigation system.

Conclusion

Now that you know how this feature works, you can use it in all kinds of s ituations, including when you are in some kind of danger and you need to be found by others. Try it out, see how it works and then let us know what you think, in the comments below.