Knowing how to share location on Android can be extremely useful. Maybe you\u2019re stranded somewhere and need a friend to pick you up. Or perhaps you\u2019re organizing a party or a family gathering and want to make sure people know where to meet up. Whenever I need to send my location or share a location on Android, I turn to the built-in tools. And the great thing is that Google Maps lets you send your whereabouts using any messaging app, whether it\u2019s WhatsApp, Skype, or the default Messages. Read this guide to learn how to share location on Android smartphones and tablets, including Samsung Galaxy devices:\r\n\r\n\r\nHow to share your location on Android\r\nThe first step to send your location is to ensure the location service is activated on your Android smartphone or tablet. You can do this easily from its Quick Settings. The instructions are similar on stock Android and Samsung Galaxy, and only the icons differ a bit.\r\n\r\nSwipe down from the top of the Android Home screen. This opens the compact view of the Quick Settings. If you can see the Location icon, make sure it\u2019s activated, as seen below on stock Android.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nActivate Location on stock Android\r\n\r\nYou might not see the Location setting right away. In that case, swipe down again to expand the list of Quick Settings, as we did on our Samsung Galaxy smartphone, and activate Location by tapping on it.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nActivate Location on Samsung Galaxy\r\n\r\nTIP: If you can\u2019t find the Location setting, you can customize the Android Quick Settings menu to include it. Furthermore, you can even move the option to access it more easily.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nNext, open the Google Maps app on your Android device by tapping on it.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nTap to open Google Maps\r\n\r\nOn our Samsung Galaxy smartphone, the Maps app was located by default inside the Google folder seen below.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nFind Maps inside the Google folder on Samsung Galaxy\r\n\r\nIf this is your first time using Google Maps, the app opens to a map of your part of the world. In the bottom-right corner of the screen, you can see an icon that looks like a question mark inside crosshairs. Tap on it.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nTap on the icon showing a question mark inside crosshairs\r\n\r\nNext, confirm allowing Maps to access the device\u2019s location.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nAllow Maps to access your Android\\'s location\r\n\r\nYour location should then be shown on the map as a blue dot.\r\n\r\nNOTE: If this does not happen right away, close the app and relaunch it. You can even try restarting your device.\r\n\r\nYou can use the crosshair icon (the question mark is gone) to zoom in on your location, but it\u2019s faster to just tap on the blue dot on the map.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nTap on the blue dot to share your location\r\n\r\nThis brings up a panel with your approximate location. You can choose to Calibrate if you want more accuracy. When you are done, tap on Share location.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nSharing location on Android\r\n\r\nNext, decide how long you want to share your real-time location from the dropdown menu at the top of the \u201cShare your real-time location\u201d panel. You can choose a recipient or an app, like Messages, WhatsApp, Messenger, Telegram or Skype.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nNOTE: If your contact is not connected to a Google account, but you have their number saved on Android, you get the option to send them a link with your location via SMS.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nSet how long to share your location\r\n\r\nYou can even choose more contacts and then use the Share button at the bottom of the screen, as seen below.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nShare your location with more contacts\r\n\r\nThat was it! Your location is available for the contacts you chose for the duration you selected.\r\nHow to stop sharing your location on Android\r\nWhen you want to stop sharing your location, open the Google Maps app, and tap on your initial in the top-right corner.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nTap on your initial in Google Maps\r\n\r\nNext, access Location sharing.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nTap on Location sharing\r\n\r\nThis shows the contacts that can see your location at the bottom of the screen. Tap on a contact to see more details and options.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nTap on a contact to stop sharing your location\r\n\r\nNext, press Stop, and that contact can no longer see your live location.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nTap Stop to prevent a contact from seeing your location\r\nHow to share a location on Android\r\nTo share a meeting spot, open Google Maps and find the location you want to send on the map. You can use the Search here field at the top or browse the map to find what you\u2019re looking for.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nInsert an address or use the map to find the location you want to share\r\n\r\nIf you\u2019re using the map, tap-and-hold on the location you want to share. This drops a pin in that spot while also opening a panel at the bottom of the screen. Tap on Share.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nWhen the location is pinned, tap on Share\r\n\r\nOn the next screen, you can choose to send this location to your contacts or use an app to share it.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nChoose how to share the pinned location\r\n\r\nThat was it. If you want to share the location with one of your contacts, you can also include a message before pressing Send.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nHow to send a location on Android\r\nWho did you share your location with?\r\nWe recommend only sharing your location with contacts you trust. It\u2019s also best to only let others see your whereabouts for limited periods, in case you forget to stop location sharing. Before you close this guide, let us know whom you shared your location with. Or perhaps you only sent a meeting place? Let us know in the comments.