How to Track Your Loved Ones

Google Maps

NOTE:  This was a feature of Google+, but they decided to move the functionality to Google Maps instead.  The article has been rewritten accordingly.

Ok, so the title sounds a little creepy.  It is.  However, there are times when you actually agree to let someone else track your movements.  For example, you're going on a blind date and want a close friend to know where you are.  Maybe you're going on a long drive, and you want your spouse to know where you are in case you break down.

There are a number of third-party apps out there that do this kind of thing with varying degrees of simplicity and usefulness.  Your Android phone likely has the tools you need built right in.

Begin by opening Google Maps.

  • In the search box at the top, tap on the bars to open the menu.
  • In the list of functions, tap on the one labeled Location Sharing.

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  • You now see a map, and your own location is there.  If not, you might be prompted to turn on Location Services.  This is essential for the function to work.
  • Tap on the icon that has the + and a little blue person in the upper right corner..

Add person with whom to share.

  • You are now shown a dialogue, similar to the one below, that allows you set the parameters for sharing your location with someone.

Share dialogue.

  • Determine how long you wish to share for, selecting "Until you turn this off" to keep it for an undetermined period.
  • Select the individuals or groups with whom you will share your location from your contact list..
  • They will be notified and your icon will appear on their Google Maps app.