To share your location on an Android phone or tablet, open the app and tap the menu button.
This safety measure could put worries at ease for users concerned why they haven't heard from a friend - possibly because their phone died - and now users can check. The battery level is displayed right next to where it shows how far away they are.
So when someone shares their location with you, that will appear on your map.
The feature was first spotted in February by tech website Android Police when it did a teardown of the Google Maps v9.71 beta. And now Google Maps will also show the battery life remaining in the device. What do you think of the new feature? One of our own writers at Digital Trends has been using the feature for a few months now, and a few Redditors mentioned that they've also had access to it for quite some time.
The location-sharing feature is entirely opt-in, with no data shared with friends until users go through several steps to set up the process. Krish Vitaldevara, Google Maps' Head of Product, said, "The goal is for drivers to read through the directions first to help memorise the path before they start navigating, especially since these countries tend to contain roads and alleyways without actual names". In terms of privacy, though, it doesn't look like there's a way to turn the feature on or off.