Send my Google Maps location to another iPhone???

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by sirkako, Mar 4, 2008.

  1. sirkako macrumors newbie

    Jun 25, 2007
    The other day I was on a difficult city spot and my wife was going to pick me up, but I coudn't make her understand my directions (ever had that happen?!?!). So I tought, why not SEND her MY location to her iPhone?

    So I went into Google Maps on my iPhone, searched and found MY location, dropped a pin on it, Bookmarked it and... NOTHING!

    There I had it. A perfect way to "tell" my wife my exact location so she could find me fast, but I had no way of "sending" her that information. No option what-so-ever! I mean, come on! Am I missing something or is there just no function to send a google location by mail / sms / anything! Isn't it just a Lat-Long coordenate? It's a bookmark, for crying out loud!

    So... does anyone have an alternative to this. How do I send MY LOCATION (a google maps bookmark) from my iphone to another iPhone?

  2. salimdao macrumors member


    Sep 27, 2007
    Anaheim, CA
    Heres a workaround I just tried.

    activate locateme.
    switch to directions mode.
    set a destination to your house or someplace that you know the address to.
    when it creates the routes for you, switch to list view.
    the green drop pin is your current approximate location.

    it may be inaccurate, but its the next best thing.
  3. Carnivor macrumors regular


    Feb 24, 2008
    i agree it would be very handy to send the wife a "pin", i mean a google maps pin, nothing dangerous, if only it had the share option like the youtube app so you could email them to other iphone users.
  4. G4R2 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 29, 2006
    There is an alternative to Googlemaps for sharing your approximate location through the iPhone. Helio users have been using Buddy Beacon to do this and it is now available on the iPhone:

    It seems to track your location as you refresh the webpage and shares that location with others on your list. I haven't tried this service so I can't vouch for its accuracy but am posting the link here for those who might find it useful.
  5. Carnivor macrumors regular


    Feb 24, 2008
    i kinda like that, but i couldnt be bothered with updating it manually all the time, and it would be a very selective few that could see my location all the time, if you could set a autoupdate every 15/30/60 mins or something and some sort of buddy list type thing it could well work.
  6. sirkako thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 25, 2007
    I've been writing about this in another forum and I think the "better" alternative would be to code up some sw that would dig into the bookmark.plist at </var/mobile/Maps/Bookmarks.plist> for the coordinates and have a "send via sms / email" button in the bookmark screen.

    I took a look at this file an noticed the Lat/Long is included, so it should be fairly simple to extract them from there and make "an interactive link" (meaning: clickable), so the location would open in the

    Here's from my post in "the other forum":


    Have you guys seen:

    It uses this code (javascript):

    javascript:d=window.getSelection()+'';d=(d.length= =0)?'null':d;d.replace(%22%3Cbr%20/%3E%22,%20%22%20%22);void(''+escape(d),'_blank','')%20);

    to create this "interactive link":,-74.044633

    which WILL open in as the right location (he above is for Statue of Liberty). All I did was select the coordinates from google maps on the web. I highlighted:


    and voila!


    Maybe someone can modify the above and code it for iphone? I guess using the script to "google code" the corresponding coordinates from the bookmark.plist file properly and the replacing the e-mail server from the php form in for our own e-mail? Does this make any sense??

    Looking good!!!!

  7. LastZion macrumors 6502a

    Apr 13, 2006
    wow, love it, looks like a great idea! Hope someone can sort it out.
  8. NSHiPhone macrumors newbie

    Jan 17, 2009
  9. tjcampbell macrumors 6502a


    Aug 14, 2006
    I do this all the time!

    Simply take a screenshot on the iPhone and then email it.

    Works awesome!
  10. sirkako thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 25, 2007
    Hehehehe... I guess you read "that other forum" too... :rolleyes:

    Here's a copy of my reply on the other site for those that don't come from there...

    Actually, there's a...  better? way of doing this since the 2.2 update. 
    When you click the arrow of the dropped pin flag on the maps screen, 
    there's a "Share Location" button at the bottom of the screen 
    that will create an active map URL, built right into the maps app. 
    I guess someone at apple is listening!   ;-)
  11. robanga macrumors 68000


    Aug 25, 2007
    There is a nice little app in the store called "Over here" that does just this.
  12. SheepNutz macrumors 6502a

    Jul 1, 2007
    Or you can just drop a pin, then go to details and click on "share location" to email someone your coordinates. It's built right into the 2.2 software.
  13. Acronym macrumors 68000

    Apr 26, 2008
    dang beat me to it

    +1 for best and easiest answer
  14. Funk-O-Meter macrumors newbie

    May 19, 2010
    Brilliant! Just found this trick. The method is slightly less then obvious and for some reason the marker it sent was a couple houses down from me but that's close enough.

    Great feature.
  15. HeidiZ macrumors newbie

    Jun 9, 2010
    sending your location

    There is an application you can download called zhiing. You can get it on the app store. It allows you to send your location to a phone number or an email address. So if you send a zhiing to your wife she will receive an SMS message saying she has received a zhiing. She then downloads the app directly from the SMS text link and then she will be able to see your location on Google maps. And not only will she be able to see your location, but she will be able to see directions for how to get to you, all using Google maps. I hope this works for you!
  16. jent macrumors 6502a


    Mar 31, 2010
  17. William Gates macrumors 6502

    William Gates

    Oct 26, 2007
    this thread is over two year old. functionality wasn't available at the time.
  18. hiyel macrumors newbie

    Jul 25, 2005
    As sirkako and SheepNutz explained, built-in maps app does the job very good.
    It doesn't make any sense to use third party apps for this purpose.
    Just a heads-up, though; you have to have an email already setup in the mail app for the "share location" button appear in the maps app.
  19. alan138 macrumors newbie

    Sep 24, 2010
    There is an app called GPSMS:

    If you're sending to someone who also has the app, it doesn't use an SMS or MMS. It just uses a tiny amount of your data allowance.

    If you're sending to someone who doesn't have the app it'll ask you what you want to do and you can send either an SMS or an Email.

    You'll get push notifications for new GPSMS messages and can get directions from where you are to any of the locations in your inbox.

    When you receive a message it looks like this:

  20. mrlignus macrumors newbie

    Oct 2, 2010
    GPS TO SMS is your friend

    Check out the iPhone App


    It can send email and SMS with your current location.
    It contains a link that opens the Maps App on the receivers iPhone.

    Its free so its worth a try.
    The advantage over similiar apps is that it also works without internet connection (SMS only)

  21. janbenes macrumors newbie

    Oct 24, 2010
    Use PartyMe

    Get PartyMe application for that. You can organize party, invite attendees to your place, can see status whether or not they are coming and more. No registration required, you just get text with URL that you copy over into SMS.

  22. jokerz126 macrumors regular


    Oct 26, 2010
    one step further..send directions to someone?!, beyond just sending your location to someone...what if you want to SMS or email a friend directions to get somewhere while you are both on the road driving in separate vehicles...and your friend doesnt have Google maps or GPS??

  23. bender o macrumors 6502

    bender o

    Mar 14, 2009
    Just download GPS Me from the AppStore it lets you send by Mail twitter Facebook or SMS your location :)
  24. jokerz126 macrumors regular


    Oct 26, 2010

    that seems like a cool app (GPSME), but is there an app which would let me send the turn-by-turn directions to someone via email or sms to show them how to get to a particular place?

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