Find Your Friends Instantly with Google Contacts’ Live Location Feature

Google has just made it easier than ever to keep track of your friends and family by integrating real-time location data from Google Maps into the Google Contacts app. This new feature allows users to view the live location of contacts who have shared their location with them in Google Maps, directly from the Contacts app.

Previously, users had to share their location via Google Maps, but now, with this new integration, users can access real-time location data straight from the Google Contacts app. This feature is available on version 4.22.37.586680692 of the Google Contacts app and is expected to be included in Android 14.

In the Contacts app, users will be able to see information about their own location sharing status, as well as the location status of their contacts. If a contact is sharing their location, a small Google Maps block will appear in their contact card, displaying their current location and updating in real-time.

To make use of this new feature, the contact’s Google account email must be saved in their contact card, and it must be the same account they use for Google Maps. This is how the Contacts app pulls the location data.

This new integration is a great addition to the Google Contacts app, but users should keep in mind that this feature may not be available on all Android devices. However, the app can be downloaded from the Google Play Store if it is not already installed.

It is also hoped that this feature will make its way to the Google Messages app in the future, allowing users to view contact cards and location information in the messaging app. This would bring Google Messages on par with iMessage in this area, as Google strives to show that the two services are equal.

If you don’t see the location sharing feature in Google Contacts yet, keep an eye out for an update, as it appears to be rolling out gradually. With this new integration, keeping track of your loved ones has never been easier.

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