How to Get Location Alerts in Google Maps
Location sharing in Google Maps makes it easy to track people (with their permission). You can make it even easier by setting up alerts to be notified when someone leaves or arrives at a location.
Google added the ability to get location alerts for iPhone and Android in August 2022. Previously, the only way to see if someone had left or arrived was to check manually. Alerts make this much easier, especially for recurring situations.
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First, open the Google Maps app on your iPhone or Android device and tap on the profile icon in the search bar.
Select “Location Sharing” from the menu.
You will see the list of people who share their location with you at the bottom of the screen. Select the person you want to create alerts for.
Now tap on “Add” in the “Notifications” section.
The first step is to choose a location for the alert. Your two current locations will be the default options, but you can also “Add location”.
If you add a location, you can search for it or find it on the map. Once you have circled the location, tap “Add”.
Choose whether you want to be notified when they arrive, when they leave, or both.
Tap “Save” in the upper right corner to finish. You will be asked once again to confirm.
Google Maps will let the person know that you’ve set up a location alert for them.
This is what the notification looks like when they leave or arrive at the location.
That’s all we can say about it! Depending on the other person’s data connection, it may take a few minutes for the notification to appear. Location sharing is a nice feature to have, and alerts make it a little easier to use.
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