Probably everyone knows how to share geo-location. This skill can be useful in a variety of life situations – from finding the right place to tracking the movement of a loved one who needs to be monitored, for example, when taking a taxi in the middle of the night. Another thing is that sometimes it is quite difficult to determine the exact location of a particular object, since this place simply does not have an address. In such cases, users have to navigate only approximately or use latitude and longitude, which often turns out to be a quest to compare. Fortunately, Google has solved this problem.
Google Maps has a new feature that will make it easier to use
Google has released an update to Google Maps that adds support for Plus Code mode. It allows you to share geolocation, even if the address is missing or unknown, replacing it with a short combination of letters and numbers. This usually happens in villages or settlements, the infrastructure of which is not marked on the map, or in Asian countries, where often houses simply do not have numbers. Google does not reveal details about the mechanics of Plus Code mode, but most likely, it simply encrypts latitude and longitude, presenting it in a truncated form.
How to share an address on Google Maps
- Launch the Google Maps application on your smartphone;
- Find a point on the map indicating your location and click on it;
You can share the address even without the address itself
- In the window that opens at the top, click on 'Location [shortcode, city name]' to copy;
- Send this combination to your interlocutor through a messenger, social network or other means.
All that is required from the recipient to whom you pass this code is to insert it into the search bar in Google Maps. This can be done in the mobile application or in the web version of the service. A map will open in front of him with a dot indicating your current location. Despite the fact that Google Maps has the ability to set a 'pin' to a specific geographic point, using the Plus Code mechanism it is much more convenient to share your geolocation, because you don't have to calculate the exact location and place the pins yourself.
Geolocation to Android
Sharing your geolocation is not always convenient due to the lack of an address
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Perhaps some of you will remember that a similar system was in Google Maps before. In fact, it is. Google has been working for a long time to give visitors to Asian countries, where house numbers are less common than, say, in Europe, the ability – pardon the tautology – to share the missing address. True, then the innovation did not take off, since it was too difficult to implement. As a result, most users found it trite to put a pin on their location and share it with loved ones than to understand the Plus Code system. However, Google has fixed all the mistakes and made it easy and simple to share geolocation without an address.