Google Maps - Location Sharing not working correctly

posted Sep 6, 2017, 9:55 AM by Andrew Chadick
If you share your location, and have a phone that is configured to receive other people's location, but it says that it can't connect to the internet, with an option of Retry as your only action, you are not alone.  There are many blog posts out there that indicate that this problem is wide spread.  However, there is a weird workaround.  

Open the app, click the 3 lines in the upper left corner, then click Location Sharing.

You will see your contacts at the bottom of the screen with "ongoing" as the time limit.  But at the top, their avatar/icons will be greyed out, and if you click on one of them, a message will pop up with your contact "isn't sharing with you".

Click Back, then go back to Location Sharing.  This time, click the name of the person down at the bottom, where it says their name and "ongoing".  It will still prompt you that the person isn't sharing with you.  But notice the 3 dots to the right of the contact name?  Touch that.  Then select Contact info.  The contact will open, but, from this location, you have more information available to you than at the normal contact location.  Scroll down.  Look for "Current Location". Touch the map that is displayed.  This is a work around, but it does work.

Hopefully this has helped you, and maybe Google will get this figured out sooner than later.
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