Being able to share addresses from Google Maps to IM apps is practically indispensable these days. While WhatsApp includes this option by default, it still only lets you share your current location or a nearby place of interest, not any far-flung location on the map. To do that you have to go into your map app and share it from there. Here we explain how to do it.
How to share your current or a nearby location
If you need to send a link to your current location, the process is quite simple. In the case of WhatsApp, you can drop down the share button inside the conversation (the paperclip icon in the upper right part of the screen) and select the Location option.
When you go to the location section it will ask you to activate the GPS geolocation system on your device. That done, a map should appear with your location as well as nearby places of interest. If you click on one of them you’ll send a location card to your conversation showing the address in question.
How to share any location
In this case, you have to use your device’s map app and from there send a link to the conversation in question. In the case of Google Maps, once the app starts you’ll have to search for the destination, either by typing it into the search bar or marking it with your finger right on the map by swiping upwards on the lower tab where the address appears. There you’ll see the share button where you can send the location to a WhatsApp conversation or any other service installed on your device, including your email client or a note-taking app.
Unlike the process above, besides being able to send any address, in this case you’ll be sending a URL that can be opened from either the map app on a smartphone or a desktop web browser.
Share maps from your PC
The two previous steps are focused exclusively on Android devices, although from desktop computers the process is practically the same. Accessing the web version of Google Maps and doing the search in question will generate a URL that you can extract from the address bar and paste wherever you need it (into the web version of WhatsApp, for instance).