It’s time to release a new feature many of you have been longing for: GPS location sharing is finally available! If you are an Android phone user, add our new GPS location plugin and share your locations with anyone you want.
What is the feature for?
Have you ever been in the following situation? You want to meet friends in a public place, but you aren’t able to find each other? With the GPS location feature for mysms you can send your current location to anyone you like via a simple text message. The location is sent as a Google Maps link, so both mysms friends as well as non-mysms users are able to view your location.
How can I share my location?
The screencast explains how to set up the plugin:
- Please make sure you’re using the latest version of the Android phone app (v. 5.3.0)
- Click here to download the plugin or search for “mysms – GPS Location Sharing” in the Google Play Store
- Open the mysms app and start a new message
- Tap on the attachment icon and choose “Location”
- Now your current location should be shown
- Press on the checkmark to attach the location to your message
- There you go! Just press the send button to forward your location to your contact
Please note that it’s not possible to attach another file, when you want to share a location.
Sharing the location with mysms friends
For recipients who are using mysms on their Android phone, the location is shown as a thumbnail. Clicking on the thumbnail enlarges the view of the map. In all other mysms apps, the location is shown as a link. By selecting this link the location will either be shown in the Google Maps app or in the browser (depending on the device).
Sharing the location with non-mysms users
Your recipients do not necessarily need to use mysms to view your location. Non-mysms users receive a Google Maps links that opens the location either in the Google Maps app or the browser (depending on the device). However, on Android it is obligatory that the recipients have Google Maps installed on their device.
How is the location defined? Is it possible to refine the position?
If GPS is disabled in the Android settings, the location will only be obtained via WIFI. In case there is no internet connection available, the most recent location will be displayed. You can modify the location by relocating the snippet.
Is the feature available on all platforms?
Sharing a location is currently only possible by using our Android phone app. As soon as there is news regarding further implementations, we’ll let you know here or on our social media platforms.
We hope you’re as excited about this features as we are J If you have any questions regarding the GPS location sharing or mysms in general, we are here to help on our support forum.