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Jim Rossman: Giving mom some peace of mind

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Most of the time I use this column to answer a question or expand on a topic brought up by a reader or co-worker, but this week I found a tip I want to share.

My parents live in Katy, Texas, and when we drive down to visit, my mom likes to know when we’ll be arriving.

We usually call to tell her when we are leaving, but sometimes we make a few stops, and I suppose she worries.

In the past, I’ve found some apps that can share your location on a map. You can invite people to see where you are in real time.

I have an app on my phone called Wave that I used for this purpose, but to share your location, the people you’re sharing with need the app and an account.

This week I ran across an article about sharing your location from the Google Maps app on your phone.

 

This is a new feature, so you’ll probably need to update your Google Maps to get it.

Just go to Google Maps, enter your destination on the map and click the button for directions and then click Start to begin the navigation.

At the bottom of the screen, you’ll see a small box with your estimated time of arrival. Touch that box to bring up options.

One of the options you’ll see is Share Trip Progress.

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