Google Maps location sharing now reveals battery life

Avatar By Le Williams | 2 years ago

Google has announced adding a supportive feature for its Google Maps users that includes the battery level (of the user’s phone) in the set of information that they share.

Now, when someone shares their location with another individual, the Maps app will not only reveal the user’s location and travel time, but additionally display their phone’s battery status.

As a result, the recipient of shared information will be alerted that the user’s phone battery is close to being depleted and stop updating their location.

Similarly, they will have the ability to infer why the user’s phone is no longer reachable.

“When you share your location with someone in the Google Maps app, it shows up on your friend’s map, which they can use to locate exactly where you are. With the new update of battery inclusion, it has become easy to tell why someone hasn’t called to tell you if they’re lost or finally made it to their destination,” The Verge reported late on Thursday.

The feature has a big potential when it comes to the safety of users. “You’ll be able to keep a watchful eye on how much battery life they have left. Now, there won’t be as much cause for worry if someone’s location drops off because you’ll be able to know if it could just be because their phone died,” the report added.

The feature was first spotted in February by tech website Android Police when it did a teardown of the Google Maps v9.71 beta.