iPhone: How To Open WhatsApp’s Shared Locations In Google Maps

One of my favourite WhatsApp features is the ability to share your location, telling a friend where you are has never been easier. Once the location has been received you can simply jump into the maps app by clicking on the location so received, and get directions. This worked very well before iOS 6, and Apple’s infamous Maps app came along. As things stand, while there is a Google Maps app for the iPhone, but clicking on the view location in WhatsApp only lets you navigate using Apple Maps – which is pretty much pointless.

Fortunately there is a workaround and you can indeed use Google Maps in conduction with WhatsApp. Once you have received the location simply long-press and choose copy.

iPhone: How To Open WhatsApp's Shared Locations In Google Maps iPhone: How To Open WhatsApp's Shared Locations In Google Maps

Now open Google Maps and paste the location you’ve copied into the search bar, in the end will be the exact latitude and longitude. Leave that and delete all the other text in the link. Now simply hit search.

iPhone: How To Open WhatsApp's Shared Locations In Google Maps iPhone: How To Open WhatsApp's Shared Locations In Google Maps

Voila the location will pop-up and now you can use Google Maps to navigate to the destination. In the future I’m hoping WhatsApp will make utilising Google Maps over Apple Maps seamless, till then there’s this workaround.