A simple Google hack could save your life – and it only takes seconds

TECH can be a great force for good, especially when it comes to real-world security.

Google has built a very useful tool into its Maps app that can be especially useful when a loved one is driving home alone at night.

Google Maps has some very useful tracking features that are worth checking out

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Google Maps has some very useful tracking features that are worth checking outPhoto credit: Getty

However, it can be used anytime you want to be sure someone can get from A to B with ease.

The best thing is that you can do this on both Android and iPhone devices.

If you want to try something, follow the instructions below.

How to share your live location on Google Maps

In order to track someone’s location, they must first share it with you.

So you need to open Google Maps and tap on their profile photo in the top right corner.

Select from the menu share location.

Next, tap the share location and you will be prompted to select a contact.

There is also a drop down box to set how long you want to allow tracking.

How to track someone’s live location on Google Maps

If you share your location with someone, they should receive an email letting them know.

It contains a link that takes them straight to Google Maps where they can see the person’s location.

How to get notifications for someone’s live location on Google Maps

If you want to add notifications when the person you are following has reached a certain point, you can do that.

Just tap their picture on Google Maps.

Select from the field that appears Add to Button.

Here you can type + Add location and enter the address at which you would like to be informed that you have been reached.

The Google Maps zoom trick

While on Google Maps, there are other useful tricks you should know.

For example, did you know you can zoom with one hand from a mobile device?

Just open the Google Maps app, then double-tap the map screen with one finger.

Drag vertically without taking your finger off the screen.

When you do that, a zoom slider effect comes into play.

Moving your finger up zooms in on the map, and moving your finger down zooms out on the map.

This method not only offers greater range than pinching, but is often more accurate.

It’s also important to note that the zoom effect occurs from the center of the screen and not where your finger tapped.

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