How to Find and Send Your Location with the Amazon Fire Phone Maps App

By Dan Gookin

By definition, when you’re lost, you don’t know where you are. Fret not! The Maps app on your Fire phone always knows where you are. Further, you can send that location to someone else. That way, you have an answer when they ask where you are.

Finding out where you are

The Maps app shows your location as a blue dot on the screen. But where is that? If you need to phone a tow truck, you can’t just say, “I’m the blue dot on the orange slab by the green thing.”

Well, you can say that, but it probably won’t do any good.

To find your current street address, or any street address, long-press a location on the Maps screen. A pin is dropped at that location. You also see a card appear at the bottom of the screen. The card gives your approximate address.

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If you touch the card, you see a screen with more details and additional information.

  • This trick works only when your phone has Internet access. When Internet access isn’t available, the Maps app is unable to communicate with the map servers.

  • To make the card go away, touch anywhere else on the map.

  • The time estimate under the Directions icon indicates how far away the address is from your current location.

Helping others find your location

You can use your Fire phone to send your current location to a friend. If your pal has a phone with smarts similar to those of your phone (rare but possible), he can use the coordinates to get directions to your location. Maybe he’ll even bring Hungarian food!

To send your current location to someone else, obey these steps:

  1. Long-press your current location on the map.

    To see your current location, touch the Location icon in the lower-right corner of the Maps app screen.

    After you long-press your location (or any location), a pin is dropped and you see a card displayed, showing the approximate address.

  2. Touch the card.

  3. Touch the Share icon.

  4. Choose the app to share the message, such as the Messaging app, Email, or whichever useful app is listed.

  5. Continue using the selected app to choose a recipient and otherwise complete the process of sending your location to that person.

As an example, you can send your location by using the Messaging app. The recipient can touch the link in the text message to open your location in his phone’s Maps app. When the location appears, the recipient can use that information to reach your location.