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Google Maps "Share" link simplifier

The online "mobile" version of Google Maps has a "Share" function which gives long URIs (links) like:,+No.+1,+Section+1,+Taiwan+Boulevard,+Central+District,+Taichung+City,+400/@24.1372593,120.6866659,18z/data=!4m6!1m3!3m2!1s0x34693d1438fb3d3f:0xb7b4ebd02f1906b6!2sTaichung+Station,+No.+1,+Section+1,+Taiwan+Boulevard,+Central+District,+Taichung+City,+400!3m1!1s0x34693d1438fb3d3f:0xb7b4ebd02f1906b6

This tool is meant to turn such long URIs into shorter URIs containing only latitude and longitude, such as:,120.6866659

These shorter versions not only take less screen estate in instant-messaging software but also have greater compatibility with third-party applications (e.g. Android MAPS.ME version 8.4.9, which was the last version that allowed advertising to be switched off). Google Maps apps now have advanced options to download areas of your choosing for offline use, but non-Google maps might still be required for navigating in areas where OSM data is better than Google data, or when walking directions are required, or if the Google download failed for some reason (e.g. too much of mainland China within the selection square).

You can read this page's source to confirm it's not sending your link to any other server (although Google probably logged the location when you obtained it).

This explanation is hidden by default so that it doesn't get in the way when you use this tool on a mobile device.


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