How annoying is it when you and your friend are trying to meet up but you don’t know the address? A recent study found that 84% of smartphone owners now have access to a GPS chip, which can locate them within just a few yards. With this in mind, you can tell your friend exactly where you are, without knowing the details of the location. That is, you can share your precise location on your iPhone for a fixed period of time with just a few simple taps.
Privacy is always important, but it’s especially so when it comes to location. Your phone doesn’t broadcast your location all the time. Instead, you need to choose specific people to share your location with.
The latest iOS update includes the ability to send your current location to people. You can do this in Messages, Contacts, Google Maps, and Apple Maps. And depending on the app, you can send the location just once or for a specified period of time. For example, if you’re going on a trip and want someone to find you, you can send your precise location for a period of time.
How to Enable Location Services on iPhone
Turning on location services is the most important thing to do before sharing your location with anyone.
Step 1. Launch the Settings app.
Step 2. Scroll down and tap Privacy.
Step 3. Select Location Services on the Privacy screen.
Step 4. Then tap the Location Services slider button to enable Location Services. Make sure that the button turns green.
Step 5. To share your location for a period of time with someone, tap the Share My Location button and make sure it is on by sliding the button all the way to the right.
How to Share Your Location on iPhone
1. Use the Messages App
Messages app is a great way of staying in touch with friends, family, and coworkers. When messaging, you can share your current location. This can be useful when meeting someone in person and need to get them where you are.
Step 1. To send your location to someone, open a conversation with them.
Step 2. Tap the icon of the person you’re chatting with on the top of the screen.
Step 3. Tap the small info icon that appears.
Step 4. Choose your preferred location sharing options:
- Tap the Send My Current Location button if you want to send your current location.
- Tap Share My Location if you want to share your location for a period of time and limit its visibility. You can choose the visibility duration accordingly: for an hour, for the day, or forever.
Step 5. Finally, tap Done.
2. Use the Contacts App
If you’re not already messaging with a contact, this is an excellent way to share your location on your iPhone.
Step 1. Open the Contacts app.
Step 2. Find the person you wish to share your location with, then tap their name.
Step 3. Scroll down to the bottom of the page, and tap Share My Location.
Step 4. Select the time period for which you want your location to be visible.
3. Use the Google Maps App
If you’re looking up directions on Google Maps, you can share your location right from there.
Step 1. Open the Google Maps app.
Step 2. To find your location on the map, tap the blue dot that appears on the screen. If you don’t see a blue dot, tap the arrow in the lower right corner of the screen until your location is in the middle of the map.
Step 3. In the pop-up menu, tap Share your location. This way, the other person will know where to meet you.
Step 4. Decide how long you want to share your location. You can share it for as long as three days, or simply tap Until I turn this off.
Step 5. Tap on the names of your contacts to share with them. You can also tap More Options to pick from other apps as well.
4. Use the Apple Maps App
Apple Maps also gives you the ability to share your location, but it’s a little different from Google Maps. The days of watchful waiting are over. You can share your location with friends so they can follow your progress on the journey.
Step 1. Open the Apple Maps app.
Step 2. Tap on the blue dot that represents your current location on the screen. If you don’t see it, tap the arrow in the upper right to center your location.
Step 3. Tap the Share My Location button on the pop-up menu.
Step 4. There are a variety of ways to send your location to someone. Choose from Messages, Mail, AirDrop, and a few other options. If you don’t see the option you want, click the More button for more sharing options.
5. Use the Find My App to Share Your Location on iPhone
Find My is a helpful app that will help you find your misplaced iPhone and other iOS and Apple devices by using location services. It also locates other Apple users who have shared their location with you.
Step 1. Open the Find My app.
Step 2. Select the People tab at the bottom-left corner of the screen.
Step 3. Tap the Start Sharing Location button.
Step 4. Enter the phone number or contact name you would like to share your location with.
Step 5. Hit the Send button on the top-right corner. This will tell the recipient where you are.
Step 6. You can choose to notify them for One Hour, Until End of Day, or Share Indefinitely.
When you send your location to your friend, they will be able to share their location back with you. To stop sharing your location, tap the People tab on the Find My app and choose Stop Sharing My Location.
Hopefully, with these steps, you’ll be able to share your location with friends or family on your iPhone. Also, if you’re curious, here’s How to Share Your Wi-Fi Password without manual password entry. As a bonus, here’ How to use AirDrop to share and receive photos, documents, and more between iPhones, iPads, and Macs.