The Messages App offers several ways to easily share your location, (assuming “Location Services” is enabled in your iPhone settings.)

Send My Current Location

To provide a current location, use the Messages App which will send a location via messages to the desired recipient.   ** Teach your child how to use this feature should they ever get lost or find themselves in an unfamiliar location!**

  • Open a message thread to the person with whom you want to share your location (if you don’t have a thread with this person, start one by sending a message.)
  • Select the “i” in the upper right-hand corner, select “Send My Current Location”.  A “Current Location” map will be sent to the recipient.  The recipient can select the map, and Maps will open offering a more detailed map as well as directions.

          

Alternatively, use the Map App and select the “i” in the upper right hand corner , select “Mark My Location” and then “Share”.  The Map App will also provide latitude and longitude of your current location.

Share My Location

To provide constant up-to-date location with an individual  using “Find my Friends” either setup Family Sharing, “Add” them as a friend in “Find my Friends”, or “Share My Location” using the Messages App. Using the Messages App you may select to share your location for a specified amount of time, or indefinitely.   Only other “Find my Friends” users will be able to view the location once shared.

  • Open a message thread to the person with whom you want to share your location (if you don’t have a thread with this person, start one by sending a message.)
  • Select the “i” in the upper right-hand corner, select “Share My Location”, and select the desired duration.
  • Note:  If you “Share” and wish to end the sharing period, use the “Stop Sharing My Location” option.

     

Note:  If you are setting this up on your child’s phone to track its location, you may have reason to disable changes to this feature in “Restrictions–> Locations Services–>Don’t Allow Changes”.  (In the event if you have concerns about your child sharing their location with others or removing you from the list of those whom their location is shared ?.)

 


Peggy

My name is Peggy Flaxman, I founded Slice Tech Solutions in 2017 to provide technical support and training to indivduals, families and small businesses. I am a problem-solver by nature, and enjoy helping others understand and enjoy technology.

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