How to Share Location on iPhone

On your iPhone, you can easily share your location with anyone using the Find My app. There are other methods as well which we will discuss in this guide. To use these methods, you must first turn on the Share My Location on your phone. Let’s dive right in to see how you can do that. The steps in this article were taken on iOS 15.3.1.

Turn on “Share My Location”

Turning on Share My Location in your privacy settings is necessary to be able to share your location with someone on your iPhone. It gives your iPhone permission to use this feature.

  1. Open to the Settings app.

    Home Screen on the iPhone
    Go to Settings.
  2. Scroll down and tap on Privacy.

    Settings App on the iPhone
    Tap Privacy.
  3. In the Privacy section, tap on Location Services.

    Location Services in the Privacy Section
    Tap Location Services.
  4. Make sure Location Services is enabled.

    Location Services in the iPhone
    Enable Location Services.
  5. Tap Share My Location to go to the “Find My” section.

    Share My Location Option in Location Services
    Tap Share My Location.
  6. In the “Find My” section, enable Share My Location.

    The Option to Enable Share My Location on iPhone
    Enable Share My Location.

Now that you’ve turned on the Share My Location feature, you’re ready to share your location with your friends and family.

Share your location using the Find My app

The Find My app allows you to share your location with a contact for a set period of time. This app comes built-in with your iPhone.

  1. Open your phone’s search bar by swiping from the top, and search for the “Find My” app.

    The Search Bar on the iPhone
    Pull down the search bar and look for the Find My app.
  2. In the app, tap People.

    Find My App on the iPhone
    Go to People.
  3. Tap Start Sharing Location.

    People Section in the Find My App
    Tap Start Sharing Location.
  4. A window will pop up where you can enter the name or phone number of the person you want to share your location with. Once you’ve selected the contact, tap Send.

    List of Contacts in the Find My App
    Tap Send.
  5. The app will ask you to choose how long you would like to share your location. Select your preferred option and you’re done.

    More Options for Sharing Your Location on the Find My App
    Select how long you want to share your location with someone.

Share your location using the Messages app

  1. Open the “Messages” app.

    Messages App on the iPhone
    Open Messages.
  2. Open any conversation and tap the name of the person at the top.

    Conversation Thread in the Messages App
    Tap the name of the contact.
  3. Tap Send My Current Location to instantly share your current location on the map or Share My Location and select a duration for sharing your location.

    Options for Sharing Your Location in the Messages App on the iPhone
    Tap Send My Current Location or Share My Location.

Share your location using the Contacts App

  1. Tap Contacts.

    Home Screen on the iPhone
    Tap Contacts.
  2. Tap a contact you want to share your location with.

    Contacts App on the iPhone
    Look for the contact you want to share your location with.
  3. Scroll down and tap Share My Location.

    Contacts Menu in the iPhone
    Tap Share My Location.
  4. Choose how long you want the contact to be able to see your location.

    Share My Location in the Contacts App
    Select how long you want your location to be visible.

Share your location using Google Maps

  1. Open the “Google Maps” app.

    Home Screen on the iPhone
    Tap Google Maps.
  2. Tap the blue icon on the map and a list of options will appear on the screen.

    Blue Icon in Google Maps
    Tap the blue icon.
  3. Tap Share Your Location.

    Location Sharing Options in Google Maps
    Tap Share Your Location.
  4. Select the length of time you want your location to be visible for and then tap the people you want to share your location with.

    Google Maps Share My Location Options
    Select the duration and the people you want to share your location with.
  5. Once you’ve selected the people you want to share your location with, tap Share.

    Share Your Location with Google Maps on the iPhone
    Tap Share.

Share Your location using Apple Maps

  1. Open the Maps app.

    Search Bar on the iPhone
    Tap Maps.
  2. Tap the blue icon on the map to get more details about your location.

    Blue Icon in Maps
    Tap the blue icon.
  3. Under “My Location”, select Share.

    Maps Share My Location Options
    Tap Share.
  4. You can either choose the contact you want to share your location with or select the app through which you want to send your location to someone.

    Share Your Location with Maps on the iPhone
    Choose the person you want to share your location with

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