How to Share Your Location on iPhone or iPad

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From group texts to chat apps to multi-person phone calls, the iPhone and iPad make getting together with your friends and family super easy. And there's no need for confusion about where you are or where to meet. Don't just tell them where you are, send them your exact location as determined by your phone's GPS. That way, they can get turn-by-turn directions right to you.

There are a number of different apps on the iPhone or iPad you can use to share your location. This article shows you how to do that in some of the most popular apps. The steps in this article work for iOS 10 and iOS 11.

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Share Your Location Using Family Sharing

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Location Sharing is built into the Family Sharing feature of the iOS, the operating system that runs the iPhone and iPad. You'll need Location Services turned on and Family Sharing set up, but if you've got that done, follow these steps: 

  1. Tap Settings.
  2. Tap your name (in earlier versions of the iOS, skip this step).
  3. Tap Family Sharing or iCloud (both options work, but may differ based on your iOS version).
  4. Tap Share My Location or Location Sharing (which you see depends on whether you chose Family Sharing or iCloud in step 3).
  5. Move the Share My Location slider to on/green.
  6. Choose the family member you want to share your location with. (To stop location sharing, move the slider back to off/white.)
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Share Your Location Using the Messages App

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Messages, the texting app built into the iOS, lets you share your location, too. This makes it easy to send a simple "meet me here" message for a meet up.

  1. Tap Messages.
  2. Tap the conversation with the person who you want to share your location with.
  3. Tap the i icon in the top right corner.
  4. Tap either Send My Current Location or Share My Location.
  5. If you tap Send My Current Location, tap Accept in the pop-up window.
  6. If you tap Share My Location, choose the duration for sharing your location in the pop-up menu: One Hour, Until End of Day, or Indefinitely.
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Share Your Location Using the Apple Maps App

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The Maps app that comes with the iPhone and iPad lets you share your location. This makes it easy to get turn-by-turn directions.

  1. Tap Maps.
  2. Tap the current location arrow in the top right corner to make sure your location is precise.
  3. Tap the blue dot that represents your location.
  4. In the window that pops up, tap Share My Location.
  5. In the sharing sheet that pops up, select the way that you'd like to share your location (Messages, Mail, etc.).
  6. Include the recipient or address information needed to share your location.
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Share Your Location Using Facebook Messenger

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Lots of third-party apps support location sharing, too. Tons of people have Facebook Messenger on their phones and use it to coordinate getting together. Just follow these steps:

  1. Tap Facebook Messenger to open it.
  2. Tap the conversation with the person who you want to share your location with.
  3. Tap the + icon on the left.
  4. Tap Location.
  5. Tap Share Live Location for 60 Minutes.
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Share Your Location Using Google Maps

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Sharing your location is an option even if you prefer Google Maps over Apple Maps by following these instructions:

  1. Tap Google Maps to open It.
  2. Tap the three-line menu icon in the top left corner.
  3. Tap Location Sharing.
  4. Control how long to share your location by tapping the + and - icons until you've set the time you want or Until you turn this off to share indefinitely.
  5. Choose how to share your location: 
    1. Select People to share with your contacts.
    2. Tap Message to share via text message.
    3. Choose More to enable other options.
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Share Your Location Using WhatsApp

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WhatsApp, another chat app used by people worldwide​, lets you share your location using these steps:

  1. Tap WhatsApp to open it.
  2. Tap the conversation with the person who you want to share your location with.
  3. Tap the + icon next to the message field.
  4. Tap Location.
  5. You now have two options:
    1. Tap Share Live Location to share your location as you move.
    2. Tap Send Your Current Location to share only your present location, which won't update if you move.