How to Share Your Location Via iMessage

When you share your location with iMessage, you can quickly tell a contact where you are so that you can find each other more easily. To share your location, you'll need to open the contact's information inside the message thread and select Send My Location. Here's everything you need to know to send and share your location over iMessage.

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Related: How to Share Directions in Apple & Google Maps

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How to Send your Location Via iMessage

  1. First, in your iMessage conversation with the person, tap the conversation header.
  2. Then tap Info.
  3. The Details menu will open, and from here you have two options.
  4. To just send your current location, select Send My Current Location.
  5. A map will appear in the iMessage conversation with your location.


     
  6. The other option, Share My Location, allows the person in the conversation to see your location in the Messages and Find My apps for a set period of time.
  7. Select Share My Location.
  8. Now, set the duration for one hour, until the end of the day, or indefinitely.


     
  9. Once shared, your friend or family member can get Apple Maps directions to your exact location.
  10. The person who you share your location with will be asked if they want to share their location too. This can make finding each other easier!

Be careful to only share your location with your friends and people you trust.

Also, remember if you share your location until the end of the day or indefinitely, your battery life will take a hit.

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Abbey Dufoe is a freelance writer and a web producer at a nonprofit based in Princeton, NJ. She's always itching for the newest iOS gadget (current favorite - the Apple Watch). She tweets and blogs about the earth and the Internet on Twitter at @abbeydufoe and at abbeydufoe.com.