How to Share Your Location from Your Apple Watch

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Can you share location on Apple Watch without your iPhone? Yes! Your watch knows your location whether you have GPS and Cellular, or just GPS services, and with the Find People app that comes installed on your watch, you can send your location directly from your wrist. Below, we'll show you how to share location from Apple Watch instead of iPhone.

Why You'll Love This Tip:

  • Share your location from your wrist without having to pull out your iPhone.
  • See who has access to your location from the Find People app.

How to Share Apple Watch Location

System Requirements

This tip works on Apple Watches running watchOS 9 or later. Find out how to update to the latest version of watchOS.

If you have an Apple Watch, it automatically includes GPS services, which means you can share location details from your watch without having to use your iPhone. If your watch also includes cellular services (Apple Watch GPS+Cellular), you can use this tip whether you have your iPhone with you or not! Need to share a computer with a family member or coworker in addition to sharing location? We have an article that covers how to add another user to your Mac because sharing is important. Also, be sure to check out our article on how to turn off low power mode on Apple Watch. If you'd like even more hidden Apple Watch tricks and advice, check out our free Tip of the Day newsletter. Now, here's how to share your location from your Apple Watch instead of your phone:

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  1. Open the Find People app on your Apple Watch.

    apple watch app list with a red box around find people app
  2. Tap Share My Location.

    Tap on Share Location
  3. Select from the three icons to either dictate a name (microphone icon), select a name from your contacts list (contacts icon), or manually enter a phone number (keypad icon).

    Select the method by which you will choose a contact
  4. Select a contact.

    Select the contact you want to share your location with
  5. Choose a length of time to share your location for.

    apple watch find people app with a red box around share for one hour button
  6. When the contact receives your location, they'll show up in your Find People home screen.

    apple watch find people app with a red box around a contact named lindsay who can see the location of the user
  7. After tapping the contact name, you'll see the remaining timeframe during which they can see your location.

    apple watch find people app displaying contact details with a red box around a timer that reads 59m remaining

And that's how to share your watch location! Sharing your location from your Apple Watch is simple and comes in very handy when you want to meet up with a friend, or just let someone know where you are. I've used it a few times when I was out walking and didn't want to have to deal with my iPhone while also holding onto my dog's leash, and it was quick and simple. Next, find out how to send your location on iPhone.

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Author Details

Erin MacPherson

Erin is a Web Editor for iPhone Life and has been a writer, editor, and researcher for many years. She has a degree in communication with an emphasis on psychology and communication, and has spent many of her professional years as a coach in various business and specialty fields. Erin officially joined the ranks of iPhone and Apple users everywhere around nine years ago, and has since enjoyed the unique and customized feel of Apple technology and its many gadgets. When she’s not working, Erin and her son enjoy outdoor adventures, camping, and spending time with their eclectic collection of pets.