Let your family or friends know your location on the go

Let your family and friends know your location on the go


Long ago, the days of large paper maps are well and truly over. Smartphones have the ability to survey the entire planet with downloaded or online maps. 

Getting around without getting lost has never been easier. But it can be difficult to communicate your exact location to friends and family who are trying to find you.

iPhone users can share their current location using the home apps Messages, Maps and Find My, as well as Google Maps. While Apple makes it easy to share locations with other iPhone users, there are also several ways to send your location to someone using an Android device.

Let's start with the Messages app, open a conversation and type the recipient's name or icon at the very top, from there you will easily find in the next window the Send my current location function. A map tile of your location will be inserted for that person in your conversation.

If the latter uses an iPhone, an information screen opens with the option to get directions with Maps&nbsp ;from Apple. With an Android device, a link will provide it with the same location information, but in a browser.

If you want to share your location for a longer period:

  • Tap on your recipient's name or picture in your Messages conversation. Tap Share My Location. Choose between Share for an hour, Share until the end of the day, or Share forever (which stays active until you turn off sharing). They'll get a notification that you're sharing your location with them, and you'll be added to their Find My app.

Keep in mind this only works with other Google users. iPhone.

Another quick tip is to type in the Messages app “my address is” to send the recipient the address of your card in Contacts without typing it in full.

The Locate application (Find me)

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Similar to finding your devices, the Find My app helps determine the location of other iPhone users. Do the following:

  • Tap on the Find My app from your home screen. Tap People in the bottom left, then tap Start sharing location. A list of names will appear if this is the case. Tap the names to add them.
  • Tap the + symbol at the top of the contact list to add people. Once people are added, tap Send in the top right.
  • Note that only your contacts with an iPhone or email address will appear.
  • Choose to share your location for an hour, all day, or indefinitely. When you share your location with someone, that person has the option to share their location as well.

You will receive a pop-up indicating that you have started sharing your location and your recipient will receive a notification that you've shared your location with them and your information will appear in their Find My app.

Satellite Location Sharing

Owners of iPhone 14 or iPhone 14 Pro with iOS 16.1 or later have the option to share their location via satellite outside of areas with no mobile and Wi-Fi coverage. You can share your location via satellite. satellite only with people you already shared your location with in Find My before you were in an area with no mobile and Wi-Fi coverage.

You can update your satellite location every 15 minutes. The procedure is well explained here: https://support.apple.com/fr-fr/guide/iphone/iph2aac8ae20/ios.

Family Sharing

Family Sharing can of great interest to parents who have children with iPhones. It's also another way to let your family know where you are. The configuration varies depending on the system versions of iOS on your iPhone or macOS if you are using your Apple computer. More information here: https://support.apple.com/fr-ca/HT201088.

Go to Settings and then press the “Apple ID, iCloud+, Media & Purchases” button at the very top. Then tap Family Sharing, then tap Continue (if this is your first time).

Screenshot of Family Sharing feature

Choose friends or family from the list. family members you want to use Family Sharing with (note that this service only works with other iPhones).

Tap Location Sharing (blue arrow) to send. Your recipients will receive a text invitation to join Family Sharing. Follow the on-screen instructions to set up parental controls, location sharing, and more.

With Google Maps

First you need to be signed in to your account Google to send your location with Google Maps.

Open the Google Maps app, tap your account picture, then Location Sharing. After the brief explanation, tap Share My Location.

From here, you can choose to share with your contacts from Google by selecting a duration and the icon of the person you want to share with. Your recipient will receive a notification from Google Maps (provided they have Google Maps installed and notifications are enabled for this app). They will also receive an email with a link to view your location on Google Maps.

A pop-up will appear asking if you want to share with a link. Tap Share.

Select from the suggested contacts (the small icon at the bottom right of each contact's image indicates which method will be used to send the link).

Your contact will receive a link via the method you have chosen. When they tap the link, they'll be taken to the Google Maps app (if installed) or to Google Maps in the browser.

About privacy for this Apple service

“Like all other Apple products, the Find My app is designed to give you full control of your data. Apple doesn't know your device's location until you locate it, mark it as lost, or turn on Send Last Location. This data is encrypted on Apple's servers and is never kept for more than 24 hours. If the Locate network is used, all data remains confidential, even to Apple.”