How to Share iMessage Live Location on iPhone, iPad & Mac

How to Share iMessage Live Location on iPhone, iPad & Mac

Live Location sharing has been on iPhones for years. On iPhone, iPad, or Mac, you can effortlessly track your child’s whereabouts or that of a friend or family member.

This post will show you how to share your iMessage location with friends and family.

By default, iMessage provides your location from Apple Maps, but you can alternatively use Google Maps. We’ll examine both strategies later in this book.

How to Enable Location Sharing on iPhone and iPad

  1. Open Settings on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Select Privacy & Security.
  3. Select Location Services and turn the toggle on for Location Services.
  4. Scroll down and tap Messages.
  5. Grant access to location sharing.
  6. That’s it.

How to Enable Location Sharing on Mac

  1. Select System Settings from the Apple Menu in the address bar.
  2. Click on Privacy & Security from the side menu and then select Location Services.
  3. Now enable Location Services and find Messages to grant location access to the app.
  4. That’s it.

How to Share Live Location on iPhone and iPad

Share Live Location in iMessage using Default Method

  1. Open iMessage and select the chat or conversation in which you want to share your live location.
  2. Tap the + icon on the right side of the text field.
  3. Select Location app from the list.
  4. It will prompt you with location sharing privacy settings, simply select Allow Once or Allow While Using App.
  5. Press and hold the Share button, now choose the timing for how long you want to share the live location.
  6. You have three options to choose from – For One Hour, Until End of Day, or Indefinitely.
    • For One Hour: As the name suggests, you will share your live location for an hour.
    • Until End of Day: The location will keep sharing for the entire day.
    • Indefinitely: If for some reason you want to get live location alerts all the time, you can choose the Indefinitely option.
  7. That’s it.

Share Live Location in iMessage from Google Maps

make sure you install the Google Maps app on your iPhone or iPad. The app is freely available on the App Store. Grant the location access to the app in the Settings > Privacy & Security > Location Services > Google Maps.

If the app is already available on your iPhone, you can follow these steps to share your current location using Google Maps.

  1. Open iMessage and go to the chat/conversation in which you want to share the location.
  2. Tap + icon on the right side of the text field.
  3. Tap More and find Google Maps.
  4. Select Google Maps, it will show your current location, Simply tap on Send your current location.
  5. That’s it.

When you share your location using Google Maps, the recipient will be able to view your current location for 1 hour. You can stop sharing locations easily when you want by pressing the stop button.

How to Share Live Location in iMessage on Mac

  1. Open Messages from Launchpad, Spotlight, or applications.
  2. Select the conversation in which you want to share the location.
  3. Click on the info (i) button at the top right corner and select the Send My Current Location option.
  4. Send the message by pressing the enter key or send button from mice.
  5. That’s it.

How to Stop Sharing Live Location in iMessage

  1. Open the conversation in which you share the live location.
  2. Tap on the shared location, then select Stop Sharing My Location.
  3. That’s it.

Request for Location Sharing

You can always request location sharing to your friends or family in Messages, you can do it easily by opening the conversation, then tap the + icon and select location, tapping the request button, it will notify the recipient. Once granted access, you will get access to the live location.

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