How to Share iPhone Location to Track Your Lost iPhone or Your Location

Send iPhone Location

"I found an interesting place and want to ask my friends come together. But I do not how to describe the location. My friends tells me to share my iPhone location to them. How to do that?"

"I have ever lost my iPhone, and my friends suggest I should turn on share my location to track my iPhone in case that it lost. But I do not know what is that? Any help? Thanks "

Share My Location is the feature of iPhone. It lets you share your iPhone location easily with your friends or family to find your place easily. Also, when you lost your iPhone, but you happen to turn on Share My Location on iPhone, then you could track your lost iPhone location to find it. Share My Location is very convenient in life. In this page, we will introduce some tips to how to use Share My Location on iPhone to facilitate life.

Part 1. How to turn on location services on iPhone

Before you could share your iPhone location, you need to turn on Share My Location service on your iPhone firstly.

On your iPhone, go to "Settings" > "Privacy" > "Location Services" and make sure it is ON to let your iPhone be used for iPhone location sharing.

For sharing your iPhone location to some specific apps, you need one more settings.

Below "Share My Location", you will find some apps that you can decide whether the app accesses your location.

Scroll down to select one app > Select the option to share iPhone location or not.
Never: Prevent access to Location Services information.
While Using the App: Allow access to Location Services only when the app or one of its features is visible on screen.
Always: Access your location when this app is in the background.

Turn on iPhone Location Sharing Services

1. Location Services uses GPS and Bluetooth (where they're available), along with crowd-sourced Wi-Fi hotspots and cellular towers to determine the approximate location of your device.

2. Still, if you do not want to share your iPhone location to protect your privacy, you could turn off location on iPhone by going to "Settings" > "Privacy" > Slide "Location Services" to OFF.

Part 2. How to share your location with family

After you turn on iPhone location service, you could take the following steps to share your iPhone location with family, party from sharing your iPhone locations with the apps you set as mentioned above.

Join a family

For sharing your location on iPhone with your family or friends, you need to create a Family Sharing.

Family Sharing lets family members (up to six people) to share each other's iTunes, iBooks, photos, and more on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 8 or later, your Mac with OS X Yosemite or later and iTunes 12, or your PC with iCloud for Windows.

For iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 10.3 or later, go to "Settings" > "Your name" > "Set up Family Sharing" > Follow the onscreen instructions to create Family Sharing.

For iOS device in iOS 10.2 or earlier, go to "Settings" > "iCloud" > "Set up Family Sharing" > Follow the onscreen instructions to create Family Sharing.

Join A Family

Share your iPhone location with family and friends

Go to "Settings" > "Your name" > "iCloud" > "Share My Location" > Choose a family member and tap the name to share your location.

Then your location will appear in Find My Friends and Messages on your family member's device (iOS 8 or later) or Find My iPhone if you lost your iPhone and turn on "Find My iPhone" in iPhone Lost Mode.

You could also gather your friends into one family, and share your location to your friends with "Family".

Share Location with Family

Part 3. How to share iPhone location with third-party apps

In the above descriptions, we tell how to share the location on iPhone with the built-in apps or functions on iPhone itself. If you use the third-party apps like WhatsApp, Google Maps, etc. and just want to share your location to your friends easily without exiting the apps, then you need to find ways of sharing iPhone locations in third-party apps.

How do you share your Location on WhatsApp

1Run WhatsApp on iPhone, open the conversation with whom that you want to share the location with, click + icon.

Share Location with WhatsApp Menu

2Select "Location" from the drop-down menu list, and WhatsApp will request for a permission to access your location, you just need to grand the permission.

Share Location with WhatsApp

3Wait for WhatsApp detects your location, and present it on the map, tap "Send Your Location" button to share your location from WhatsApp on iPhone. Then the contact of this conversation will view your location.

How to share location on Google Maps on iPhone

Location sharing on Google Maps needs you to enable Google's Location History feature.

1Go to "Settings" > "Privacy" > "Location Services" > Select "Always".

Google Maps Access Location Always

2Run Google Maps app on your iPhone, tap "Menu" > "Share Location" > "Get Started" if you are the first time to share your location.

Share Location with Google Maps Settings

3Define the duration for location by hitting the blue + and – buttons.

Define Location Time

4Select "Messages" to send your iPhone location via iMessages via a link. Or "More" to share your location through app, email or Google+, Facebook, AirDrop, etc.

Send Location with Google Maps

This page shows you how to use Share iPhone Location on iPhone to navigate your iPhone location. Also you could also use the iPhone tracking apps to help you locate your iPhone.

One more tip: Sharing iPhone location is a good idea to find your iPhone location or navigate yourself by your friends. However, the location sharing may also be a loophole for the guilty by stealing your private location. So you need to take care of using iPhone location sharing service.

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September 21, 2017 06:55 / Updated by to iOS
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