How to Share Location on iPhone through iMessage in iOS 17

How to Share Location on iPhone through iMessage

Picture This: You’re going to an amusement park with friends and don’t know where your friends are. Suddenly, an idea strikes, you already download the iOS 17 beta update, which comes with a new live location-sharing feature in iMessage. This feature enables you to share live locations with your friend through the iMessage app, and even request their location.

Hey folks! Apple recently rolled out iOS 17, packed with loads of new features and changes, including enhancements to iMessage apps. Before iOS 17, sharing your location on an iPhone using iMessage was a complex task, but now it’s a breeze – in just two taps, you can send your current location to another person. Let’s dive into this post and explore how to share locations on an iPhone through iMessage in iOS 17.

What Is Location Sharing in iOS 17 iMessage?

You probably already know that apps like WhatsApp allow you to share your live location with someone else, so they can find you. Now, Apple has introduced the same feature for iMessage, allowing precise location sharing without the need for Apple Maps or Google Maps.

Many iPhone users are familiar with this feature, as it was available in iOS 16 and older versions. However, in iOS 17, it’s much more user-friendly.

Requirement Before Share Location

  • This feature is exclusive to iPhone/iPad and works with iMessage only. Regular text messages don’t support this feature.
  • Both iPhone users must have the iOS 17 version.
  • You must enable the Location Service from your iPhone settings. Navigate to Settings > Privacy & Security > Location Services and toggle on Location Services to use this feature.

How to Share Location on iPhone through iMessage

open iPhone iMessages App
  • Select the conversation where you want to share the location.
Select Conversation on iPhone Messages app
  • Tap the “+” icon in the bottom left corner.
Tap on the + icon to open messages app drawer
  • Choose “Location” in the app drawer.
Click on Location in iMessage app
  • Click on “Share” to send your location to another person.
Share Location in iPhone iMessages
  • You’ll then see three options: “Indefinitely,” “Until End Of Day,” or “For One Hour.” Select one.
Share My Location option in iMessage
  • After selecting an option, hit the send button.
Send the Live location on iPhone imessage app

How to Stop Sharing Location on iPhone

If you mistakenly send your location to share indefinitely, stopping it is simple:

  • Open the iMessage conversation where you sent the location.
Select Conversation on iPhone Messages app
  • Tap on the Map to open it in full-screen mode.
Tap on live location map on iPhone iMessage
  • Click on “Stop Sharing My Location.”
Stop Sharing My Location on iMessages app

How to Share Other Locations Using Pin Share

Wondering how to share a different location? Apple allows you to use the Pin Share option:

  • Open iMessage Conversation.
Select Conversation on iPhone Messages app
  • Tap the “+” icon in the bottom left corner.
Tap on the + icon to open messages app drawer
  • Click on “Location.”
Click on Location in iMessage app
  • Tap the Pin icon in the top left corner of the map.
Click on Share Pin icon on iMessage
  • Select your location by dragging and swiping the Apple map position, then click “Send Pin.”
Select your location using Pin in Apple messaging app

How to Request Location in iMessage

The process is similar to sharing:

  • Open iMessage Chat.
  • Tap the “+” icon and select a location.
  • Click on the “Request” option, and then hit the Send button.

That’s it! This fresh Apple feature in iOS 17 unlocks many hidden functionalities, so you don’t need to rely on WhatsApp or other apps to share live locations. Apple has also introduced new features like Apple Check-In and save-to-voice memos within iMessage. Sharing locations has never been easier, and you can explore more places with this neat feature. If you have any questions, drop a message in the comment box below.

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