How To Share and Send Your Current Location in iMessage Chats

Sharing your location in iMessage chats can be very useful in many situations. Whether meeting up with friends, letting loved ones know you are safe, or getting help when lost, sending your current location is a convenient feature built right into iOS devices.

Enabling Location Services on Your iPhone

Before you can share your location in iMessage, you need to enable Location Services on your iPhone. Here’s how:

  1. Open the Settings app
  2. Tap on “Privacy”
  3. Select “Location Services”
  4. Ensure the toggle at the top is switched on (set to green)

You can also scroll down and check that Location Services are specifically enabled for iMessage under the list of apps.

Sharing Your Current Location in an iMessage Chat

Once Location Services are enabled, sharing your live location in an iMessage chat only takes a few taps:

  1. Open an existing iMessage conversation or start a new one
  2. Tap on the contact name at the top of the screen
  3. Select “Send My Current Location”
  4. Choose how long to share for – 1 hour, until the end of the day, or indefinitely
  5. Tap “Send”

A map thumbnail will instantly appear in the chat thread showing your location. The recipient can tap for directions or more details.

Pro Tip: You can quickly share your location by typing “I’m at” in an iMessage chat and tapping “Current Location” when it pops up.

Requesting Someone’s Location in iMessage

Need to know where someone else is? Request their location in iMessage:

  1. Open an existing or new conversation
  2. Tap the “+” icon
  3. Select Location > Request Location
  4. Send the request message

They will receive a notification to share back with you.

Stopping Location Sharing

When you are ready to stop broadcasting your location:

  1. Open the conversation
  2. Tap the contact name
  3. Select “Stop Sharing My Location”

Location sharing will immediately end.

Sharing Locations Between iOS and Android Users

While some iMessage location features only work between Apple devices, you can still share locations between iOS and Android users in a couple ways:

  • Send a Map Link – Drop a pin in Apple Maps, tap the Share button, and send the map link via text message.
  • Use a Cross-Platform App – Apps like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, etc. allow location sharing between different devices.

The recipient will receive a map link rather than a live updating location.

Why You Might Want to Fake Your Location in iMessage

There are valid reasons why someone may want to spoof or fake their iPhone’s location. For example:

  • Protecting privacy
  • Avoiding tracking
  • Accessing region-locked content
  • Software development testing

How to Fake Your Location on iPhone

To temporarily alter your iPhone’s location, a location spoofer app like iMyFone AnyTo can feed false GPS data to apps like iMessage, Apple Maps, etc. Follow these steps:

  1. Download and install the location spoofer app
  2. Allow the required permissions
  3. Search for a location or drop a pin on the map
  4. Tap “Move Here” to override your real location
  5. Toggle location spoofing on
  6. Share your fake coordinates in iMessage!

Be sure to turn off location spoofing when finished to resume normal device operation. Only use for legal purposes.


Knowing how to share your current or fake location in iMessage can really come in handy! Follow the best practices outlined here for enabling Location Services, sending your live location to contacts, stopping active sharing, and even spoofing your iPhone’s coordinates temporarily. This provides a safer and more convenient way to let others know where you are at any given moment!