How to Share Locations via Find My iPhone

Find My iPhone is an incredibly useful app from Apple that allows you to share locations between iPhones. This can be great for keeping tabs on family members, meeting up with friends, or even just giving your location in an emergency.

What is Find My iPhone

Find My iPhone is an iOS app developed by Apple. It utilizes iCloud to allow iPhone users to track the location of their device, as well as share locations between friends and family.

The app has several key features:

  • Locate Lost or Misplaced Devices: If you lose your iPhone, you can use Find My iPhone to view its last known location on a map. You can also remotely lock or erase the device if needed.
  • Share Locations: You can choose to share your real-time location with friends and family members. This allows you to see their location on a map in the Find My iPhone app.
  • Send Location Notifications: Get notified when a contact that you are sharing locations with leaves or arrives at a specific place. This is great for keeping tabs on kids or coordinating meetups.

How to Set Up Location Sharing

Before you can share locations on Find My iPhone, you need to make sure location services are enabled and that you allow the Find My iPhone app to access your location. Here are the basic steps:

1. Enable Location Services

Go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services and make sure the toggle at the top is switched on. This allows apps that you give permission to access your iPhone’s location.

2. Allow Find My to Access Location

Still in Location Services, scroll down and tap Find My. Make sure location access is set to Always Allow. This gives Find My constant access to your location.

3. Turn on Share My Location

Open the Find My app and tap the Me tab. Turn on Share My Location to enable sharing with your contacts.

Once these three settings are configured, you’re ready to start sharing locations!

How to Share Your Location

Sharing your location in Find My iPhone only takes a few taps. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Open the Find My app and tap the People tab
  2. Tap the + icon in the top right
  3. Search for the contact you want to share with or enter their phone number/email
  4. Tap Send to share your location
  5. Choose 1 hour, Until End of Day, or Share Indefinitely

The person you shared with will get a notification that you are sharing your location. They need to open their Find My app to view your location on a map.

Location Sharing Options

Find My iPhone gives you control over how long you share your location:

  • 1 Hour: Share for just 60 minutes
  • Until End of Day: Stops sharing at midnight
  • Share Indefinitely: Share until you manually turn it off

You can stop sharing at any time by tapping the contact and selecting Stop Sharing My Location.

Useful Features

Beyond just sharing locations, Find My iPhone has some powerful features:


You can receive notifications when a contact leaves or arrives at a certain place. This is great for keeping tabs on family members.

To set this up, tap the contact, tap Add, then configure the location and notification options.


See a contact’s location on the map? Tap Directions to open Apple Maps and get directions to their location. This makes meetups a breeze.

Contact Info

Need to get in touch with a contact you’re sharing locations with? Tap their name and you can call, message, or email them instantly.

Family Sharing

If you set up Family Sharing with household members, you can easily share locations without needing to send individual invites.

Family members automatically appear in Find My iPhone. Turn on location sharing in Settings > [Your Name] > Family Sharing > Location Sharing.

With Family Sharing, you can also help locate missing devices for family members.

Location History

Wondering where a contact was at some point in the past? Find My iPhone stores location history for shared contacts.

Tap a contact, then tap More Information to view their recent location data. This can come in handy when coordinating schedules.

Location Accuracy

For best accuracy when sharing locations, make sure Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are enabled on your iPhone. This allows Find My to pinpoint your location using local networks.

Also enable Precise Location in Privacy > Location Services > System Services for precise positioning.

Location Privacy

While location sharing is extremely useful, you do give up some privacy. Always be cautious when sharing personal location data.

You can stop sharing your location with a contact at any time. Just open Find My iPhone, tap their name, and select Stop Sharing My Location. They will no longer be able to view your location.

I hope this guide gives you a better understanding of how to use Find My iPhone location sharing. It’s an incredibly useful tool for keeping tabs on family and making meetups easier with friends.

Let me know if you have any other questions! I have over 5 years of experience using iPhones and can provide tips on getting the most out of your device.