Beyond just meeting up with friends, sharing your iPhone’s location can help you find your phone if you lose it. It can also help keep you safe in potentially dangerous situations, like when meeting a seller from an online marketplace. Plus, with many parents sending their kids off to college for the first time this fall, using it the right way can be an option to help put minds at ease this back to school season.

The best feature about sharing your location is that nobody can view it without your permission. This means that someone else won’t have access to your location unless you supply them that access. 

Even when you do share your location with someone, you can stop sharing it at any time in your iPhone’s settings, another great reason to learn how to do this.

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How to share your location on iPhone

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Before you share your location, you have to enable location services, something that many people keep disabled for privacy reasons. To turn on Location Services, go to your iPhone’s Settings, select Privacy, and tap on Location Services, you can toggle it on and off on this page. 

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Apple ID or your name at the top of the screen, then Find My. Toggle Share My Location to the On position.

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Before you can actually share your location with others, you need to give your phone permission to do so. Go to Settings, tap on Apple ID or your name at the top of the screen, then Find My. Toggle Share My Location to the On position.

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Before you can actually share your location with others, you need to give your phone permission to do so. Go to Settings, tap on Apple ID or your name at the top of the screen, then Find My. Toggle Share My Location to the On position.

Enable your location sharing.

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You have to enable Share My Location in your Settings before sharing it with others through an app like Find My or others.

Make sure the Share My Location switch is in the On position.

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Open the Find My application.

If, for some ironic reason, you can’t find it easily, simply go to your App Library by swiping right on your home screen, and type in Find My on the search bar.

Open Find My app.

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From the bottom of the screen within the Find My app, choose People to open this tab.

Select the People tab.

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Tap on the + (plus) sign to see what options you have for location sharing. Select Share My Location.