How To Send Your Location in iMessage
The option to send someone your current location is not only extremely useful, but it can also help someone in an emergency. If you have an iPhone, you don’t need a special app to share your location with your contacts. You can use iMessage to send your location to other iPhones and Apple devices.
In this guide, we’ll go through the process of sharing your location through iMessage. We’ll also discuss whether it’s possible to send a fake location on iMessage.
How To Share Your Location Through iMessage
Knowing how to share your location can help you in various scenarios. For example, when you’re meeting your friends and want to let them know where you are right now. It can also be very useful if you get lost in a new city and need directions. Sharing your current location with your contacts can even save your life in critical situations.
While there are apps that let you share your location with your friends, like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger, iPhone owners can also use iMessage.
iMessage is a pre-installed messaging app you can find on your iPhone, Mac, iPad, and Apple Watch. It’s not only a great app for texting your friends, but you can also use it to share images, contacts, documents, videos, and location data. Note that sharing your location through iMessage is only possible if both you and your friend have iPhones or other iOS devices.
In addition, keep in mind that your iPhone’s location services must be enabled for you to share your location with anyone. This is how you can check:
- Go to “Settings” on your iPhone.
- Proceed to “Privacy” on the menu.
- Tap on “Location Services.”
- Toggle the switch to enable this option.
Now that you’ve enabled your location services, let’s see how you would share your location through iMessage. Follow the steps below to see how it’s done:
- Either go to the “Contacts” or “Messages” app.
- Find the contact to whom you want to send your location.
- Tap on their name at the top of the screen.
- Go to the “Send My Current Location” option.
Your iPhone will send your location immediately. For more information about the location data, tap on the minimized map in the chat. You’ll be able to see the exact coordinates of your location, the time the location was sent, and from which website it was sent (in this case, it will be maps.apple.com). The person who you sent your location to can do the same.
They can also tap on the “Directions” button, and they’ll be taken to the Maps app. Not only that, but they’ll receive the fastest possible directions to reach you. Once they receive your location, they will be automatically asked if they want to share their location with you too.
Apart from the “Send My Current Location” option on iMessage, you also have the “Share My Location” option. From this point, you’ll be able to choose between “Share Indefinitely,” “Share Until End of Day,” and “Share for One Hour.” This tool is handy for when you’re traveling somewhere new and you want your friends or family members to be able to keep up with your whereabouts the whole time. However, be careful about sharing your location for a long period of time, as it will drain your battery.
There’s another way to send your location using iMessage, and it’s even faster. This is how it’s done:
- Open the Messages app.
- Go to the contact with whom you want to share your location.
- Type in “I’m at.”
Your current location will appear in the suggestions box. You can also send your current location directly from the Maps app. Here’s what you need to do:
- Launch the Maps app on your iPhone.
- Swipe up the menu from the bottom of the screen.
- Find the “Share My Location” tab.
- Choose the “Messages” icon.
- Select the person you want to share your location with.
- Tap on the upward arrow to send it.
Can You Send a Fake Location?
There is no direct way to send someone a fake location with iMessage. This is because your iPhone is programmed to detect GPS spoofing. For this reason, it might be risky to use “forbidden” methods to fake your location, as it can result in your iPhone’s software shutting down. But it isn’t impossible.
One way of changing your location on your iPhone is by jailbreaking it. However, this is a complicated process that can cause issues with the system and ultimately mess up your iPhone. If you’re still interested in how to jailbreak your iPhone, you can find more about the whole process here.
Another way to send a fake location on your iPhone is with the iTools app. Once you install this app on your Mac, this is what you need to do:
- Connect your iPhone using a USB cable.
- Run the iTools app on your Mac.
- Go to the “Virtual Locations” feature.
- Select “Get Started.”
- Activate “Teleport Mode.”
- Choose the fake location and click on “Move Here.”
Your location will be changed on your iPhone as well. From this point, follow the same steps from the previous section to share your location through iMessage.
Let People Know Where You Are
Sending your location through iMessage helps your friends find you and prevents potentially risky situations. As long as both of you have Apple devices, you’ll be able to take advantage of this pre-installed messaging app.
Have you ever shared your location with someone using iMessage? How did you do it? Let us know in the comment section below.