Technological advances make it easier to tackle our tasks, communicate with loved ones, and even feel safer. Whether you’re in an area where you don’t feel comfortable or would like your pal to join you for some fun, you can share your location right from the Apple Watch on your wrist.
- How to enable location sharing on Apple Watch
- How to share your location with Apple Watch using Find People
- Send your location using Messages from Apple Watch
- How to stop sharing your location on Apple Watch
How to enable location sharing on Apple Watch
You can keep your iPhone in your pocket or at home if you have the cellular Apple Watch model and share your current location with your wearable in just a few taps. But first, you have to enable the feature on your Apple Watch.
- Open the Settings app → scroll down and select Privacy & Security.
- Tap Location Services → ensure the toggle for Location Services is enabled.
- Then scroll down and turn on the toggle for Share My Location.
It allows you to share your spot in the Find People and Messages apps, which we’ll describe next.
The Find People app on Apple Watch isn’t just for locating others. You can use it to share your own location with family or friends.
- Open the Find People app on your Apple Watch.
- Here, you can optionally turn on the toggle for Precise. This provides a more pin-pointed location.
- If a prompt appears, confirm that you want to allow Find People to use your location. Scroll down to the bottom and pick Allow Once or Allow While Using App.
- When you finish, you’ll be on the main Find People screen. Scroll down and pick Share My Location.
- You may use the microphone, your contacts list, or the dial pad to locate your friend.
- After that, you’ll be asked to pick a timeframe. You can share your location for an hour, until the end of the day, or forever. And, that’s it!
Your friend should then receive your location. They can tap to view it and then tap again to get directions to their spot using the Maps app.
Send your location using Messages from Apple Watch
If you’re already conversing with the person you want to share your location with, you can do so using the Messages app.
- Scroll to the bottom of the conversation and select Send Location.
- Your current spot will then pop into a text message in the form of a tiny map. It’ll be sent immediately without the need for you to even tap Send.
- In case you see a prompt, toggle on Precise and choose Allow Once or Allow While Using App.
Like the Find People method above, your location is then sent to your pal, which they can view using Apple Maps on their own device.
How to stop sharing your location on Apple Watch
When you want to stop sharing your location, you can do so in a couple of different ways.
- If you shared your spot using Find People, reopen the app and select the person you’re sharing with. Scroll down and toggle off Share My Location.
- To stop sharing your location completely, open the Settings app→ select Privacy & Security → pick Location Services → toggle Share My Location.
Sharing is caring…
Your Apple Watch gives you a quick and easy way to share your current location. Whether for safety, fun or just as an FYI, you can send your spot to a friend or family member in seconds. Will you give this feature a try?
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With her BS in Information Technology, Sandy worked for many years in the IT industry as a Project Manager, Department Manager, and PMO Lead. She wanted to help others learn how technology can enrich business and personal lives and has shared her suggestions and how-tos across thousands of articles.