Here's How to Share Your Location via Satellite With Find My

Apple today launched its Emergency SOS via satellite service in the US and Canada, and while the feature is geared to help users in a genuine emergency, Apple's satellites also make it possible for anyone to share their location whenever they are off the grid.

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The new functionality means you can now share your location with friends and family, even if your iPhone 14 has no cellular connection or access to Wi-Fi, allowing you to reassure people of your whereabouts while traveling in the wilderness.

The following steps show you how to take advantage of the feature, which can be accessed via Find My on iPhone 14 models running iOS 16.1 or later. Be sure to update your device if you haven't already via Settings -> General -> Software Update. Also note that you must lack cellular coverage and not be connected to Wi-Fi for the feature to show up.

  1. Open the Find My app on your iPhone 14.
  2. Tap on the Me tab.
  3. Swipe up to see "My Location via Satellite," then tap Send My Location.

That's all there is to it. As long as you are outdoors, anyone who you share your location with will now be able to see where you are, regardless of your cellular coverage.

In addition to Emergency SOS and Find My, the satellite connection on the iPhone 14 lineup also works with other features available on iPhone and Apple Watch, including Crash Detection and Fall Detection.

Note that Apple's satellite services are included for free for two years starting at the time of activation of a new iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max. Emergency SOS via satellite and Find My via satellite are available today in the US and Canada, and will be available in France, Germany, Ireland, and the UK in December.

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Top Rated Comments

TheYayAreaLiving ?️ Avatar
21 months ago
When going hiking I hope to not get lost anymore.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Joe Mac User Avatar
21 months ago
I'm running 16.1 on my iPhone 14 Pro. I don't see "My Location via Satellite" as described.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Adoniram Avatar
21 months ago

I'm running 16.1 on my iPhone 14 Pro. I don't see "My Location via Satellite" as described.
From the article:
“Also note that you must lack cellular coverage and not be connected to Wi-Fi for the feature to show up.”

If you’re posting here, there’s a good chance you have cellular or Wi-Fi.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
bmustaf Avatar
21 months ago

I have iPhone Pro Mac, iOS is 16.1.1

under find my iPhone. I do have the share my location toggle turned on but no option to actually share my location with anyone. I am assuming it may update later but thus far nothing.
It likely will not let you until you have no cell service and no wifi, I believe this was a restriction (and a valid one given how limited spectrum is being allocated for true off grid/emergency use), and I suspect Airplane Mode is not enough (and likely turns off sat comm anyway)...
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
zapmymac Avatar
21 months ago
This is actually the feature I’m looking forward to. I ride horses, run, atv in many places without service, a simple ping to my family would make everyone feel safer. Last known coordinates can go a long way for a quicker rescue as well. ?
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
vikingjunior Avatar
21 months ago

From the article:
“Also note that you must lack cellular coverage and not be connected to Wi-Fi for the feature to show up.”

If you’re posting here, there’s a good chance you have cellular or Wi-Fi.
I assume turning on Airplane mode and WiFi off would not let it work.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)