In iOS 17, Apple has added several new Messages features and revamped the interface design of the Messages app to give it a cleaner look. This means that the way you navigate and perform certain actions in the messaging app has changed, while new options have also been added, such as Location Sharing. Keep reading to learn how to share your location via Apple Messages.

iOS 17 Messages Feature
Thanks to a new Messages feature in iOS 17, you can now provide friends and family with your exact location if you're planning on meeting up. Not only that, you can request the location of your friend, allowing you to both keep tabs on each other.

Messages lets you share your location for an hour, until the end of the day, or indefinitely, and you can turn off location sharing at any time. You can also share a pin at a specific location if you're going to be moving. And when you share your location, it will stay in the conversation just like regular messages.

Sharing Your Location

Previously in iOS 16, the Messages app's conversation screen presented a row of icons below the text input field that allowed you to send things like photos, stickers, GIFs, voice memos, and Animoji. But in ‌iOS 17‌ the row has gone, and it has been replaced by a single + button to the left of the text field.

When tapped, this + button brings up a new vertical menu where you can access all the above options, including additional ones like the ability to share your Location.

The following steps show you how.

  1. Tap the + button, then select Location.
  2. Give Messages permission to share your location: Allow Once or Allow While Using App.
  3. A map showing your current location will appear. If you want to share it, tap Share, then select for how long: Indefinitely, Until End of Day, or For One Hour. Alternatively, to request the location of the person you're in conversation with, tap Request.
  4. Tap the blue arrow icon in the text input field to send the message.

share location messages

When you send your location to someone, they will see where you are on the map. They can also locate you in the Find My app, under the People section, for however long you chose to share where you are.

If you requested someone's location, you'll have to wait for them to accept. You'll be notified when they do, and you'll likewise be able to find them on the map as well as in the Find My app under the People section.

In ‌iOS 17‌, Messages may have changed its look and feel, but the interface is actually now more customizable. You can, for instance, organize your iMessage apps and manage iMessage sticker packs right within the app. Click the links to learn how.

Popular Stories

General Apps Messages

iMessage Down for Some Users [Update: Service Restored]

Thursday May 16, 2024 3:00 pm PDT by
The iMessage service that Apple users to send messages to one another appears to be down for some users, and messages are failing to go out or are taking an extra long time to send. There are numerous reports about the issue on social networks and a spike of outage reports on Down Detector, but Apple's System Status page is not yet reporting an outage. Update: Apple's status page says...
iOS 17

Troubling iOS 17.5 Bug Reportedly Resurfacing Old Deleted Photos

Wednesday May 15, 2024 5:29 am PDT by
There are concerning reports on Reddit that Apple's latest iOS 17.5 update has introduced a bug that causes old photos that were deleted – in some cases years ago – to reappear in users' photo libraries. After updating their iPhone, one user said they were shocked to find old NSFW photos that they deleted in 2021 suddenly showing up in photos marked as recently uploaded to iCloud. Other...
iphone 15 pro max vs iphone 16 pro max

iPhone 16 Pro Max Looks This Much Bigger Beside iPhone 15 Pro Max

Thursday May 16, 2024 4:51 am PDT by
This year's upcoming iPhone 16 Pro Max is expected to get a boost in overall size from 6.7-inches to 6.9-inches, and a new image gives us a good idea of how the current iPhone 15 Pro Max compares to what could be Apple's largest ever iPhone. The image above, posted on X by ZONEofTECH, shows a dummy model representing the ‌iPhone 16 Pro‌ Max alongside an actual iPhone 15 Pro Max. Dummy...
iOS 17

iOS 17.5 Bug May Also Resurface Deleted Photos on Wiped, Sold Devices

Friday May 17, 2024 12:24 pm PDT by
A bug in iOS 17.5 is apparently causing photos that have been deleted to reappear, and the issue seems to impact even iPhones and iPads that have been erased and sold off to other people. A Reddit user wiped an iPad following Apple's guidelines in September of 2023 before selling it off to a friend. That friend updated the iPad to iPadOS 17.5 this week, and began seeing the Reddit user's old ...
oled m4 ipad pro grainy display reports

OLED iPad Pro Users Report 'Grainy' Displays, But It May Not Be a Defect

Friday May 17, 2024 5:57 am PDT by
Some new M4 iPad Pro models are exhibiting a visible static grain pattern across the OLED display, according to several user reports on Reddit (1, 2, 3) and the MacRumors Forums. Image credit: MacRumors user bk215 Users who see the grain generally report that it is most noticeable in dark environments with the display set at a low to medium brightness while viewing content with gray or muted...
Delta Hands On Feature

iPhone Emulators on the App Store: Game Boy, N64, PS1, PSP, and More

Thursday May 16, 2024 12:45 pm PDT by
In April, Apple updated its guidelines to allow retro game emulators on the App Store, and several popular emulators have already been released. The emulators released so far allow iPhone users to play games released for older consoles from Nintendo, Sony, SEGA, Atari, and others. A list of some popular emulators available on the App Store so far follows. Released Delta Delta is...