The iOS Messages app is a great way to keep in touch with friends and family, especially when traveling or planning to meet up. But when it comes time to tell others where you are, don’t spend time typing out a description or address, just send a live map of your exact location.
Apple now lets users send their location right in the Messages app. To use the feature, the person (or people, if it’s a group chat) that you’re messaging with must be using an iPhone with iMessages enabled. While in a Messages conversation, tap Details at the top of the screen and then tap Send My Current Location.
iOS will ask you to allow Messages to access and share your location. Just tap Allow to confirm. After a brief moment of processing, a map will appear in your conversation showing your current location and be sent to the person or people you’re chatting with.
It may look like just an image, but the map is actually live, and if you or a recipient tap on it, it will launch the iOS Maps app. From there, your friends, family, and colleagues can determine your exact location, obtain driving or walking directions, or even identify points of interest around you, such as a new restaurant.
Sending a map instead of directions may not only be a faster way to let people know where you are, but it can also be much more useful than an address for out of town visitors or those unfamiliar with your part of town. Note, however, that this feature is only as good as your iPhone’s ability to locate itself. If you’re in an area with poor signal, or if there are any other obstacles that prevent an accurate GPS location from being determined, your map won’t generate in Messages or, at the very least, will be inaccurate. Therefore, be sure to confirm your actual location as reported by the Maps app before relying on it to guide others to you.
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