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Have you begun sharing your location with a contact through iMessage and decided you’d rather stop? We’re happy that Apple lets us share our location with friends and family through iMessage. It can make it easier for them to find us before a meet-up or track our phone if it’s lost. But sometimes, privacy is a good thing.

In the following sections, we’ll show you how to stop sharing your location in iMessage without notifying your contacts. We’ll also run through a few other ways to ensure your location is secure and your contacts can’t track your whereabouts.

What is iMessage Location Sharing?

Apple’s iMessage is a feature-rich messaging service that lets Apple users communicate more effectively. iMessage’s location-sharing feature is exactly that — it lets you share your phone’s location with ease. You can choose which contacts you trust and disable those you don’t.

You can send or share your location with anyone in your iPhone’s contacts. Even Android users can see your location. The iMessage location-sharing feature works with Apple’s Find My service to quickly and accurately send the GPS coordinates of your iPhone, iPad, or Mac.

How to Stop Sharing Your Location Without Notifying Them on iMessage

If you decide you don’t want to share your location in iMessage with a contact anymore, you’ll be happy to know that Apple won’t alert the other person. You can follow the steps below to stop sharing your location quietly.

It’s important to remember that there’s no way to keep the other person from finding out. For example, if the other user attempts to check your location, they won’t see it. This means they’ll know you turned off your location sharing.

Step 1: Open the Chat

First, let’s go to your messages. Open the iMessage app on your iPhone or iPad.

Helpful hint: If you don’t see the Messages app on your device’s home screen, swipe all the way to the right until you see the App Library. Then, type and search for Messages.

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Open the Messages app.

Step 2: Tap on Their Contact

After opening the message thread with the person you’d like to stop sharing your location with, tap on their contact at the top of the chat window.

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Open your message thread with them and tap on their contact.

Step 3: Stop Sharing Your Location

Scroll down the page and tap Stop Sharing My Location.

Now, the other person can’t see your location on iMessage anymore. Of course, they won’t receive a notification that you stopped sharing your location, but they will know you stopped when they check your location and don’t see it.

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Click on Stop Sharing My Location.

How to Stop Sharing iMessage Location on a Mac

If you aren’t near your iPhone or want to use your Mac instead, you can stop sharing your location on iMessage. The only thing you need to do is open the messaging app on your Mac and follow the below steps.

Step 1: Tap the i Icon

Open the message thread and tap the i icon in the upper right corner. Note: the i has a circle around it.

Helpful hint: The i symbol on your Mac and iOS device often represents a menu that gives you more information about the contact or lets you make changes. Tapping the i in an iMessage chat lets you send your current location.

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Click on the i symbol that has a circle around it.

Step 2: Stop Sharing Your Location in iMessage

Similar to the instructions for iOS mobile devices, you can click the Stop Sharing My Location option that appears in the dropdown menu.

Helpful hint: You don’t need to turn this option off for all your Apple devices. If you stop sharing your location on your Mac, you’ll also stop sharing your location on your iPhone and iPad.

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Click on Stop Sharing My Location.

How to Share Your Temporary Location on iMessage

If you’re easily distracted, like so many of us, and someone requests your location, you can set a duration. Setting a time limit means you only share the location for a short time, and you don’t have to worry about returning to turn it off. Here’s what to do.

Step 1: Open the Conversation

Head to your messaging app just like we did above. Then, open the iMessage conversation with the contact you’d like to share your location with temporarily.

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Open the Messages app.

Step 2: Tap on the Contact

At the top of the page, tap the contact’s profile image.

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Tap the contact.

Step 3: Tap Share Location

Tap Share Location like you would any other time.

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Click Stop Sharing My Location.

Step 4: Choose the Duration

If you only want to share your location temporarily, tap Share for One Hour or Share until End of Day.

The contact can now see your location in iMessage. But, you won’t have to go back to their iMessage profile and turn it off. When the duration is up, the location-sharing feature automatically disables.

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Select the duration for which you want to share your location.

How to Send Your Current Location on iMessage

Maybe you only want to share your current location. If someone is meeting you somewhere, it’s better to send your current location rather than sharing it indefinitely. You won’t need to turn off location sharing or tweak the settings.

Follow these steps to send a one-time location ping to another user.

Step 1: Open the Conversation

Open the conversation in the Messages app just as we did above.

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Open the Messages app.

Step 2: Tap on the Contact

Tap the contact’s profile picture at the top of the message window.

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Tap the contact.

Step 3: Tap Send Current Location

Tap Send Current Location.

Your exact location with your GPS coordinates arrives via text to your contact. But they can’t follow or track your future locations if you choose this location-sharing method in iMessage. You can also send your current location to Androids via SMS.

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Select Send My Current Location.

No More Location Sharing

Apple’s iMessage location-sharing feature is great because it makes sending your current GPS coordinates a breeze. The feature uses your iCloud location function to let others you choose see your location in the Messages app.

Of course, when you no longer want another person seeing your location in their iMessages, you can revoke that permission quickly and quietly. Just take a minute to follow the steps above!

How to Stop Sharing Your Location Without Them Knowing on iMessage: Step-by-Step Guide FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) 

What can I do to send my location if I don't have cellular or internet signal?

If you enjoy off-grid hiking or traveling, it’s probably a good idea to invest in the iPhone 14. The iPhone 14 is the only model that offers satellite-based location sharing. This means that you don’t need a cellular data or Wi-Fi connection to send your location to a friend.

If you aren’t ready to upgrade to the latest iPhone model, it’s best to send someone your intended route and set up check-in times to ensure your friends or family know your whereabouts.

How do I know which device's location I'm sharing with someone?

As mentioned previously, your iPhone, iPad, and Mac are all capable of iMessage location sharing. This can cause some confusion because you can’t be sure which device is sending its location to your friends and family.

Open the Find My app on any of your devices and select the Me option at the bottom. Then, tap or click the i icon. Now, you can see which device is sharing it’s location via iMessage.

Will Apple alert me if someone checks my iMessage location?

Unfortunately, no. Whereas the company used to send alerts when someone checked your device’s location, it doesn’t anymore. If you let someone have access to your location in iMessages, they can check it as many times as they want and you’ll be none the wiser.

Is location sharing on iMessage secure?

Overall, location sharing in iMessage is as secure as any users who have access to it because all data goes through your iCloud (which, in essence, is secure).

However, the option is completely up to you. If you feel comfortable with someone knowing your whereabouts, and not sharing those whereabouts, you won’t have any problems with the iMessage location-sharing feature.

Of course, no matter how secure Apple’s developers make the feature, you should always consider the human element. If your friend doesn’t keep a passcode on their phone or they aren’t trustworthy, it’s probably a good idea to refrain from sharing your location.

How do I know who I'm sharing my location with in iMessage?

Rather than inspecting every contact, you can see everyone you’re sharing your location with in the Find My app. This process makes it much easier to control who has access to your coordinates in iMessage.

Open Find My on any device and tap the People icon. Then, scroll through the list looking for those that say Can see your location. If you see the Can see your location text below the contact’s name, you can follow the steps above to stop sharing your location in iMessage without them knowing.

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