Share your location to other iOS users with this handy feature

Share your location to other iOS users with this handy feature
Let's say you need to meet someone at a certain location, but they are not familiar with the area. If you have an Apple iPhone sporting iOS 8 or higher, you can quickly share your location with other iOS users. To do this, open Messages and start a message to the person you want to find you. If you have an existing thread, that will work as well.

Tap the details button in the upper right corner. You will see two options. Share my Current Location takes a "GPS snapshot" of your location and sends it to the recipient in map form. The recipient can tap on the blue "i" for more information and can even click on a button to receive directions to where you are. Share My Location is different. Click on that and your current location is shown in real-time for 1 hour, until the end of the day, or indefinitely. Besides opening up your location in real-time, this setting will also drain your battery. If you want to end the location sharing early, click Details in the top right corner and tap Stop Sharing My Location.

This is one of those features that comes in handy for iOS 8 users, but isn't often publicized. Hopefully, if the situation to use it does arise, you will remember that it is available.


source: CNET

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14 Comments

1. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Nifty feature, not feeling that bad for Craigslisting my Note 3. iOS 8's feature set is awesome, just a little more software stability and bingo. I'd say 8.1 is about 98% stable, 99.9% wouldn't hurt.

2. orphant

Posts: 35; Member since: Oct 22, 2014

Your Note 3 had almost the exact same feature though, right?

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Pretty much, other than auto editing/auto compression of video files, and a native ability to play QuickTime files. There's an app in the play store for the QuickTime files though.

8. orphant

Posts: 35; Member since: Oct 22, 2014

That's true, I suppose if I had to use Quicktime more often that would be an important feature to me as well.

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

My iOS videos are coded in QuickTime, so emailing them to the Note 3 was no good, cuz they wouldn't play. Texting them degrades the res too much, so the experience was mehhh. Packaging it up, made a deal for $300.

6. Mxyzptlk unregistered

When it gets completely stable it'll be smooth sailing

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Yes bro, I'm loving it despite a little hiccup here and there. Great update Mx

3. TimCook

Posts: 450; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

Wow this is great, 597 of my co workers bought the iPhone 6 but nobody knows this feature yet.. I am glad I will be the first to tell them.

4. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Hi, Wendy Ghoochannejhad.

10. bestmvno

Posts: 251; Member since: Mar 07, 2014

This feature is also available in Google Hangouts. I've always found glympse to be the best for location sharing though. Waze has also had it for a while.

11. AlikMalix unregistered

Is Google Hangouts natively available on all Android Devices that date back at least 3-4 years? Not trolling - just wondering...

12. Nkolsen

Posts: 60; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

Not sure, but doesnt matter. You can get it in Google play.

13. AlikMalix unregistered

The reason it matters is that I know anyone with a blue texting bubbles uses iOS and because of that I know all my services will work with his/her phone - and because of that, I dont have to ask them to install an app before we can share location, or facetime, or share purchased music/apps/movies/books, or collaborate on a document, video editing, or a photo stream. Maybe only 3% of iPhone users in the world have phones that dont have one or two of these things due to much older phones - but I honestly seen only one 3GS and a few iPhone 4 in the wild in the last year.

14. bestmvno

Posts: 251; Member since: Mar 07, 2014

Hangouts should be on all android phones from the past two years. This particular feature is new in the past year or so. It is also available for install and use on the iPhone, unlike the iPhone messaging app which only works on the iPhone.

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