With all of the advances in technology we have witnessed, there are some things that we simply do not have to do anymore. One of these things is trying to explain or describe where we are, what our current location is, to friends or family. Sure, there are apps that you can find on the App Store to help with this, but you already have everything you need to do this on your iOS device and in multiple ways.
Need to share your location right now?
Your iPhone or iPad iMessage app is perfectly capable of sharing your current location in very easy, fast ways and there are various reasons you would want to do this. Say you are on a long road trip alone and your car breaks down. Although you have an idea of where you are approximately, trying to explain it to your spouse who is on their way to help takes too much time, especially if you are stranded on the side of a creepy country road at night.
When you pop open your messaging app and tap your contact, just select the Details link in the top right corner. Then under Location pick Send My Current Location. Your spouse will receive your location via text message with a small map. They can then get directions right to you with a simple tap.
Want to show your spots through the day?
You may notice another feature in the Location section of your iMessage app that says Share My Location. When you select this option, you can choose to share your spot for an hour, until the end of the day, or indefinitely. This will then share your location, similar to the first option we described, but only for the timeframe you have chosen.
Why is this handy? There are several reasons that sharing your location based on a timeframe is convenient.
Think about using this for that day at a large amusement park with your family or imagine letting your friends know where you are for the evening when you are on a date with someone you just met.
For both convenience and safety, sharing your location with this timed feature is a great one. Once the timeframe is up, your contact will no longer be able to see a map of your location (unless, of course, you choose the indefinite option).
Ready to say “meet me here?”
Aside from the messaging app options for sharing your location, you can also do this from the maps app on your device, but in a slightly different way. When you open your maps app and see your location, just select the sharing icon from the top right corner. You can then send your current spot via text message or email, post it to Facebook, or select another of your configured options.
If you send it via text message, for example, it will show up for your recipient as mentioned above where they can select it and get directions with a tap. So, this is really convenient if you already have your maps app open because you do not have to open your messaging app to send your location. You can then add a “meet me here” message.
Need to keep tabs on others for safety?
Stop asking “where are you?”
As you can see, there are many reasons for sharing your location with the convenient tools on your iOS device. From getting help when you are stranded to meeting up with your family at the end of the day to planning a fun night out to knowing that your loved ones are home safely, you have the tools. After all, sharing is caring.