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How To See Someone’s Location on iPhone

Iphone Tracking

Tracking someone’s location on iPhone can prove necessary if they’re a family or friend, and you must ensure their safety. That said, Apple luckily has a few in-built options that let you see someone’s location on iPhone.

Quick Answer

Here are all the different ways you can see someone’s location on iPhone:

1) Use the “Find My” application on your iPhone.
2) Using “iMessage”.
3) Use a third-party tracking application.
4) Using an instant message application.

In this article, we’ll gloss over how you can see someone’s location on iPhone. So, read on!

Method #1: Using The Find My Application

If someone has permitted you to see their location on their iPhone, then the native “Find My” application is the easiest way to see their location. However, that individual will need to have an iPhone / Apple device for you to see their location.

To be able to see their location, you’ll need to follow these steps:

  1. Open the “Find My” application.
  2. Tap on “People” at the bottom of the screen.
  3. Now, tap on the person’s name whose location you wish to see.
  4. After doing so, tap on “Ask To Follow Location”.

After they’ve accepted your request, here’s how you can see someone’s location on your iPhone:

  1. Head to the “People” tab at the bottom of the screen in the “Find My” app.
  2. Now, tap on the person you wish to locate and tap “Locate”.
  3. You’ll now be able to see their location on the map.
Note

You can use Siri to find out where your friend is at any given moment. After they’ve accepted your request on the Find My application, you can just say Where’s “My Friend” Right Now? Siri will then open up the map, letting you know where exactly they are.

Method #2: Using iMessage

You can also view someone’s location on your iPhone using “iMessage”. This method is especially great if you aren’t in the mood to share your location indefinitely but want to do so for a given time.

Moreover, it saves you the trouble of opening the “Find My” application whenever you want to take a quick glance at someone’s location. Here are all the steps you need to follow:

  1. Open the “iMessages” app on your iPhone and tap on the individual who you wish to share your location with.
  2. Now, tap on their name and tap on “Share My Location”.
  3. After doing so, you’ll be able to select between sharing your location for one day, till the end of the day (12:00 AM), and indefinitely.
  4. As soon as your location is shared, the person on the receiving end will be able to see your location being updated live for the specified duration.
Note

If you don’t want to share your location indefinitely, you can choose the Send My Current Location option instead. With it, they’ll only be able to see your location right that second, and it won’t update.

Method #3: Using A Third Party Tracking Application

If you want to see someone’s location on an iPhone who isn’t using an Apple device, using “Find My Phone” or “iMessage” simply won’t be possible. Since these solutions are only for Apple devices, you’ll have to resort to third-party applications.

Thankfully, though, third-party applications have come a long way and are great at providing accurate location and tracking, allowing you to easily see someone’s location on your iPhone.

Warning

From our experience,  third-party applications are an absolute hog regarding battery life. Therefore, keep a close look at your battery, especially on older iPhones, as they tend to drain out quickly. If that does end up, you can always adjust the tracking interval, so GPS isn’t used as often.

While not endorsed, we’re huge fans of FollowMee”, a free GPS tracker that isn’t locked behind a wall that does more than what you’d need from a tracker. From having the ability to remain always on and configure how often your location should update, you can view someone’s location from an iPhone or any other platform on the fly.

The application stacks up quite well with the native “Find My” application and provides users with an equal amount of information and utility. However, there is the trouble of going ahead and installing the application on the person you want to track’s phone.

Method #4: Using An Instant Message Application

Like iMessage, WhatsApp, and Messenger allow you to share your live location. This allows you to see someone’s location on your iPhone as well. These options, too, are battery hogs and will severely affect your battery’s longevity.

We will be sharing how you can share your location on both WhatsApp and Messenger on the iPhone.

WhatsApp

  1. Open the person whose location you wish to share with’s chat on your iPhone.
  2. Tap on the “Plus” icon and select “Location”.
  3. After doing so, tap on “Share Live Location” and select a duration.
  4. Now type on the blue “Send” icon.

Messenger

  1. Open the person whose location you wish to share with’s chat on your iPhone.
  2. Now, tap on the “Plus” icon.
  3. After doing so, tap on the “Location” icon and select “Start Sharing Live Location”.
  4. Your location will now be shared for 1 hour.

Conclusion

Before you keep tabs on someone, ensure that you/ve taken permission from them before seeing their location. In any case, all the above methods lead to the same result in letting you see someone’s location on your iPhone live for as long as you mutually decide. 

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