Temporarily Share Your Location with Friends

Meeting up with friends and colleagues can be an awesome experience... once you've actually met up to do something fun. The process of meeting up, however, can be a painful one. In most cases (and considering how we use tech these days), it begins with a simple text "Hey, where are you?". The response is usually something like "Over by the sandwich shop". "The deli or the seafood sandwich shop?". "The deli, but not right next to it, down a few shops". You get the idea. After 10 or more texts and a lot of wasted time, you finally meet up.

Wouldn't it be nice if there was a way to share your location with your friends so that it took all the guesswork out of finding you? The free "Find my Friends" app is one way of doing this, but in some cases, you just want to share your location one time with a friend, not forever. There's a really simple way to do this.

Assuming you already have a message thread going with your friend, we'll tap on the "Details" link in the top right corner:


Once we've done this, a new page appears giving us several options related to this particular message thread.


As you can see, one of the options is to "Send My Current Location" with your friend. Unlike the "Share My Location" option (which will invite your friend to observe your location from this point on using "Find my Friends"), this simply sends your friend your current, static location. If you move locations, your friend will not see that motion. It's a great little (underutilized) feature that's perfect for making the meeting up process much simpler!

Posted on March 30, 2015 and filed under How To, iOS, iPad, iPhone.