How to send map locations using iMessage

How to send map locations using iMessage

iMessage isn't just for texting, you can easily and instantly share your location with friends, family, and colleagues as well. Whether you're lost or need someone to give you directions, or you're waiting and want to help someone find you, iMessage is as simple as hitting the share button and sending.

How to send Map locations and directions with iMessage

  1. Launch the Maps app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Find the location you'd like to share. If you'd like to share your current location, just tap on the location arrow in order to locate yourself.
  3. Tap on the Share button.
  4. Tap on Message.
  5. Type the name of the person you'd like to share your location with and hit Send.

That's all there is to it. They'll receive your location in a message that will automatically launch them into the Maps app on their own iPhone or iPad.

How to get more help with iMessage

If you're having issues getting iMessage to activate, get more help at the iMore forums, and for more tips, check out:

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Allyson Kazmucha

Senior editor for iMore. I can take apart an iPhone in less than 6 minutes. I also like coffee and Harry Potter more than anyone really should.

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How to send map locations using iMessage


They need to have this right from the iMessage app too. Hopefully, they'll replace the camera icon next to the text entry with a multifunction button - share location, start Find My Friends request, send photo/video, send contact info, send calendar invite, send reminder, etc...

This is so dumb (not the topic of this article, but the fact that I am impressed with seeing our area on iMore) but I still think it's cool when I see my "hometown" area on these posts. Keep up the great work!!!!

can't you send this to someone regardless of whether "iMessage" is used. For example names of people without iphones could be added to the message. I didn't actually hit send as i don't want to spam them. But this is not imessage specific is it? It's just how to send your location with a text message. Or am i misunderstanding? Does it refuse to send if the person doesn't have an iphone and imessage?

i Actually just tried this with a friend of mine. He has a Galaxy nexus and i have an iphone. When i sent it to him he got a message from me that just showed a bunch of data with a few highlight-able data points and a thing about a server. Suffice to say this is ios only feature or maybe he just needs to update.

It won't work with text. Try the email option to your friend with the galaxy nexus. I have a nexus and this is how I tell my iPhone friends to send me their location.

Although iMessage will also be able to use the regular SMS to send out message to your green bubble friends (non-iOS or non-iMessage users). But the location data iMessage actually sending out is something like "" the address which is currently only available on Apple Maps App, not on regular browser, so if some one not an iOS or MAC user or even not a latest version user can't open it.
Also, if you don't have network connection while you're sending or receiving, you will not be able to see the beautiful map view, instead you'll only see a blank square with a red pin in the middle, then you might need some telepathy.

If sometimes you really really need to send your location data via sms to any platform without network connection, I suggest you can try some third party Apps like SMS My Location ( ) or some similar, those would also archive this task much easier.

Hope those information useful to some of you.

Apple should implement this feature within the messages app. Doing all of these steps just takes way too much time. Changing the camera button to a share button would be fantastic!

Messages is the name of the app, and the Messages app can send SMS/MMS or iMessages. iMessages is the name of the service, which can be sent using the Messages app or via in-app share sheets.