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How to send your location with Apple Watch

Whether you're planning a day at the beach with friends or a date at a hard-to-find spot in the city, sending a contact your location makes it easier for them to find you. Using your Apple Watch, you can send your location in only a few taps.

Follow the steps below to quickly send your location to your friends and family.

How to send your location using your Apple Watch

  1. Open Messages from the Home screen of your Apple Watch.
  2. Tap the conversation in which you want to send your location.Alternatively, press firmly to start a new message and send a quick message in that new thread to be able to send your location.

Open Messages, open conversation

  1. Press firmly within the conversation.
  2. Tap Send Location.

Force Touch screen, tap Send Location

Note that this won't send your contact an active representation of where you are, just your current address at that point in time. If you move elsewhere, your location won't update for your friends and you'll have to re-send your whereabouts.

Serenity was formerly the Managing Editor at iMore, and now works for Apple. She's been talking, writing about, and tinkering with Apple products since she was old enough to double-click. In her spare time, she sketches, sings, and in her secret superhero life, plays roller derby. Follow her on Twitter @settern.

7 Comments
  • Cue the complaints about another watch article! Sent from the iMore App
  • It's like people said, a lot of people haven't got the watch yet so these articles are still useful, and will keep coming till at least the end of June
  • Nice... but not without a fairly major annoyance -- you can't do this if there isn't already an existing message thread to the recipient on your watch. It's not possible to create a new message and send your location -- you have to send a text phrase or something first, and then these steps will work :-(
  • Thanks this should be helpful Sent from the iMore App
  • Has this changed with Apple Watch S2? Does it actually use the gps set on the watch to send your actual location or does it behave like the iPhone/iPad version of iMessage and only send the location tied to your account/device you have selected in settings?
    Thanks! Sent from the iMore App
  • Why are the comments from a year ago? Is there some kind of update or is this a repost for folks with Watch 2.0 ?
  • This function could be improved to allow the 1, x?, and indefinite sharing of location functions of find friends app.