How can I send someone my location? REAL SITUATION

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Mikebike125, Aug 3, 2017.

  1. Mikebike125 macrumors 6502


    Mar 25, 2007
    Here is the situation I was in last week and I need your help. My parents, both 75 years old, were on and interstate and got a flat tire. They were unable to change it and called me for help. I asked where they were and since they couldn't see an exit sign, they were only able to tell me a very rough location which turned out to be wrong.

    Since they both have iPhones, is there any way that they could have used the phone to send me their location so I could get to them? I felt very nervous for them and wanted to help but didn't know where they were. I don't want to ever be in this situation again. I am looking for a way that they could with just using the phone itself or Google or something like that. I don't want them to have to have a special app.

    Surely on this masterpiece of electronics there has to be some way they could have easily used it to send me their location. How?

    BTW, if you are curious as to how it all panned out, they called AAA and the guy just drove around until he found them. Probably would have been quicker if they were able to tell him exactly where they were. Props to AAA for helping. (I was a 2 hour drive away)
  2. kenz1980 macrumors newbie

    Mar 11, 2017
  3. AFEPPL macrumors 68030


    Sep 30, 2014
    Go to maps, hit the location you are on the map after refreshing, then press the share button.
    You can the choose how to share it and to whom.
  4. jetsam macrumors 6502

    Jul 28, 2015
  5. Moneoa macrumors regular


    Oct 8, 2015
    Sadly, it’s impossible to get someone’s location from a cell phone. Every user on the cell network is anonymous
  6. harlenmm77 macrumors 6502

    Nov 5, 2016
    Do you really believe this?

  7. Moneoa macrumors regular


    Oct 8, 2015
    Lol thanks guy, it’s called a joke
  8. bopajuice macrumors 65816


    Mar 22, 2016
    Dark side of the moon
    Use the "find my phone" feature and turn it on in both phones. I used the feature to direct my wife. Not a serious situation though. She was in Hawaii with her sister and trying to find the path to the beach. I used the "find my phone" feature to locate her on Maui. It shows an overhead map like Google maps. I zoomed into her condo, and used the satellite map to tell her which way to go. I was amazed at the detail of the map and the accuracy.
  9. ftaok macrumors 603


    Jan 23, 2002
    East Coast
    Nice. I didn't know about this one.

    I was thinking that they could take a screen shot of their location on the Map app and then send that to the OP. But your solution is more elegant
  10. Rob198612, Aug 3, 2017
    Last edited: Aug 3, 2017

    Rob198612 macrumors 6502

    Sep 15, 2014
    Also another way is just type a message on the phone "I'm at " then on the top of the keyboard where the predictive texts are pops up "send location" click that and it automatically sends your location
  11. abrahamw88 macrumors member


    Aug 2, 2012
    Rochester, NY
    Prolly the best/easiest option yet.
  12. mk313 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 6, 2012
    Not as easy as the other options but they could always share their locations m with the find my friends app as well. I use that all the time to find my family at the nephew's soccer games.
  13. James Craner macrumors 68000

    James Craner

    Sep 13, 2002
    Bristol, UK
    Another option is install find my friend app on their iPhones, assuming they don't mind you knowing their location at any time, you will always be able to locate them providing their phone is on.
  14. itsmilo macrumors 68000


    Sep 15, 2016
    Doesnt seem to do anything for me

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  15. jetsam macrumors 6502

    Jul 28, 2015
    You need one space after the word "at"
  16. MC6800 macrumors 6502

    Jun 29, 2016
    The "I'm at " trick doesn't work for me either, though the "Send My Current Location" button under (i) works. This is an iPhone SE running 10.3.2.
  17. CrystalQuest76 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 14, 2015
    West Cost A Lot
    i noticed the "I am at " takes a moment to work. I also noticed that it even works when the Keyboard > Predictive, is turned off. Since my spouse has it turned off, i think that is a really nice feature.
  18. cube macrumors G5

    May 10, 2004
  19. MC6800 macrumors 6502

    Jun 29, 2016
    Found it: it requires Settings > iCloud > Share My Location to be on.
  20. jetsam macrumors 6502

    Jul 28, 2015
    That's just too logical.
  21. Rob198612 macrumors 6502

    Sep 15, 2014
    You have to do space for it to work for example “I’m at “ once you space it works
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    For example

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  22. EM2013 macrumors 65816


    Sep 2, 2013
    I knew you could send your location through iMessage but I didn't know you could do it like this. Cool feature

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