How it works
The family organizer sets up location sharing in Family Sharing settings. After location sharing is turned on, the organizer's location is automatically shared with everyone in the family group. Then each family member can choose whether or not to share their location. When you agree to share, your family members will be able to see your location in Find My Friends and Messages. And you can see where they're located too.
Plus, with location sharing enabled, if one of your devices is lost or stolen, you can ask a family member to use Find My iPhone to help you locate it and get it back.
Location sharing isn't supported in South Korea and might be unavailable in other regions due to local laws.
Choose when to share
Family Sharing lets you decide whether or not you share your location with your family.
To see if you're sharing, follow these steps:
- Go to your location sharing settings.
- If you're using iOS 11 or later, tap Settings > [your name] > Family Sharing.
- If you're using iOS 10.3, tap Settings > [your name] > iCloud.
- If you're using iOS 10.2 or earlier, go to Settings > iCloud.
- Tap Share My Location.
- If you want to choose a family member to share your location with, tap their name.
To stop sharing your location, turn off Share My Location. This hides your location from all of your family members and your approved friends. And when you're ready to share your location again, you can turn it back on at any time.
Choose which device to share your location from
By default, the device that you used to sign in to Family Sharing is the one that shares your location. If you want to share your location from a different device:
- Go to Settings > [your name] > Family Sharing. On iOS 10.2 or earlier, go to Settings > iCloud.
- Tap Share My Location > From.
- Select which device you want to share from.
Location sharing and Find My iPhone
If you join Family Sharing and choose to share your location with family members, they can find and secure a missing device for you.
If you turned on Find My iPhone on your missing device, a family member can help you:
- See the location and online or offline status of your device.
- Play a sound on your missing device to help you find it.
- Put your device in Lost Mode if it was already set up with a passcode.
If you don't share your location, family members can’t access location information about your devices. Without location information, family members can still help you. They can check your missing device's online or offline status, play a sound on the device, or put the device in Lost Mode.