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How to Hide iPhone Location from Find My Friends & iMessage

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With Find My Friends and iMessage location sharing it’s easy to feel like you’re constantly being watched by friends or family members who can pop in and see where you are. This is how to hide your iPhone location from Find My Friends or the iMessage location tracking on your iPhone.

You can simply just stop sharing your location with friends or family, but in some cases that’s not what you really want to do. You may just want to go off the grid for a surprise shopping trip, or you may need to hide your location for another reason without stopping sharing your iPhone location.

Read: How to Fake iPhone Location

When you stop sharing your iPhone location with someone, they will see this change as a message in the iMessage app, and another message when you re-share with them — so turning off and on sharing isn’t a great way to hide your location, or at least not hide that you are hiding the location.

Instead you will want to rely on either turning your phone off, or sharing from another device that you own.

How to Hide Your Location from Find My Friends & iMessage

How you can hide your iPhone location from Find My Friends and iMessage.

How you can hide your iPhone location from Find My Friends and iMessage.

There are a few ways you can hide your iPhone location from your friends or family without them knowing that you did this. Keep in mind if you own a cellular Apple Watch, it can track your location even if you leave the iPhone at home.

Fastest Way to Hide Your iPhone Location

The fastest way to hide your location is to turn Airplane mode on by opening Control Center and tapping the Airplane logo.

This will disable cellular connections and WiFi, which will stop someone from seeing your location. The iPhone may show the last known location, so do this before you head off.

Unfortunately this method means you cannot make calls, and if you turn WiFi on to browse the Internet it may end up showing a rough location.

This method is best used if you just need to unplug in a park without someone tracking you down, as long as you know that you will not be reachable by phone.

How to Share Location From Another Device

The best way to hide your location from Find My Friends and iMessage tracking is to simply share from another iOS device that is in a stationary location. With this method it can also make it look like you are in another place.

If you have an iPad that is at home or at work, you can share from that location. When someone checks, they will still see a location, but it will not be at your specific location. Instead it will show where your iPad is. Even if the iPad doesn’t have GPS it can still share a location using WiFi. It’s not as precise, but it’s surprisingly close.

Share your iPhone location from another device to hide where you are.

Share your iPhone location from another device to hide where you are.

To share your location from another device;

  1. Open Settings
  2. Tap on your name at the top.
  3. Tap on iCloud.
  4. Scroll all the way to the bottom.
  5. Tap Share My Location.
  6. Tap the device name next to From.
  7. Tap on another device.

This changes your location to the other device. This could be a second iPhone or it may be an iPad. When you are done, switch the location back to your iPhone.

Using this method, there is no alert that you’ve changed and there is no gap in your location history.

How to Stop Sharing Your iPhone Location

If you want to hide your location from Find My Friends and iMessage without using another device or turning off location sharing with someone you can turn it completely off.

With this option you become invisible to friends and family, and they do not get any kind of alert that you stopped sharing a location.

Completely hide your iPhone location from iMessage and Find My Friends.

Completely hide your iPhone location from iMessage and Find My Friends.

To stop sharing your location from your iPhone;

  1. Open Settings
  2. Tap on your name at the top.
  3. Tap on iCloud.
  4. Scroll all the way to the bottom.
  5. Tap Share My Location.
  6. Tap the toggle next to Share My Location to off.

When you are done, reverse these directions and you can start sharing your location again.

Keep in mind that making these changes will only hide your location from friends and from iMessage, it will not hide your location from law enforcement.

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