What does “Live” Mean on Find My? Here’s An All Out Guide 2024

| Updated on February 13, 2024

If you are walking down the street late, you don’t have to think twice about sharing your location with someone close to you. But what if you don’t know much about Find My or its Live Location sharing concept?

Well, if you’re here, it will no longer be the same. In only a matter of a few steps, you will be done with the process. There are a lot of Apple users, but not all of them are aware of all its apps (like iMessage and Health apps) and how they function. And one of them is the Find My app.

start sharing location

Many confused users have been asking about what “Live” means on the Find My app by Apple. So in this article, we will discuss the ways of turning the live location on and off on Find My and what exactly it is. Let’s jump right in and get started! 


What does Live Mean on Find My?

After merging “Find My iPhone” and “Find My Mac” together in 2013, into a single app, “Find My”, Apple moved on with the app since then with the purpose of locating your lost/stolen Apple device.

“Find My” has all the functionality that an app needs to access the GPS location of an Apple device. So if you have used the app and while on it, came across the status as “Live”, what does it exactly mean?

There are a couple of things that the Find My app is certainly useful for. Like sharing your location or your device’s, current or live. Sharing the current location is not the same as live location, though. If you are sharing your current location, your location from that particular time will be shared. However, sharing a live location means your every step and move will be displayed on the map to the user you have shared your location with. 

How to Turn on Live Location on Find My?

The aim of Find My is not only for locating devices and being limited to them, but people as well. And knowing about your close ones’ whereabouts is pretty useful for the concern and safety part. With this, if something goes wrong, you can take action on time as well. Enabling the Live Location on the Find My feature is pretty easy. 

  • Go to Settings and click on Privacy.
Go to Settings and select Privacy.
  • Now go to Location Services and enable it if it is turned off.
Turn on Location Services.
  • After that, go to the top of your settings, where your Apple ID information is displayed, and click on it. 
Go to the Apple ID.
  • Now click on Find My.
Click on Find My.
  • After clicking on it, make sure that the Find My iPhone option and Share My Location are on.
Enable Find My Phone and Share My Location.
  • Now go to Privacy < Location Services.
Go to Location Services.
  • Go to Find My and open it.
Click on Find My.
  • Here, you can select the option for allowing location access and turn on the Precise Location if it is disabled.
Select option for location access and turn on the precise location.
  • After that, open the app Find My.
Open, Find My app.
  •  CLick on Me from the right bottom of the screen.
Click on Me.
  • Now enable Share My Location.
Enable Share My Location.
  • Restart the app, and click on Start Sharing Location.
  • Now enter the name of the person that you want to share your location with and click on Send.
Enter the contact name to share the location.
  • After that, select one option for the time duration of sharing the location with the contact that you had selected earlier. 
Choose the option for the time of sharing location.

By following the steps mentioned above, you will be able to successfully enable your Live Location and share it with the ones you want to. 

Steps to Find People on Find My

It isn’t a difficult task to use Find My as its interface is pretty simple and easy to use. To find people on Find My, and see their location (current or live) there are some pretty easy steps, using which you will be able to see it.

  • Open the Find My app.
Open the Find My app.
  • Go to the People section and, here, look for the person whose location you want to pinpoint. 
Tap on People.
  • Once you have selected the contact, you will be able to see their location on the map. Apart from that, there are several other details that you can see if you click on their name – their possible destination and speed will be visible to you. You can also view their full address and options to contact them with the given options. If you want to share your whereabouts with them or want to get alerts when they move, Find My will show all that, aside from providing you with directions. 

So these were the steps for how you can find people on the Find My app. If you want to find missing or lost devices on the app Find My, read the following given section. 

How to Find Missing Devices on Find My?

Apart from finding people’s location, and other details about it, Find My sure comes with versatility sense. With its feature, you can find lost, stolen, or missing devices. To find out how to give a read the steps given below:

  • Open the Find My app.
Open the Find My app.
  • Click on Devices and you will be able to see the list of added devices.
Tap on Devices.
  • Now here, you can find the missing gadget and tap on its name. You will now be able to see its location. Apart from that, you can also mark it as lost along with other options – erase the device or remove the device. 
Options for missing device
  • If you have turned on the notification, you will be notified when it leaves the registered address for home and other places like work.
Notification for device not being nearby.

And these are the steps using which you can find missing devices with the help of Find My. To know the steps for how you can turn off the live location feature on Find My, read on.

Ways to Turn Off Live on Find My

Just like enabling the option of Live location on the Find My app, you can disable the feature in simple ways. Just follow the steps given below for doing so:

  • Launch the Find My app.
Open the Find My app.
  • Click on People and tap on Start Sharing Location.
  • Select the contact you want to stop sharing your location with.
Select the contact.
  • Once you click on their contact, a pop-up will appear. Tap on Stop Sharing Location.
Tap on Stop Sharing Location.
  • If you want to completely stop sharing the location with everyone, simply go to the Me section and turn off the toggle for Share My Location. 
Turn off the toggle to Share My Location.

By following the above-mentioned steps, you can disable the Live Location Sharing option. And if you think doing this still didn’t help you, you can visit Apple’s official page about Find My and go through the information there. 

We hope that with the help of this guide, you will be able to figure out your issue and possibly get them solved too. For more details in depth about it, you can go to Apple’s official help page.


Can I turn my Live Location off but keep on Location Sharing?

No, it is not possible to only keep your Location Sharing on without keeping Live Location on, as Live Location automatically gets enabled when you turn on Location Sharing.

Are the Live Location and Current Location the same?

No, sharing a Live Location and a Current Location is not the same thing. If you are sharing your current location, it will show where you are located at the current period of time. However, in the case of sharing Live Locations, it will show your exact and precise location as you move.

How accurate is Find MY iPhone Live?

The accuracy of most iPhones’ GPS is around 20 feet if your iPhone has access to a strong satellite signal. However, it can be decreased to 100 or a thousand feet due to a weak signal. The accuracy can also be reduced due to Wi-Fi split-up.

Janvi Panthri

Senior Writer, Editor

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