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How to Stop Sharing Location without Notifying iMessage

If you have an Apple ID, you can use iMessage to send unlimited messages to anybody using an Apple device. Besides sending messages, iMessage allows you to share your location using your phone's location services. But sometimes, you might be cautious about other people tracking your location using iMessage. In that case, let's learn several methods to stop sharing location without notifying iMessage.

What is iMessage Location Sharing?

iMessage is a message service that Apple users can enable inside the Message app to communicate more effectively. You'll see blue text bubbles to know if you have received an iMessage.

Besides sending text messages, iMessage has an inbuilt location-sharing feature, allowing you to share your phone's live coordinates. You can choose specific contacts to share your iMessage location with, including Android users. It uses Apple's Find My service to send accurate and live GPS of your device.

Is It Possible to Stop Sharing Location without Notifying iMessage?

Yes, it's possible to stop sharing your live location on iMessage without notifying your contacts. This can be as easy as disabling the Location Services under "Settings" or enabling your phone's Airplane Mode.

But note that when you resume sharing your whereabouts, iMessage will inform those who are tracking you. So, even though iMessage users aren't notified initially, they will eventually find out you have stopped sharing your location. Keep reading to discover the best method to stop sharing your GPS location without notifying the iMessage app.

5 Ways to Stop Sharing Location without Notifying iMessage

Way 1. Turn Off Location Sharing in the Messages App

You can quickly stop sharing your live iMessage location with a particular contact in their messages thread. Note that your contact won't be notified when you turn off location-sharing on the Messages app. Below are the quick steps:

  1. Launch the Messages app, then open the particular SMS thread.
  2. Tap the contact's name on top of the screen to open more information.
  3. Now click the Info button, then tap Stop Sharing My Location.

stop share my location message

Way 2. Turn On the Airplane Mode

Turning on your phone's Flight Mode is undoubtedly the most straightforward way to stop sharing your live location with iMessage contacts without notifying them. However, this method will turn off all network services on your smartphone. Follow these steps:

  • Open Settings on your iPhone or iPad.
  • Enable the Airplane Mode toggle to put your phone in Flight Mode.

turn off airplane mode iphone

Way 3. Turn Off Location Services from Settings

Instead of turning off your phone's network connections, it's best to disable Location Services. This way, iMessage will not track your iPhone's real-time location, and you can still receive calls, SMS, emails, and more. But if you choose this option, some apps that depend on your phone's Location Services won't function appropriately.

Here is how to turn off this feature: Open Settings and tap Privacy. Click Location Services and turn off the toggle.

turn off location services iphone

Way 4. Disable Location Sharing in Find My

Most iPhone owners use the Find My app to share their live location and find a lost phone. You can turn off the location service on Find My to prevent iMessage from accessing your live coordinates. However, this option will notify the other person that your location has been turned off. Below is how to do it:

  1. Open Settings, then tap your Apple ID profile.
  2. Find and tap Find My.
  3. Disable the Share My Location toggle to stop sharing your live location on Find My.

find my share my location

Alternatively, open the Find My app, then tap on the Me tab from the bottom right corner. After that, tap the Share My Location button.

Way 5. Use Another iPhone/iPad As Your Location

If you have multiple iPhones or iPads, use them to spoof your location without notifying iMessage. In this method, you'll trick your iMessage contacts into thinking you're elsewhere. Let's see the steps:

  1. Open Settings on the device where you want to share your fake location.
  2. Tap your Apple ID profile, then click Find My.
  3. Now click Use this iPhone/iPad as My Location to allow people seeing your location on iMessage to see the live coordinates of this device.

use this iphone as my location

How to Spoof Your iMessage Location Without Anyone Knowing

Most methods listed above have drawbacks, like disabling your phone's Location Services and notifying your iMessage contacts. So, if you want to fake your location without notifying the iMessage app, consider using a professional third-party tool like FoneGeek Location Changer. This powerful desktop program lets you teleport your live iMessage location to somewhere else on iPhone, iPad, or Android. Interestingly, this program lets you create a custom route on the map to make your new location look more realistic.

Key features of FoneGeek Location Changer:

  • Instantly teleport your iMessage location to anywhere worldwide.
  • Compatible with social media apps, dating apps, AR games, etc.
  • Use a joystick to simulate GPS movement when playing games.
  • Simulate GPS location with customized routes.


Steps to stop sharing location without notifying iMessage using FoneGeek Location Changer:

Step 1. Install and run FoneGeek Location Changer on your PC, then tap Get Started.

change location mode

Step 2. Connect your iPhone/iPad to the computer using a USB cable, and you'll see your live location on the map.

connect ios device

Step 3. Now choose the Teleport Mode in the top-right corner, then enter your new GPS coordinates or address in the search tool at the top-left corner.

select a location on the map

Step 4. After selecting a destination, click Move to change your iMessage location instantly. All location-based apps on your phone will display the new location.

FAQs about iMessage Location Sharing on iPhone/iPad

Is it safe to share my location on iMessage?

Yes, sharing your location on iMessage is secure because all data goes through iCloud. However, ensure you are comfortable sharing your live whereabouts with specific contacts on iMessage. The thing is that some people don't secure their phones using passcodes, or they are not trustworthy.

How do I know which device’s location I’m sharing in iMessage?

As you may already know, iMessage can share your live location on iPad, iPhone, and Mac. Unfortunately, knowing the device that is sharing its live location with your contacts is confusing. You can open the Find My app and tap the Me button. Then tap the i icon to see the device sharing your live coordinates.

How do I know who I’m sharing my location with in iMessage?

Instead of scrolling through each message thread on the Messages app, you can also know the contacts who can access your iMessage location on the Find My app. Simply open the app, then tap People to view the contact who "Can see your location" on iMessage. You can follow the methods above to disable location-sharing with these contacts.

Will Apple notify me if someone checks my iMessage location?

No, you won't receive a notification if someone checks your live location on the iMessage app. If you let some of your contacts access your location on iMessage, they can view it as long as they want, and you won't get a notification.


After reading this guide, you should easily stop sharing location without notifying iMessage. While all the free methods above will stop sharing your location on iMessage, it's important to remember that your contacts will see your live location when you turn on Location Services or disable the Airplane Mode. So, use FoneGeek Location Changer to spoof your iMessage location without notifying the app or your contacts. Download it and have a try!

Fay J. Melton

Fay J. Melton has explored the area of technology and software for more than 5 years and he is enthusiastic about helping users solve various technology issues.

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