10 Proven Fixes for Share Location Unavailable on iOS 17/17.5.1

Share My Location Unavailable Error Pops Up on iPhone

Don’t ignore the “Share My Location Unavailable” error if it pops up on your iPhone. Location Sharing is a safety feature that lets you and your loved ones request assistance fast during emergencies. I keep it enabled 24/7 for this reason. If you’re having trouble sending your live location, try these troubleshooting steps—they address the most likely causes behind Location Sharing issues.

Why Is My iPhone Saying Share My Location Unavailable?

There are several possible reasons why Location Sharing is unavailable on your iPhone. See if your Location Services are disabled, your iOS version is outdated, or your Find My app settings are not configured. Likewise, hardware defects and physical damage could affect your iPhone’s GPS receivers.

How Do I Fix Location Sharing Not Working?

1. Turn On Share My Location on Find My

Time needed: 5 minutes

See if Share My Location is enabled on the Find My settings. It’s a simple yet easy-to-overlook solution, especially if you rarely configure your phone’s Location Services. Here’s how to turn on Share My Location:

  1. Go to Settings > [your Apple ID] > Find My.

    Find My Section on iOS System Settings Apple ID

  2. Toggle on the button for Share My Location.

    Share My Location Toggle Button Find My

  3. While you’re there, configure the My Location section and set it to This Device. You can skip this step if you’re not using your primary device, i.e., one that you always carry around everywhere.

    My Location Toggle Button on Find My

2. Turn On Location Services

Open Settings > Privacy & Security > Location Services and toggle on the button beside Location Services. Your iPhone can’t determine your location if this feature is disabled.

3. Manually Add and Remove People on Find My

Add and remove users to the People tab on Find My manually. The process could take quite some time if you’re working with a long list, so start with one or two contacts first.

  1. Open Find My and go to the People Tab.
    Opening the People Tab in Find My App
  2. If the person you’re trying to send your location is already listed, tap on their name and select Remove [name].
    Removing User from People Tab in Find My
  3. Tap the plus symbol (+) at the top-right corner of the People window and select Share My Location.
    Share My Location With Another User on Find My
  4. Find a contact with whom to share your location and select how long to turn on Location Sharing.

4. Turn on Find My iPhone

Double-check if Find My iPhone is enabled. A prompt should pop up asking you to turn it on when you first open Find My, although you can also activate it through Settings.

  1. Go to Settings > [your Apple ID] > Find My.
    The Find My Section Settings on Apple ID Profile
  2. Tap Find My and toggle on the button for Find My iPhone.
    Toggle Button for Find My iPhone on Find My

5. Check Your Network Connection

Try different Wi-Fi and cellular networks. You can only send live locations if you’re connected to the internet. If your device is offline, Find My will only show your last known location on the map.

6. Set a Passcode on Your iPhone

On iOS 17 versions, you can only share your live location from passcode-protected devices.

  1. Open Settings > Face ID & Passcode.
    Section for Face ID and Passcode in System Settings
  2. Select Turn Passcode On and input your desired code.
    Turn Passcode on Option for iOS Device
  3. Go to Find My and manually add users to the People tab. After you set Location Sharing to Share Indefinitely, you can remove your passcode again.
Note icon NOTE
Please consider turning on your passcode permanently. It serves as your first layer of defense against thieves, plus it enables Stolen Device Protection for your iPhone.

7. Check Location Sharing Settings Under Family Sharing

See if Location Sharing is enabled for your listed family. If you turn off this feature, users won’t see your live location even after you add them to your People list on Find My.

  1. Go to Settings > [your Apple ID] > Family Sharing.
  2. Open Location Sharing.
    The Location Sharing Settings Section on Find My
  3. Toggle on the buttons for the users under Share Your Location With. You can also turn on Automatically Share Location for any new users you add to your family.
    Configuring the Location Sharing Settings on Find My

8. Adjust Your iPhone’s Date and Time

Incorrect timestamps can occasionally cause Location Services to malfunction—see if you set the wrong date, time, or time zone by accident.

  1. Open Settings > General > Date & Time.
  2. Toggle off Set Automatically if you want to adjust the date and time manually. But if you enable it, ensure you use the correct time zone.
    Adjusting the Date and Time on iPhone

9. Restart your iPhone

Restart your iPhone and try the above quick fixes again. A hard reboot could clear the processes and minor glitches interfering with Location Services.

10. Update to the Latest iOS

Based on my experience, specific iOS versions are more prone to Location Sharing issues. Try repeating the above troubleshooting process after you’ve upgraded to the latest iOS version available—you might get better results.

  1. Go to Settings > General > Software Update.
  2. Download and Install the latest version available.
    Download iOS 17.5 Beta
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Consider switching to a Stable iOS version if you’re seeing these Location Sharing issues on Public Beta and Developer Beta versions.

Contact Apple Support if Share My Location is still unavailable on your iPhone even after troubleshooting. They might have to check for hardware issues. In the meantime, you can continue checking if specific users can see your live location on Find My.

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