How to Stop Sharing Location With Someone Without Them Knowing [Android And iPhone Tips]

There are many reasons to share your location with family or friends – the most important one being safety. However, it can get rather awkward when you decide to stop sharing your Location with someone, and the person sees a message or notification about it. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be so awkward.

In this article, we will share the best tips on how to stop sharing Location with someone without them knowing. And no, not for iPhone users only – we will also discuss how to stop sharing location on Android and Google maps.

How To Stop Sharing Location With Someone Without Them Knowing

To stop sharing Location with someone without them knowing, you can turn off Share My Location from your iPhone settings.

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Scroll down and select Privacy > Location Services > Share My Location
  3. Toggle off Share My Location

Alternatively, if you want to stop sharing your location for just a period, you can turn on Airplane mode and turn it back on when you want to continue sharing your Location. To turn on airplane mode;

  1. Swipe up from the bottom of your phone or swipe down from the top right corner of your phone (if your iPhone does not have a home button)
  2. Tap the airplane icon to turn on or turn off Airplane mode
  3. You can also turn off airplane mode from settings. Simply open the Settings app ad toggle off or on Airplane Mode

Method 2: Use Find My app

Using the Find My app;

  1. Open the Find My app
  2. Tap the Me icon from the bottom navigation
  3. Toggle off Share My Location

Method 3: Use GPS Spoofer

As we all know, there is an app for everything. So, another way to stop sharing your Location with someone without them knowing is by using a GPS spoofer or VPN. You can use a GPS spoofer or VPN app to hide or change your Location. Some of these apps have different features, so be sure to check them out. You should also avoid downloading malicious apps – check the reviews, downloads, and ratings of any app you choose to download to ensure it is legit.

Method 4: Use another device as location

Instead of stopping location share, you can simply use another of your devices as your location. To do this;

  1. Go to Settings on the second device
  2. Sign in with your Apple ID if you aren’t already signed in
  3. Click on your name or Apple ID and select Find My
  4. Click on Use This iPhone as My Location

Method 5:  Turn of Location Services

You can also turn off Location Services from settings to stop your phone from updating and tracking your Location. However, you should note that this will also stop sharing your Location with apps that use location services.

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Scroll down and select Privacy > Location Services
  3. Toggle off Location Services

Method 6: Turn off location access

If you are sharing your Location with someone on a specific app, and you want to stop the sharing without them knowing, you can turn off the location access for that app.

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Scroll down and select Privacy > Location Services
  3. Scroll down to find the app on the list and click on it
  4. Under Allow Location Access, select Never

Read also: How to Ping a Phone to Find Its Location

How To Stop Sharing Location Without Them Knowing On Find My Friends

To stop sharing Location without anyone knowing on Find My Friends, you can turn off Share My Location from your phone’s settings or the Find My app. You can also do this by disabling location access for the Find My app or by tuning on Airplane Mode.

To turn off location sharing from iPhone settings;

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Scroll down and select Privacy > Location Services > Share My Location
  3. Toggle off Share My Location

To turn off location sharing from the Find My app;

  1. Open the Find My app
  2. Tap the Me icon from the bottom navigation
  3. Toggle off Share My Location

To disable location access for the Find My app or any other app;

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Scroll down and select Privacy > Location Services
  3. Scroll down to the Find My app (or any other app on the list) and click on it
  4. Under Allow Location Access, select Never

You can also follow some of the other tips mentioned in this article to stop sharing location with someone without them knowing.

Read also: Can Someone Track My Phone If My Location Is Off?

How To Stop Sharing Location On iMessage

To stop sharing your location on iMessage;

  1. Open iMessage and go to the chat of the person with whom you are sharing your Location
  2. Click on the person’s profile and select Stop Sharing My Location

NOTE: This method would leave a notification in the chat that you have stopped sharing your Location

To stop sharing your Location with someone on iMessage without them knowing;

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Scroll down and select Privacy > Location Services > Share My Location
  3. Toggle off Share My Location

You can also turn off Share My Location from the Find My app using method 2 in the section above or turn off location access for iMessage with these steps;

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Scroll down and select Privacy > Location Services
  3. Find iMessage on the list and click on it
  4. Under Allow Location Access, select Never

Finally, when sharing your Location with someone on iMessage, you can choose if you want it to be shared for an hour, till the end of the day, or indefinitely. After the time elapses, it will simply expire, saving you the stress of having to turn it off. However, doing this will leave a notification in your chat with the person that you stopped sharing your Location.

To do this;

  1. Open iMessage and go to the chat of the person with whom you are sharing your Location
  2. Click on the person’s profile and select Share My Location
  3. Choose Share for One Hour or Share Until End of Day

How To Stop Sharing Location On Android

To stop sharing location on Android;

  1. Swipe down from the top of your screen to access the Quick Settings tray
  2. Check through the options to find the location icon (an inverted drop of water)
  3. You can swipe across (or swipe down for Android 11 or earlier) to see more options if you can’t find the location icon
  4. Tap the location icon to turn your location off
  5. You can also press and hold on the location icon to open your location settings or tap the settings icon and select Location
  6. Then, toggle off Use location

NOTE: If you can’t find the location icon even after swiping across (or down), you can click on the pencil icon at the top or bottom of the quick settings tray to see all the options available.

To stop sharing Location on any specific app on Android;

  1. Swipe down from the top of your screen to access the Quick Settings tray
  2. Find and press and hold on the location icon to view location settings
  3. Click on App permission or App location permissions
  4. Select the app in which you want to disable location access and choose Don’t allow

How To Stop Sharing Location On Google Maps

To stop sharing Location with someone on Google Maps;

  1. Open the Google Maps app
  2. Click on your profile and tap Location Sharing
  3. Click on the profile of the person with whom you wish to stop sharing your Location
  4. Click on Stop

How To Delete Sharing Location Message

There is no known way to delete the sharing location message in the iMessage app, i.e., the message that says when you start or stop sharing Location with someone along with a timestamp. However, there are some alternatives to try out. For example, you can send a picture or a few pictures to push the message out of sight and distract the person from noticing the message. It could be pictures of you, a mutual friend, memes, or funny videos – anything that can cause a distraction.

If you have authorized access to the person’s phone, you can delete the conversation before the person sees the message. You can also blame it on a glitch or say it was an accident. To avoid this situation completely, you should use the methods mentioned earlier in this article to stop sharing location with someone without them knowing.

Can I Change My Sharing Location?

Yes, you can change your sharing location. If you have two devices, you can set your Location to be the Location of either device. To do this;

  1. Go to Settings on the second device
  2. Sign in with your Apple ID if you aren’t already signed in
  3. Click on your name or Apple ID and select Find My
  4. Click on Use This iPhone as My Location

You can also change or hide your Location using VPNs or GPS spoofer apps. Some of these apps have different features, so be sure to check them out. You should also avoid downloading malicious apps – check the reviews, downloads, and ratings of any app you choose to download to ensure it is legit. Some trusted apps for changing your Location are UltFone iOS Location Changer, iMyFone AnyTo, iToolab AnyGo, and Nord VPN.

Read also: Why Is My Location Wrong on My Android Phone?

Why Did My Location Suddenly Stop Sharing?

If your Location suddenly stops sharing, then you must’ve chosen the option for it to share your location with someone for some time – either an hour or until the end of the day.

When you want to start sharing your Location with someone through iMessage or the Contacts app, you are offered the option of sharing for an hour, until the end of the day, or indefinitely.

If you choose either of the first two options, then after the time elapses, your phone will leave a notification in your iMessage conversation with the person saying you stopped sharing your Location. If you don’t want your phone to stop sharing your location, you should select Share Indefinitely instead.

Location Services

Another reason your Location might suddenly stop sharing is if you turn off Location Services while sharing your Location with someone. With this, you might not see the message in your conversation with the person saying you stopped sharing your Location, but you might see a prompt telling you to enable location services to use the Location sharing feature.

To turn on location services;

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Scroll down and select Privacy > Location Services
  3. Toggle on Location Services

Conclusion

Now that you know how to stop sharing location with someone without them knowing, you can safely avoid the awkwardness and questions that come with it. This article discusses everything from secretly stopping your location share to changing your Location. Asides from hiding from your spouse or family, hiding or changing your Location can also come in handy with location-based apps.