Location sharing has become a popular feature in many applications, allowing us to keep track of friends and family or to find our way around new places. However, with this convenience comes potential risks and dangers associated with sharing personal information with others. In this article, we will explore how to check who you are sharing your location with, offer tips for staying safe, provide real-life examples, and discuss the importance of privacy in location sharing apps.

Checking who you’re sharing your location with

One of the first things you should do when using location-sharing apps is to check who you’re sharing your location with. The process varies depending on the app you are using, but we will offer some general steps for popular apps that utilize location sharing, including Google Maps, Facebook, and iPhone’s Find My app.

To check who you’re sharing your location with on Google Maps, follow these simple steps:

  1. Open the Google Maps app on your device
  2. Click on your profile picture in the top right corner of the screen
  3. Click “Location Sharing” from the dropdown menu
  4. You can now see who you are sharing your location with and edit the settings to select who can view your location, and for how long.

Similarly, to check who you’re sharing your location with on Facebook, do the following:

  1. Open the Facebook app on your device
  2. Tap on the three horizontal lines at the top right corner of the screen
  3. Scroll down until you see “Settings & Privacy” and tap on it
  4. Select “Privacy Shortcuts”
  5. Choose “Manage your location settings”
  6. You can now see who you’re sharing your location with and make changes accordingly.

Finally, if you are using the iPhone’s Find My app, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Find My app on your iPhone
  2. Tap on the “People” tab at the bottom of the screen
  3. You can now see who you’re sharing your location with and make changes to the settings.

Tips for staying safe

While sharing your location with trusted individuals can be helpful, there are certain precautions you should take to stay safe. Firstly, only share your location with people you trust. If you are unsure of who to share your location with, it is better to err on the side of caution and not share it at all.

Another tip for staying safe while sharing your location is to avoid public Wi-Fi networks. Hackers can use public Wi-Fi to access your personal information without your permission. Instead, use secure networks or your mobile data plan to share your location.

Real-life examples/Case studies

There have been many instances where individuals have experienced negative consequences due to sharing their location. For example, in 2018, a fitness tracking app called Strava accidentally shared the location data of military soldiers, potentially compromising their safety. Also, there have been cases of individuals being stalked or harassed after sharing their location with others without proper precautions in place.

To avoid situations such as these, it’s important to only share your location with trusted individuals and to control who has access to your location data.

Importance of controlling your privacy

It is crucial to know how to control your privacy when using location-sharing apps. You should always read the privacy policy of an app before installing, to know what you’re sharing with the app developer and what they can use it for.

Additionally, checking and editing the location-sharing settings of an app regularly can help ensure that you are in control of your location data and who has access to it. Keep in mind that privacy settings can be changed during upgrades, so it’s a good idea to check them each time you update an app.

Protecting your personal information

Protecting your personal information is important when using location-sharing apps. In addition to regularly checking your location-sharing settings, you can also take other steps to protect your information. For example, only install apps from reputable sources. Be wary of free apps as they may be using your location data to generate revenue.

Additionally, always be cautious and aware of what you are giving up when sharing your location with an app, consider what kinds of information can be inferred or deduced from your location data and adjust your location sharing settings accordingly to keep your privacy and personal information safe.


In conclusion, location sharing can be a helpful tool, but it also has its dangers. It is important to know who you’re sharing your location information with, and take control of your privacy settings to ensure you stay safe online. Be sure to practice caution when sharing your location, only sharing it with individuals you trust, review privacy policies, and regularly check your security and sharing settings.

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By Happy Sharer

Hi, I'm Happy Sharer and I love sharing interesting and useful knowledge with others. I have a passion for learning and enjoy explaining complex concepts in a simple way.

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