How to Fix “Location Not Available” on iPhone

Keep seeing “Location Not Available” while tracking a friend’s location in iMessage or Find My on your iPhone? It is a problem that is quite easy to solve. However, you may need to ask your friend for help.


So without further ado, let’s see what it takes to fix the “Location Not Available” error on an iPhone.


What you can do on your iPhone

Sometimes the Messages or the Find My app can go down and result in the “Location not available” error. The fastest way to fix this is to force quit and restart the app in question. If that doesn’t work, restart your iPhone.

Force close messages or Find My

To force quit Messages or Find My, start by swiping up from the bottom of the screen to bring up the app switcher. If you have an iPhone with a Home button, press the House twice instead. Then find the Messages or Find my card and swipe it up. Follow that by restarting Messages or Find My.

How to Restart Your iPhone

To reboot your iPhone, just open the Settings app and tap General > Shut down. Once the screen goes black, wait a few seconds and hold the Side or the Top until you see the Apple logo.

What your friend can do on their side

If the above two solutions didn’t help, then you need to shift your focus to your friend’s iPhone. During a conversation, walk them through the solutions below. Or share this post with them to fix the “Location not available” error.

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Toggle Share My Location

Disabling and re-enabling Share My Location in Find My preferences can help an iPhone rebroadcast its location. Go to Settings > Apple ID > Find my and put the switch next to Share my location off and then on.

Share the location in Messages and find my weather

Then turn off and turn on location sharing in the Messages or Find My app:

  • In Messages: Tap the profile picture at the top of the iMessage chat and select Stop sharing my location > Share my location.
  • In Find My: Switch to the People tab, tap the contact’s name and select Stop sharing location. Then tap the Plus icon, select Share my locationand start sharing locations again.

Restart iPhone

Again, go to Settings > General > Shut down to turn off the device. Then press and hold the Side or Top button to restart it.

Check the date and time

An incorrect date or time can also cause problems with location sharing. To check this, go to Settings > General > Date Time. If the date or time is wrong, turn the switch next to Set up automatically to get the correct date and time from Apple’s servers. If this does not help, deactivate the switch and manually set the correct time.

Switch to mobile data

Spotty Wi-Fi can also play a role, so try to use cellular or cellular data instead. To do this, open the iPhones Control Center (swipe down from the top right corner of the screen or swipe up from the bottom if your iPhone has a Home button) and tap the Wi-Fi icon to disable it. If cellular data is active, iPhone should start using it automatically. If not, tap the mobile icon to activate it.

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Sharing your location isn’t always a good idea

Tracking location can be a double-edged sword. While it enables valuable features like location sharing in iMessage and Find My, various third-party apps and services can also use them for nefarious purposes. That said, learn what you can do to next find and disable unwanted location tracking on your iPhone.

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