Set up family location sharing

Find your family on a map

Make sure your family is set up to share their location with each other. In the Microsoft Family Safety app, each person manages their own settings for location sharing, so it’s best to set these up together.

Setting up location sharing is a two-step process.

Step 1: Make sure device permissions are allowed. Each device will be slightly different based on the make and model. Look for these device-level settings under general location and battery settings, or in your device settings under the Family Safety app.

Android devices:

  • Google Location Accuracy is On

  • Battery optimization is Off

  • Location access is Allowed


  • Location access is Always allowed

  • Precise location is on

Step 2: In the Family Safety app, turn on location sharing.

Go to Settings > tap on the logged in user (You) > tap Share your location > Turn on location sharing 

Each family member can choose to share their location with the Family Safety Share your location setting. If an organizer wants to help someone share their location, they’ll need access to the family member’s device. 

Note: We are working on building a new experience for the family map on the web. The family map is available in the Family Safety app on Android and iOS. 

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