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Why Does It Say Location Not Available on iMessage? How to Fix Easily

Ever tried to share your location on iMessage, only to face the frustrating 'Location Not Available' message? Especially for those who heavily rely on iMessage for staying connected with friends, family, or colleagues, encountering this issue is bothersome. A number of users have reported facing location-related problems with iMessage, particularly after updating to the latest iOS 17.

It's a common snag, but we've got your back. In this guide, we'll share some useful tips to help you fix the 'iMessage location not available' issue or manually set your iMessage location to wherever you want.

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Why Does It Say Location Not Available Mean on iMessage?

"Location Not Available" on iMessage simply means that iMessage couldn't determine or share the sender's location at that moment. It's similar to not being able to send a location pin. There are several reasons behind this:

Location Services Disabled

If the sender has disabled location services for iMessage, or they haven't given permission to access their location, iMessage can't fetch the location and shows this message.

No Internet Connection

iMessage relies on internet connectivity to share locations. If the sender doesn't have an active internet connection, the app won't be able to determine the current location, resulting in the "Location Not Available" message.

Outdated Version

Running an outdated version of the iMessage app or the iPhone's iOS system can lead to compatibility issues, including problems with location services.

GPS or Hardware Issues

Problems with the GPS or location hardware on iPhone can make it difficult to pinpoint the location accurately, resulting in this error.

Use iMessage on an Apple Device

iMessage ensures encryption for conversations between users using Apple IDs. However, it's important to know that iMessages sent through iMessage in the cloud aren't encrypted. Additionally, if you're using iMessage in the cloud on a non-Apple device, your location won't be shared.

How to Fix "Location Not Available" on iMessage?

We have solutions for different reasons causing this issue on your iPhone. If you get the 'location unavailable' error, try these fixes to see what works. Each fix tackles a different possible cause, so it might take some trial and error to find the right one.

Enable Location Services for iMessage

The first thing to do is ensure you've granted the right permissions for iMessage. Follow these steps:

  • Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
  • Scroll down and tap on "Privacy".
  • Find and tap on "Location Services".
  • Ensure that the toggle for "Location Services" is switched on.
  • Scroll further to see the list of apps under "Location Service".
  • Confirm that both "Find My" and "Messages" have permission to access your location. If not, tap on them and change the permission to "While Using".

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Now, head back to the main Settings menu, tap on your Apple ID at the top and search for "Find My". Enable "Share My Location" here. If this toggle is off, you won't be able to share your location via iMessage.

These permissions are essential for sharing your location on iMessage. If you've made sure all the permissions are enabled and still face the issue, it might be due to another reason.

Sharing Your Location from the Right Device

Sometimes, sharing your location from multiple devices can cause problems, especially if you've switched from one iPhone to another. To fix this, follow these steps:

  • Go to Settings app on your iPhone and tap on your Apple ID at the top.
  • You'll see a list of devices connected to your iCloud account, including the old iPhone. Tap on the old iPhone, then select "Remove from account".

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Once you click on "Remove", the problem should disappear if it was indeed caused by this particular issue.

Check the Network

iMessage operates over the internet, not using regular SMS like traditional messaging services. If you see the "location not available iPhone iMessage" error when someone shares a location, it probably means your device isn't connected to WiFi or mobile data as it should be. To fix this, switch between WiFi and mobile data.

Here’s how you can do that:

  • Open the Control Center and disable the Mobile Data switch.
  • Next, tap on the WiFi option.
  • Choose the WiFi network you want to connect to and connect the device to Wifi.

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Update iOS

Regularly updating your iPhone is essential to avoid problems. It ensures your iPhone runs smoothly and resolves any bugs or issues. Updating to the latest version is the easiest and quickest way to address problems. Here are the steps to follow up:

  • Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
  • Tap on "General" from the menu.
  • Select "Software Update".
  • Then, tap on "Download and Install".

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Note: If you get a message asking you to temporarily delete apps to allow iOS to update, choose either "Continue" or "Cancel".

Set iPhone Location Manually When iMessage Location Is Not Available

If you're unable to share your location using the iMessage app on your iPhone, you can manually set the location. ClipDown Location Changer lets you pick any location on the map, making it easier to share specific locations. Additionally, it can modify the real-time location for all apps that rely on location information, like Instagram and Snapchat.

Furthermore, this tool is easy to use, and you don't need any technical skills to handle it, even on the latest iOS 17. It's available for both Windows and macOS. Additionally, you can customize the route and walking speed, which is particularly useful for games like Pokemon GO.

  • Connect your iPhone to computer and open ClipDown Location Changer. Then click on "Start" option on the interface.
  • Once you're in, ClipDown Location Changer will display where your iPhone is currently located.
  • Now, choose "Teleport" and type in the area you want to go to using the Search feature.
  • Once you've entered the location, ClipDown Location Changer will take you there virtually. To start the virtual journey, click on "Move".

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The location you've selected using this tool will be what shows up as your real-time location on your device.


It's frustrating to receive the "Location not available on iPhone" message, especially when you're trying to track someone's location. However, the solutions mentioned above can help you overcome this issue. If you're not at a certain location but want someone to think you are, you can use a GPS spoofer like ClipDown Location Changer. This way, you can share your iMessage location and maintain your privacy.

Justin B. Davis
Oct 11,2023 13:48:38 Post By Justin B. Davis to ClipDown Blog Center

Justin is a technical expert who loves technology and a big video fan. He writes about helpful video tips, reviews and tutorials.

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