“Share ETA” is among the very best functions to come from iOS 13– if you and your friends are Apple Maps users, that is. And when you’ve upgraded to iOS 14.5, the most recent variation of Apple’s mobile os, you’ll be able to send out ETAs to pals when you’re cycling or walking, too. Take that, vehicles.
The charm of Share ETA is that it permits you to send automated notifications to iOS or Android users who may require to know your arrival time, including any unexpected hold-ups that may impact your journey. And if your pals are iOS users, they’ll likewise have the ability to see where you are on a live map, if they’re actually curious what’s taking so long.
If you’ve never used the Share ETA feature before, it’s simple. Bring Up Apple Maps and enter in a location you’re heading, much like you normally would. Select your method of transportation (driving is the default, as constantly, but tap on the walking or cycling icon, if needed).
As soon as your instructions turn up and you’re ready to begin your trip, tap on the destination (or up arrow) on the lower part of your screen– the “path card”– and tap on the big “Share ETA” icon.
When you do, you’ll see a list of your most-recent contacts (for simpler sharing), along with an icon that you can tap to access anyone on your Contacts list.
Whoever you share your area with will get an immediate alert (or text, if they’re on Android) that you’re on your method. iOS users will get a little link to Apple Maps, which they can use to view your development. Android users will get text if, or when, your ETA modifications significantly as an outcome of unanticipated hold-ups.
I think your contact will not get a notice that you’ve come to your destination, however, so do not expect them to come out as soon as you arrive. You’ll still need to bug them independently to let them know you get here.
You can also share your ETA with several individuals at the same time. And, if you make a mistake or no longer need to provide someone status updates on your location, simply tap the sharing link at the bottom of your on-screen directions and tap on the person to turn sharing off.
You can constantly share your ETA for a particular destination, too
If you wish to get back at fancier, you can set up automatic ETA alerts for whenever you’re taking a trip to a specific location. Said area just has to already remain in your Favorites in Apple Maps (which includes your default house or work addresses). It’s an useful trick if, state, you always want your partner to know your arrival time whenever you’re heading home from something (or if you have a kid and require to know theirs for some additional comfort).
To set it up, pull up Apple Maps and tap on “See All” to the right of the Favorites header. Tap on the “i” icon to the right of any of the listed locations. You’ll now see a “Share ETA” field. Tap on Include Person to do just that. Now, whenever you require instructions to that area, it’ll instantly ping that person with your ETA.