How Track someone’s location through Facebook Messenger

The era of massive digitalisation has made tracking a person’s location abundantly easy. Gone are the days when you needed an integrated system of 2-3 computers and a genius mind to track somebody’s location. Now it can be done using just messenger applications. Facebook messenger offers a service through which you can track the location of your peers without having any extraordinary cognizance about tracking. All you need is a Facebook profile, and, no wait, that’s it. If you have a Facebook profile, you can track anyone from the messenger app.

Tracking location does not mandate for you to be a tech-savvy. It can be done in 3 simple ways. Let’s take a look at them.

3 Ways to Track someone’s location through Facebook messenger

Shared location

Like many other messenger apps, Facebook messenger allows you to share your live location with a friend or family. If you are out running some errands and want someone to keep a watch on your location, you can share the live location with them from the app. This also makes meeting up with friends quite easy, as you can let them know about your precise location by sharing the same.

To do this, make sure that you are logged in through the Facebook messenger app. Now, open the chat box of the person you want to share your location with. Locate the 4 dots icon which is situated at the bottom left corner of your screen and click. You will be presented with an option that says “location”. In the next page, click on “share live location” and your current location will be shared with the person.

The best part about the live location feature is, even if you move from your current location, your peer will be informed of your updated location. After the purpose of the live location is fulfilled, you can press the end button.

Facebook Tags

Facebook hashtags is another utilitarian way to track the location of a person. Since hashtags are widely used by people on Facebook, keeping a tab on someone’s location can be easy if they have uploaded the relevant tags. For this, type the location tab on the search bar of the Facebook.

If the person you are tracking has posted the location tag, you can click on it and press “show location”. This action will automatically open the google maps, if you have enabled it on your device, and the precise location of the person will be displayed on the screen. This method works only if the person you wish to track has enabled their location and posted a location tag.

Also, if the person moves from their current location, you will not be informed about the same like in case of live location, unless the person uploads their updated location on Facebook.

Tracking nearby friends

You must have noticed an option that says “nearby friends” every time you open the menu of Facebook. This tab allows you to know the location of all the friends who are currently near your own location. This function will work only if your peer has enabled their phone’s location feature and you have done the same as well.

 To track someone using this feature, log into your Facebook account. Open the menu by tapping the three vertical line symbol situated at the top right corner of the screen. Locate the tab that says “nearby friends”. You will be given an option to share your live location with your peers.

You might have to enable the location feature of your phone if it was hitherto disabled. Once you have done that, you will be able to see the list of all the peers that have enabled their locations through Facebook. You can ping your friends and arrange a meeting if need be.


The location tracking feature of the Facebook messenger has made hanging out with peers abundantly easy. The era when you had to incessantly call your friends and ask them where are they, are a thing of the past. Now, the present and live locations can be shared with a few simple taps on the messenger app. The ways I have just expounded will allow you to track the location of your peers right from Facebook.


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