Taylor Swift’s The Tormented Poet’s Division, her latest studio album, was just released — and the song “Black Dog” has sparked discussions about tracking locations.

In the reflective tune, Swift shared that her former partner failed to disable her tracking privileges, allowing her to observe him entering a pub named Black Dog.

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Given all the buzz around location tracking, you might be curious about how to accomplish it yourself.

How to employ your iPhone to trace your partner’s location

Initially, it’s crucial to acknowledge that you cannot trace someone’s location without their consent. Therefore, before you start monitoring anyone’s location, they must authorize you to track their movements.

Here’s a brief guide on how to stay informed about your loved ones — for their safety, of course.

1. Select the “Messages” app.


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2. Pick the friend or family member you wish to surveil.

3. Tap the “+” icon.

Red arrow pointing to plus sign in iOS


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4. Select “Location.”

Red arrow pointing to vocation in iOS


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5. You might receive a prompt asking for permission to use your location in “Messages.” Click “Allow While Using App.”

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6. Tap the blue arrow to send the location request.

Red arrow pointing to blue arrow on iOS


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If your request for their location is approved, you will receive a notification and access a small map to view your loved one’s present location.

UI of location tracking in Messages


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You can click on it to get directions or share it with others.