iOS 17 adds a feature called Check In for Messages that’s pretty cool. It’s a feature for when a user wants to notify a family member or friend that they have made it to their destination safely.
After a user initiates a Check In, their friend or family member will automatically be notified as soon as the user arrives.
If they’re not making progress toward their destination, information will be temporarily shared with the selected contact, such as the device’s location, battery level, and cell service status. Apple says all information that’s shared is end-to-end encrypted.
Here’s how to start a Check In:
° In the Messages app, go to the conversation with the person you want to check in with.
° Tap the plus button (+) to the left of the text field.
° Select Check In.
° You can choose how much information you share with people. The Limited option shares your current location and details about the battery status and network signal for your iPhone and your Apple Watch.The Full option includes that data plus the route you’ve taken and information on your last iPhone unlock or Apple Watch removal.
° Make your choice and tap Continue.
° Tap Send a Check In to continue.
If you decide to change the Check In info, you can tap the edit button to change your destination or set your Check In to a specific time. Once you send your Check In, a text will appear in your conversation that shows your destination and your estimated time of arrival (ETA).
If you decide to cancel your Check In,tap the Details button on the Check In message and choose the Cancel Check In option.
If you get delayed on your journey, you’ll receive a prompt from Check In to add time to your trip. If you don’t respond within 15 minutes, Check In will alert the people you’ve checked in with, sending the location data you’ve agreed to share. Once you do add time, your ETA will be updated.
If you don’t check in at their declared destination,Apple says your location, battery level, cell service status and last active time will be shared with select contacts, Apple says.