How do I set up my friend

Set up and use Find Friends in iOS 12 or earlier

Use Find My Friends in iOS 12 or earlier to find your friends and family easily from your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple Watch, or iCloud.com. In iOS 13 or later, use the Find My app instead. or the Find People app on watchOS 6 or later.

If you have iOS 13, iPadOS, macOS Catalina, or later, the Where is? App summarizes Combine the Find My iPhone and Find Friends apps in one app. Set up the Where is? App and turn on Find My [device] to get started. If your Apple Watch has watchOS 6 or later, use the Find People app to share your location with friends and family.

First steps

  • Use iOS 8 through iOS 12 on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
  • Use watchOS 3 through watchOS 5 on Apple Watch.
  • If the Find My Friends app isn't already installed on your device, you can download it from the App Store.
  • Make sure the web browser on your Mac or PC is up to date.

Set up "Find friends"

Find My Friends is automatically installed on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 9 through iOS 12. If your device is using iOS 8, install the free Find My Friends app from the App Store. When you sign in to iCloud on your device, you are automatically signed in to Find Friends with your Apple ID at the same time.

To receive Find My Friends notifications on your Apple Watch, go to the Apple Watch app on your iPhone. Then go to the My Watch tab, tap Notifications, scroll down, tap Find Friends, then tap to turn on Mirror iPhone Alerts. If you're using watchOS 4 or 5, you can also turn on notifications on your Apple Watch. Go to Settings> General> Location Services, then turn on Share My Location.

You can also use Find Friends on iCloud.com or through Family Sharing to share your location with your family.

Location sharing is not supported in South Korea and may not be available in other regions due to applicable laws.

add friends

To use Find Friends, make sure your friends have the app installed on their respective device. You can only add friends using the Find My Friends app on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

  1. Open "Find Friends".
  2. Tap on "Add".
  3. Then select a friend or enter their email address. Then tap "Submit" or "Done" to send the request.

After your friends have given their consent to their location information, you can see their location in a list, on a map in the Find My Friends app, or on iCloud.com.

You can specify which email address you want to send requests to friends from:

  • On your iPhone or iPod touch, tap Me> Send From.
  • On your iPad, tap List> Me> About> Send From.

If you don't want to receive requests from friends:

  • On an iPhone or iPod touch, tap Me> Allow Requests (under Invitations) to turn this feature off.
  • On an iPad, tap List> Me> Allow Requests (under Invitations) to turn this feature off.

With the Find My Friends app, you can only see your friends and their locations on iCloud.com, or change settings for sharing your location. You must be using an iOS device to add friends.

Hide your location

You can hide your location or stop sharing it with friends. To do this, proceed as follows:

Open Find My Friends, then tap Me. Then deactivate the option "Share my location".

Tap on "Done". Under Me, you will see the message “Location will not be shared” at the bottom of the screen.

Stop sharing your location

If you don't want your friends to see your location in Find My Friends, turn off sharing in the app on your iOS device or on iCloud.com. You can still see your friends' location, but when they try to locate you, they'll see "Location not available".

On the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch:

  1. Go to Settings> [your name].
  2. If you're using iOS 12, tap Share My Location. If you're using an older version of iOS, tap iCloud> Share My Location.
  3. Turn off "Share my location".

On iCloud.com:

  1. Sign in to iCloud.com and open Find My Friends.
  2. Choose "I".
  3. Turn off the "Share my location" option.

Use "Find friends" on multiple devices

You can use Find My Friends on any iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Apple Watch you own. However, only a single iOS device and a paired Apple Watch with cellular can transmit your location to people who follow you. You can change the device to the device you are currently using in Find My Friends:

  • On your iPhone or iPod touch, tap Me, then tap This Device under Share My Location From.
  • On an iPad, tap List> Me> About, then tap a device under Share My Location From.

"Share location from" is only displayed if you are currently searching for friends, "Where is" on multiple devices. or "Search people" are logged in.

Send and accept location requests

Your friends can send you a request to be able to follow your location. If you accept such a request, that person can then see your location. If you want to see that person's location, you have to invite them and they have to accept your invitation.

If you accept a request from a friend you don't follow, a follow request will be automatically sent to your friend.

Maximum number of friends and people who follow you

  • You can follow up to 100 friends.
  • Up to 100 friends can follow you.

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