How to set up and use Find my Friends

Everything you need to know about setting up and using iCloud's location-basded meet-up service, Find my Friends

Find My Friends lets you easily locate your friends and family from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Whether you're on a family trip to a theme park or just want to meet up with some acquaintances for a drink, Find my Friends can make sure everyone knows where everyone else is.

How to set up Find my Friends on your iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad

Like Find my iPhone, Find my Friends is a free from Apple and available on the App Store.

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Once Find my Friends is installed, it's easy to use.

  1. Launch Find my Friends
  2. Login with your Apple IDFind My Friends
  3. Agree to Push Notifications and Location Sharing (Find my Friends is not much good without them).

How to add friends to Find my Friends

Before you can use Find my Friends on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, you need to add some friends.

  • Launch Find my Friends.
  • Tap the + button to add friends.
  • Enter the email addresses of friends you want to add and each will be sent a message

Once a friend accepts your invitation, you can always see where they are and vice versa

How to add temporary friends to Find my Friends

If you only want to share your location with a friends for a limited time, use the Temporary option

  1. Launch Find my Friends
  2. Tap on the Temporary tab at the bottom.
  3. Choose how long you want to share your location for in hours, days, or weeks

How to get more help with iCloud

If you still need help with setting up or using Find my Friends on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, or any other iCloud feature, head on over to our iCloud Forum and ask away!

Ally Kazmucha, Chris Oldroyd, and Gary Mazo contributed major sections of this guide.

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Rene Ritchie

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How to set up and use Find my Friends


I have been trying to install find my friends without luck for 3 days. I installed into my phone ok”both are same acct “ It grays out the area where it said “free” and replaces with “installed”. I to ever mention I could in iTunes apps so it couldn’t know the app was downloaded. Please tell me what is wrong. I had the same problem with “tracking” and could never install the app.
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