Find My looks a lot like the two apps it's replacing. It includes a tab for People and one for Devices, regardless of the platform. On each page, there's a map showing the current location of your friends and devices, respectively.
- How to use Find My on iPhone/iPad
- How to use Find My on Apple Watch
- How to set up and use Find My on Mac
How do you find people in the app?
When tapping on a contact under People, you'll find buttons for Contact and Directions. Tap the first button to find the person in the Contacts app; select the second, and the Apple Maps opens with directions to the person. You can also customize how you and your contact are alerted when there's a location change.
For example, you can customize Find My to send you an alert each time your teenager leaves or arrives at home, school, or any other location. You can also alert your contact whenever you change locations using the same tool.
What about devices?
Under the Devices tab you'll find buttons to Play Sound, Directions, and Mark As Lost. You can also Erase This Device in the event it's lost or stolen.
What happens when one of my devices is missing?
Are you looking for more? If any of your devices go missing, other Apple users can help you find them automatically. In this case, your device's Bluetooth signal will be detected by another users' device, with the location making its way back to the Find My... app on one of your other devices. All this happens in the background anonymously with end-to-end encryption.
Makes sense, no?
Find My is available on iOS 13, iPadOS 13, watchOS 6, and macOS Catalina.
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