How to use Family Sharing with Find my iPhone

Updated April, 2017: Updated screenshots and steps for iOS 10.

Family Sharing not only lets you share iTunes and App Store purchases, but it also makes it easier for you to track all the devices in your family with the help of Find My iPhone. So next time mom can't find her iPad or dad leaves his iPhone at Starbucks, anyone in your family can help find it!

How to track an iPhone or iPad with Find My iPhone and Family Sharing

You'll need to have the Find My iPhone app installed in order to track devices in your Family Sharing group. If you don't already have it, you can download it for free via the App Store. Each device must also be running iOS 8 or higher and support Family Sharing.

The only other stipulation is that everyone's devices must have granted Find My iPhone access to be tracked. You can do this by following these directions on each iPhone and iPad:

  1. Launch Settings from your Home screen.
  2. Tap your Apple ID banner at the top.
  3. Tap iCloud.

    Launch Settings, tap your Apple ID, tap iCloud

  4. Tap on Find My iPhone.
  5. Tap the switch next to Find My iPhone to turn it on (green is on).

    Tap Find My iPhone, tap the switch next to Find My iPhone

Repeat the above process with every iPhone and iPad you'd like to show up in Find My iPhone through Family Sharing.

How to track a family member's device with Find My iPhone

  1. Launch the Find My iPhone app from your Home screen.
  2. Sign in to your individual iCloud account.
  3. Tap on any device in order to receive more information and track it — your own devices show up at the top, followed by everyone else's.
  4. Tap Play Sound if the person isn't sharing their location. Their iPhone will make a shrill beeping sound. You can also tap to lock the device or erase it.

    Sing in to Find My iPhone, tap a device, tap an option

Alternately, you can also pan and zoom around the map and tap on any device in order to view more information about it. That's all there is to it!

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