The Find My Friends iPhone/iPad app has been available for quite a while. I just started playing around with it recently. It is so fun to use. My kids are grown and gone by many years, but I am tracking some friends and of course, my grandkids!. If you are not doing this it really is fun, but yes, a bit of a hit on your privacy.
I just want to cover a vew things in the app which you can download from the App Store on your iPhone or iPad. When you open the app you will see something like this (of course I have already added a few, your window will not show anyone yet):
You click “Add” in the upper right hand corner to add someone. It presents you with some automatic choices, but you can add anyone manually as well. Once you click done, an invite will be sent to that person, they have to approve it. When they approve, you will be notified and they will appear in your list (see above image). The people you are following are listed, if you click on them Find My Friends shows their location in the map above. The key to all of this is the person has to have an iCloud account.
The other thing you have to do to make this work is to tap on your “Me” identity at the bottom of the screen.
You will be taken to this above settings screen. You have to turn on “Share My Location” and “Allow Friends Requests”. If you scroll down in this settings area you can tweak a few more settings:
By the way, if you wish to go off the grid, so to speak, tap on “Share My Location” to turn it off.
If you wish to locate a friend just tap on his or her name and Find My Friends finds them and shows their location on a map on your iOS device:
As you have seen, I am blocking people’s names and addesses for obvious reasons. If you wish to take this a step further you can click on “More” in the upper right corner of the window and Find My Friends shows the actual address of where your friend is located (it is blocked out here):
Find My Friends is a fun app, and it is free. It is fun to use. If you explore Find My Friends you will find other settings and things you can do with the app. It is quite sophisticated and worth having a look at if you have not done so already.