Find My Friends: Frequently asked questions

Find My Friends is a free app for iOS 8 or later that allows you to easily locate your friends and family from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. 

What do I need to use Find My Friends?

  • An iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 8 or later
  • The Find My Friends app
  • The Apple ID you use for iCloud

How do I set up Find My Friends?

Install the free Find My Friends app on a device using iOS 8 or later. When you sign in to iCloud on your device, you’re automatically signed in to Find My Friends with your Apple ID. 

You can also use Find My Friends with Family Sharing.

How do I add a friend?

Adding a friend is easy. Just open Find My Friends and tap Add. Then enter your friend's email address and tap Done to send the request. Your friend needs a device using iOS 8 or later with Find My Friends installed. After your friend agrees to share their location with you using the Find My Friends app, you can see that friend’s location on a list or on a map. For detailed instructions, see the Help section of the Find My Friends app:

  • On an iPhone or iPod touch, tap Me, then tap Help.
  • On an iPad, tap the List button, tap Me, tap Info, then tap Help.

If you have friends in another account, you can move them to your current Apple ID, so that all your friends are in one place:

  1. Tap Find My Friends > Me.
  2. Scroll down and tap "Move friends from a different Apple ID."
  3. Sign in with your previous Apple ID.

How often does my device transmit my location with Find My Friends?

Your location is sent from your device when someone requests to see your location. It isn't transmitted on a regular interval. For more information, see the iCloud security & privacy overview.

Can I use Find My Friends on more than one device at a time?

Yes. You can sign in to Find My Friends and use it from any iOS device you own. However, only one device can transmit your location to your followers. You can choose which one to use in Find My Friends:

  • On an iPhone or iPod touch, tap Me, then tap your active device under Share My Location From.
  • On an iPad, tap the List button, tap Me, tap Info, then tap your active device under Share My Location From.

This choice only appears when you're currently signed in to Find My Friends on multiple devices.

I accepted a location request from someone, why can't I see their location?

If you accept someone's request to follow your location, that person can then see your location. If you want to see that person's location, you must invite them, and they must accept your invitation.

If you accept a request from a friend that you’re not following, a follow request is sent to your friend automatically.

Is there a way to hide from followers?

Yes. The Hide My Location feature will hide your location from all friends who are following you. You can still view the location of your friends, and you will appear as “Location Not Available” when your followers try to locate you.

Is there a limit to the number of friends, followers, or temporary events?

  • You can follow up to 50 friends.
  • You can have up to 50 friends follow you.
  • You can participate in up to 10 temporary events.
  • Each temporary event can contain up to 50 friends.
  • Temporary friends don't count against your permanent friends limits.

Is there a way to access Find My Friends at iCloud.com?

No, Find My Friends is available through the iOS app only.

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