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Find My Friends: Frequently asked questions

Find My Friends is a free app for iOS 5 or later that allows you to easily locate your friends and family from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. See the frequently asked questions below to learn more about this free service.

What do I need in order to use Find My Friends?

  • An iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 5 or later. Find My Friends 3.0 or later requires iOS 7 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 running iOS 5 or later. Then open Find My Friends and sign in with the Apple ID that you use with iCloud. If you don't already have an Apple ID, you can create one right in Find My Friends. Just tap the “Get a free account” link on the sign-in screen.

Note: If you set a passcode on your iOS device using Settings > General > Passcode Lock > Turn Passcode On, you'll be asked to sign in with your Apple ID only the first time you open Find My Friends.

How do I add a friend?

Adding a friend is easy: Just send a request to their email address. Your friend needs a device running iOS 5 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:

  • Find My Friends 3.0 or later:
    • 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.
  • Find My Friends 2.1.1 or earlier: Tap the Me tab, tap Account, then tap Find My Friends Help.

How often is my device transmitting my location with Find My Friends?

Your location is sent from your device when someone requests to see your location. It is not 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:

  • Find My Friends 3.0 or later:
    • 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.
  • Find My Friends 2.1.1 or earlier: Tap the Me tab, tap Account, then choose your active device.

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

I have 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.

Note: If you accept a request from a friend that you’re not following, a follow request is sent to your friend automatically (requires Find My Friends 3.0 or later).

Is there a way to hide from followers?

Yes. The Hide My Location feature (Hide from Followers in Find My Friends 2.1.1 or earlier) will hide your location from all friends who are following you. You will still be able to 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 a service available solely through the iOS app.

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