Set up and use Find My Friends in iOS 12 or earlier

Use Find My Friends in iOS 12 or earlier to locate your friends and family easily from your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Apple Watch. In iOS 13 or later, use the Find My app instead, or the Find People app on watchOS 6 or later. 

If you have iOS 13, iPadOS, or macOS Catalina or later, the Find My app combines Find My iPhone and Find My Friends into a single app. Set up the Find My app and turn on Find My [device] to get started. If your Apple Watch has watchOS 6 or later, use the Find People app to share your location with friends and family members.

Get started

  • Use iOS 9 to iOS 12 with your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
  • Use watchOS 3 to watchOS 5 with your Apple Watch.
  • If it's not already on your device, you can download the Find My Friends app from the App Store.
  • Make sure the web browser on your Mac or PC is up to date.

Set up Find My Friends

If your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch is using iOS 9 to iOS12, Find My Friends will be installed automatically. On iOS 8 or earlier, sign in to On iOS 13 and later, and macOS Catalina and later you can also use the Find My app. When you sign in with your Apple ID, you'll sign in to Find My Friends automatically.

If you want to get Find My Friends notifications on your Apple Watch, go to the Apple Watch app on your iPhone. Then go to the My Watch tab, tap Notifications, scroll down, tap Find Friends and tap to turn on Mirror iPhone alerts. If you're using watchOS 4 or 5, you can also turn notifications on from your Apple Watch. Go to Settings > General > Location Services. Then turn on Share My Location.

You can also use Find My Friends with Family Sharing to share your location with your family.

Location sharing isn’t supported in South Korea and may be unavailable in other regions due to local laws. 

Add a friend

To use Find My Friends, make sure your friends have Find My Friends on their device too. You can only add friends from Find My Friends on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

  1. Open Find My Friends.
  2. Tap Add.
  3. Choose a friend or enter their email address, then tap Send or Done to send the request.

After your friend has agreed to share their location, you can see their location in a list or on a map in the Find My Friends app.

You can choose which email address to use when sending requests to friends:

  • On your iPhone or iPod touch, tap Me > Send As.
  • On your iPad, tap List > Me > Info > Send As.

If you don't want to get friend requests:

  • On your iPhone or iPod touch, tap Me > turn off Allow Friend Requests under Invitations.
  • On your iPad, tap List > Me > turn off Allow Friend Requests under Invitations.

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Hide your location

You can hide or stop sharing your location with your friends.

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Open Find My Friends and tap Me. Then turn off Share My Location.


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Tap Done. You'll see Not sharing location next to Me at the bottom of the screen.


Stop sharing your location

If you don't want your friends to see your location in Find My Friends, you can stop sharing it. You can still see the location of your friends, but your friends will see Location Not Available when they try to locate you.

On your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch:

  1. Go to Settings > [your name].
  2. If you're using iOS 12, tap Share My Location. If you're using an earlier version of iOS, tap iCloud > Share My Location.
  3. Turn off Share My Location.

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Use Find My Friends on multiple devices

You can use Find My Friends on any iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Apple Watch that you own. However, only one iOS device and any paired Apple Watch with GPS + Cellular can send your location to your followers. You can change the device to the one you're currently using in Find My Friends:

  • On your iPhone or iPod touch, tap Me, then tap This Device under Share My Location From.
  • On your iPad, tap List > Me > Info, then tap This Device under Share My Location From.

Share My Location From will only appear when you're currently signed in to Find My Friends, Find My or Find People on multiple devices.

Send and accept location requests

Your friends can send you a request to follow your location. If you accept someone's request, 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 will be sent to your friend automatically.

Find out more

Your location is only sent from your device when someone requests to see it. Your location isn't transmitted at a regular intervals. For more information, see the iCloud security and privacy overview.

Friends and followers limits

  • You can follow up to 100 friends.
  • Up to 100 friends can follow you.

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