Find people and share your location with Find My

Find out how to use the Find My app to share your location with friends and family members. You can even set up location-based notifications so you know if someone left a location or just arrived home. 

The Find My app combines Find My iPhone and Find My Friends into a single app. If you need help with finding it, use Search on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, or use Spotlight on your Mac.


Share your location

When Share My Location is turned on, you can share your location with friends, family and contacts from your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with Find My. You can also share your location in the Find People app on watchOS 6 or later with Apple Watch models that have GPS and cellular, and are paired with your iPhone.

If you've already set up Family Sharing and use Location Sharing, your family members will automatically appear in Find My.

You can also share your location in Messages

Share with people

  1. Open the Find My app and select the People tab.
  2. Tap the Add button .
    Share your location with a friend in Find My on iPhone
  3. Select Share My Location.
  4. Enter the name or phone number of the person you want to share your location with.
  5. Select Send.
  6. Choose to share your location for One Hour, Until End of Day or Share Indefinitely.

When you share your location with someone, they have the option to share their location back.

Name your location

If you like, you can name the locations you frequently visit:

  1. Open the Find My app, then select the Me tab.
  2. Scroll down and tap Location.
  3. Select Home, Work, School, Gym or None, or tap Add Custom Label to create your own name.

Change your sharing device

To change the device you're sharing your location from, open Find My on the device from which you want to share. Select the Me tab, then choose Use this [device] as My Location.

Share your location via satellite

On iPhone 14 or iPhone 14 Pro with iOS 16.1 or later, you can also share your location via satellite when you're somewhere without mobile and Wi-Fi cover. To share your location via satellite with someone, you need to already be sharing your location with that person in Find My before you're outside of mobile and Wi-Fi cover.

You can update your location via satellite every 15 minutes.

Find out how to share your location via satellite

Learn where location sharing via satellite is available


Follow a friend's shared location

If someone shares their location with you or you request their location and they agree to share it, you can then follow their location.

Ask to follow someone's location

To start following another person, you first need to share your location with them. Then follow these steps:

  1. Open the Find My app and select the People tab.
  2. Select the person you shared your location with.
  3. Scroll down and choose Ask To Follow Location.

Respond to a location sharing request

When someone shares their location with you, you can choose to share your location back:

  1. Open the Find My app and select the People tab.
  2. Under the name of the person who sent you their location, choose Share to let them follow your location.
    Share your location with a friend in Find My on iPhone
  3. If you don't want to share your location with that person, select Don't Share (or Cancel).


Share location-based notifications

Starting in iOS 14 and macOS Big Sur, you can set up recurring location-based notifications. This lets you know if someone has arrived at or left a location, or isn't at a particular place during a specific time window. 

Be notified when a friend arrives at, leaves or isn't at a location

  1. Open the Find My app and select the People tab.
  2. Select the person you want to share notifications with.
  3. Scroll down and under Notifications, tap Add.
  4. Tap Notify Me to be notified when a friend's location changes.* Tap Notify Friend to notify a friend of your location change. 
  5. Under When, select Arrives, Leaves or Is Not At. If you're sharing your location change, select I Arrive or I Leave. 
  6. Under Location, tap to select your current location, or tap New Location to select a different location. 
    Create a location-based notification for a friend on iPhone
  7. Under Frequency, select Only Once or Every Time.

* Your friend will be notified when you set a location-based notification. For recurring location-based notifications, your friend has to accept the invitation.


Locate a friend

  1. Open the Find My app and select the People tab.
  2. Under People, choose the name of your friend who is sharing their location with you.
  3. Choose Directions to open Maps and then follow the directions to arrive at your friend's location.
    Locate a friend in Find My on iPhone

If your location appears below your friend's name, you aren't following them. If you see No location found, that person can't be located.

Other things you can do

When you open the Find My app, select the People tab, then choose the name of a person. You can:

  • See that person's contact card.
  • Select Directions to navigate to the person's location in Maps.
  • Choose Notifications to see when a person's location changes or to notify people that your location has changed.
  • Add the person to Favourites or remove them. Members of Family Sharing can't be removed from Favourites.
  • Select Edit Location Name to label their location.


Stop sharing your location

To stop sharing your location with everyone, follow these steps. You can also stop sharing with a specific person, or turn off Allow Friend Requests. 

  1. Open the Find my app.
  2. Select the Me tab.
  3. Turn off Share My Location.

Stop sharing with one person

  1. Open the Find My app and select the People tab.
  2. Choose the person you want to stop sharing your location with.
  3. Scroll down and select Stop Sharing My Location.

Turn off Allow Friend Requests

  1. Open the Find My app.
  2. Select the Me tab.
  3. Turn off Allow Friend Requests.

If you delete the Find My app, you location will still be shared. People with whom you've previously shared your location can still view your location. If you want to stop sharing your location, reinstall the Find My app and follow the steps to stop sharing your location.


Share your location in the Messages app

  1. Open the Messages app on your iPhone and select a message.
  2. Select the name of the person or group at the top of the conversation.
  3. Select Send My Current Location. Your recipient will see your location on the map. Or choose Share My Location, then choose the length of time you want to share your location for.


If you have iOS 12 or earlier, or macOS Mojave or earlier

The Find My app combines Find My iPhone and Find My Friends into a single app included in iOS 13, iPadOS and macOS Catalina or later. Here's what to do if you have iOS 12 or earlier, macOS Mojave or earlier, or watchOS 5 or earlier:

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