Before you begin
Set up Find My Friends
If your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch is using iOS 9 or later, Find My Friends is automatically installed. If your device is using a version of iOS 8, install the free Find My Friends app. When you sign in to iCloud on your device, you automatically sign in to Find My Friends with your Apple ID.
If you want to get Find My Friends notifications on your Apple Watch, you can turn it on from the Apple Watch app on your iPhone. Go to the My Watch tab, tap Notifications, scroll down, tap Find Friends, tap to turn on Mirror iPhone alerts.
Add a friend
To use Find My Friends, your friend needs to have Find My Friends on their device too. You can only add friends from Find My Friends on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
- Open Find My Friends.
- Tap Add.
- Choose a friend or enter your friend's email address, then tap Done to send the request.
After your friend agrees to share their location, you can see where they are in a list or on a map in the Find My Friends app, or on iCloud.com.
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:
- Tap Find My Friends > Me.
- Scroll down and tap Move friends from a different Apple ID.
- Sign in with your previous Apple ID.
If you want to, you can choose which email address to use when sending requests to friends:
- On an iPhone or iPod touch, tap Me > Send As.
- On an iPad, tap List > Me > Info > Send As.
With the Find My Friends app on iCloud.com, you can only see your friends and their location or change settings for sharing your location. To add friends, you need to use an iOS device.
Hide from followers
You can hide or stop sharing your location with your friends. To stop sharing from Find My Friends:
Tap Find My Friends and tap Me. Then turn off Share My Location.
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 anymore, you can stop sharing from the app on your iOS device or on iCloud.com. You can still see the location of your friends, but your friends see Location Not Available when they try to locate you.
On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch:
- Go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud. If you're using iOS 10.2 or earlier, go to Settings > iCloud.
- Scroll down, tap Share My Location.
- Turn off Share My Location.
- Sign in to iCloud.com and open Find My Friends.
- Select Me.
- Deselect Share My Location.
Use Find My Friends on more than one device
You can sign in to Find My Friends and use it from any iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Apple Watch you own. However, only one iOS 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 a device under Share My Location From.
- On an iPad, tap List > Me > Info, then tap a device under Share My Location From.
This choice only appears when you're currently signed in to Find My Friends on multiple devices.
If you accepted a location request from someone but can't 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.
Friends, followers, and temporary events limits
- 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.
Your location is sent from your device only when someone requests to see it. Your location isn't transmitted on a regular interval. For more information, see the iCloud security and privacy overview.