How to Use Find My Friends in iOS 13 on iPhone and iPad

Find My is Apple's newest stock app that is actually a blend of Find My Friends and Find My iPhone. This post let me give you a complete walk-through of how to use find My App to track your friends.

Technogeeks across the world have been quite excited about iPhone’s latest software update, the iOS 13, which was launched in June 2019. The Cupertino based smartphone giant brought in a bunch of changes in the Apple stock apps by revamping the Reminders app, Notes app and the Maps app. And while the world is going GaGa over these apps another one of a stock app that got a remarkable update was the integration of Find My iPhone and Find My Friends apps into one Find My app. In this post, I will walk you through how to use Find My Friends in iOS 13 and iPadOS.

Using Find My App people can track their Apple devices and Apple’s of their eyes or their near and dear ones. A device doesn’t have to be necessarily be connected to Wi-Fi or a data Network to track its GPS location, and that is a mighty feature in my opinion. Let’s see how this works and how you could set up and use Find My Friends on iPhone or iPad. 

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How to Setup and Use Find My Friends on iPhone and iPad running iOS 13 and iPadOS

How to Add Friends in Find My App on iOS Device

In order to track your friends’ location and the location of their device add them in the ‘People’ tab so that you could easily know about their whereabouts.

Step #1. Launch Find My App on your iPhone. 

Open Find My App on iPhone running iOS 13

Step #2. Head-on to the ‘People’ tab and then tap on the ‘+ Share My Location’ option. 

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Tap on Share My Location Under People tab in iOS 13 Find My App

Step #3. Choose the Contact you wish to add and tap on Send. 

Choose the Contact and Tap on Send to Add Friend in iOS 13 Find My App

Step #4. Choose the time duration you wish to Share your Location.

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Choose time duration you wish to Share Your Location in iOS 13 Find My App

And they are added to your list of people in Find My App.

How to Track Friends in Find My App on iOS Device 

This feature has been very useful to me, whenever we have an outing. I am someone who is very bad with roads but with this feature I can easily track my friends and reach at the determined spot. 

Step #1. Launch the Find My App → Go to ‘People’ tab.

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Step #2. Choose the Person you wish to track. 

Choose the person under People Tab in iOS 13 Find My App

Step #3. Choose Directions to track your friend location.

Tap on Direction to Track Friends in iOS 13 Find My App

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(Note: If this Option is non-clickable then from the Pull Up Menu click on ‘Ask To Follow Location’ and request your friend to allow location access to you for the desired time duration.)

How to Remove Friends in Find My App on iOS Device

Step #1. Launch the Find My App → Go to ‘People‘ tab.

Step #2. Tap on the Person name you wish to remove.

Tap on person name under people tab in iOS 13 Find My App

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Step #3. From the Pull-Up Menu Choose Remove and reconfirm the same in the Pop-Up Dialogue.

Remove Friends in iOS Find My App

How to Add Friends to Favorites in Find My App on iOS Device

Step #1. Launch the Find My App → Go to ‘People‘ tab.

Step #2. Select the Person you wish to add in favorites.

Tap on person name under people tab in iOS 13 Find My App

Step #3. From the Pull-Up Menu Choose Add to Favorites.

Add Friends to Favorites in iOS 13 Find My App

How to Stop Location Sharing Individually in iOS 13 Find My App

If you don’t wish to share your location with someone in particular then you could do so for every individual contact in your ‘People’ tab of the Find My App.

Step #1. Launch the Find My App → Go to ‘People‘ tab.

Step #2. Select the Person you wish to stop sharing location with.

Tap on person name under people tab in iOS 13 Find My App

Step #3. From the Pull-Up Menu Choose Stop Sharing Location and reconfirm the same in the Pop-Up Dialogue.

Stop Location Sharing Individually in iOS 13 Find My App

How to Send/Receive Location Updates from a Friend in iOS 13 Find My App

This is a perfect feature for parents with teenage kids. With this feature, you can send and receive notifications whenever either of you arrives or leave a specific location.  

Step #1. Launch the Find My App → Go to ‘People’ tab.

Step #2. Select the Person you wish to get location update.

Choose the person under People Tab in iOS 13 Find My App

Step #3. From the Pull-Up Menu Choose AddNotify Me/Notify Friend

Notify Me Notify Friend Location Updates from Friend on iOS 13 Find My App

Step #4. Set your Preference and tap on Add. 

Step #5. Tap on Create Notification.

Tap on Create Notification to Get Location Updates from a Friend in iOS 13 Find My App

For E.g.: The next time you leave from the specified location, your friend will receive a notification updating them that you have left.

How to Edit Location Name of a Friend in iOS 13 Find My App 

If you have multiple locations set of a single person, then in order to avoid confusion you can rename his saved locations for further convenience of yours.

Step 1: Launch the Find My App Go to ‘People’ tab.

Step 2: Select the Person you wish to edit the location name of.

Choose the person under People Tab in iOS 13 Find My App

Step 3: Choose ‘Edit Location Name‘ and choose one from Presets or Make a Custom Name. 

Edit Location Name of a Friend in iOS 13 Find My App

The next time you open that person’s tab you will see the name of the location you set, under the person’s name. 

How to Hide Our Own Location in iOS 13 Find My App

Step #1. Launch the Find My App.

Step #2. Select the ‘Me’ tab.

Tap on Me tab in iOS 13 Find My App

Step #3. Toggle Off ‘Share My Location’.

Toggle Off Share My Location to Hide Location in iOS 13 Find My App

Signing Off… 

Well, that was about it. I would request you all to use this app and all its features responsibly and not use it with ulterior or malicious motives. Because with great power comes greater responsibility. How useful do you think is this Find My App, let me know about that in the comments below.

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Jignesh Padhiyarhttps://www.igeeksblog.com
Jignesh Padhiyar is the co-founder of iGeeksBlog.com who has a keen eye for news, rumors and all the unusual stuff that happens around Apple products. During his tight schedule, Jignesh finds some moments of respite to share side-splitting contents on social media.
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