One of the most useful apps on your iPhone is probably one that you don't open too often. The Find My app is a pre-installed app that helps you locate your Apple devices and your contacts.
Have peace-of-mind knowing where your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, and even accessories are.
Moreover, stay connected with your friends and family at all times. Know where everyone is and make sure nobody is late for dinner again.
What is Find My?
Find My is an Apple service and default app installed on most Apple devices. It is a combination of the old "Find My iPhone" and "Find My Friends" apps. This is a great tool to reduce losing your iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, AirPods, or more.
Setting up Find My only requires a few minutes and your Apple ID. Learn how to enable and disable Find My on your Apple devices and how to add devices like Apple Watch and AirPods to Find My.
You can also add friends and family to your Find My app to stay connected. How to Turn On and Off Find MyTo set up Find My, check that your devices are up to date with at least iOS 13, macOS Catalina, and watchOS 6. Once you know which operating system (OS) your device is running or when you finish updating your device, have your Apple ID set up and ready.
The process to turn on Find My and turn off Find My are the same. Just repeat these following steps to enable and disable Find My services.
iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
- On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, open Settings and tap your name to open the Apple ID page.
- Tap "Find My."
- Toggle the button to turn on Find My iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
- If you want to enable "Offline Finding" and "Send Last Location," toggle the button to turn on these features.
- Offline Finding: This feature allows you to locate your device nearby with Bluetooth signals when your device disconnects from Wi-Fi or cellular service.
- Send Last Location: When your devices have a low battery, Find My will send your device's last location to iCloud.
- Turn on "Share My Location" if you want friends and family to see your location. This feature also connects Siri with HomePod and the Home app.
- Open the Apple menu > System Preferences.
- Check the Security & Privacy option, then open the Privacy tab.
- Unlock the padlock icon in the lower-left corner by entering the administrator name and password.
- Select Location Services then check "Enable Location Services."
- Scroll to find System Services then click "Details."
- Select and check "Find My Mac."
- Click "Done" to apply the new settings and return to the System Preferences screen.
- At the top of the window, open your Apple ID, then open iCloud.
- Turn on "Find My Mac" by checking the checkbox.
- Close the System Preferences window, and your new settings will be applied.
You can login to different devices with the same Apple ID. iCloud will recognize that there is more than one device attached to your Apple ID.
To Add a Device on Find My
AirPods and Apple WatchWhen you initially connect your AirPods to your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac device, the AirPods automatically saves to your Find My.
Although AirPods don't use iCloud, it uses Bluetooth and GPS to keep track and notify you of its location.
If you own an Apple Watch, you may already know that the Apple Watch only works when it's paired with an iPhone. Therefore, your Apple Watch will automatically sync with the iCloud account connected to your iPhone.
If you want to add a device on Find My, set up the accessory as you would. It will automatically connect to your iCloud, Find My, and Apple ID. It's that easy!
Follow these following steps to locate your AirPods and Apple Watch with Find My app.
How to Locate AirPods and Apple Watch with Find My
On Your iPhone or iPad
- Unlock your device and swipe down and enter "Find My" in the Search bar on the Home Screen.
- Open the pre-installed app and tap "Devices" at the bottom or side of your screen.
- Locate and tap on your AirPods or Apple Watch in the list of devices.
- You will see where your devices were last located on the map. If you have misplaced or lost your:
- AirPods: select "Play Sound" for an audio beacon or tap on "Directions" for Maps directions to retrieve your AirPods.
- Apple Watch: choose from "View Location," "Play a Sound," "Lost Mode" or "Remote Erase "directly on your iPhone.
Remember:If you don’t have access to your Apple device, open a browser and go to https://www.icloud.com/find. Sign in to your iCloud account there and a map will appear with your devices. [
On Your Mac
If you want to search for your devices on your Mac:
- Locate the Find My app in your Dock or click the magnifying glass in the Menu bar and search "Find My" to launch it.
- Sign in to iCloud and your connected devices will appear in the "Devices" tab.
- Click on the device you are trying to locate and select from the devices' Find My features.
Still, confused or want to know even more? Check out this app from Apple.
Add Friends and Family on Find My
On top of locating devices, Find My can help you keep track of your friends and family.
You can connect and add Favorites to Find My. Whether it's for safety reasons or just making sure your tardy friend won't be late again, Find My is a handy tool to stay connected with each other.
iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Mac
- Open the Find My app and tap the "Me" tab at the screen's top or side.
- Toggle the "Allow Friend Request" button to allow your friends and family to add you to their Find My.
- Now, tap "People" to start sharing your location. Here you will see a list of friends and family who share their location with you. Add your friends as a "Favorite" by tapping the "Info" button and select "Add To Favorites."
- You can share your location with someone new by tapping "Share My Location." The "Share My Location" feature will prompt you to type in the contact you want to share your location.
- Note: Sharing your location with contacts, friends, and family on Find My only works if the other person has an Apple device.
- You can choose from three location sharing options:
- Share for One Hour
- Share Until End of Day
- Share Indefinitely
- Once you're sharing your location, you can Notify Friend when you arrive or leave from your current location.
- To stop sharing your location, tap the contact, and scroll to the bottom of their ID card and choose "Stop Sharing Location."
Similarly, on Mac devices, Find My will have a "People" tab and has the same functionality as Find My on iOS and iPadOS.
However, you cannot actively share your location if you plan to use directions to go somewhere else.
Once your Mac loses Wi-Fi or cellular connection, your location will no longer be real-time. It will show your friends the last known location of your Mac device.
Know where everyone and everything is with Find My.
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