The original Find My Friends app became indispensable for many iPhone users. It gave people the ability to find friends, parents to keep track of their kids, kids to keep track of their parents, and provided a convenient plot device for many TV drama writers.
So how does it work? The friend locating part of the application works pretty much as it did before. You can open it up and check where your contacts (who’ve given you their permission) are. Or you can ask Siri.
On the iPhone
Activate Siri on an iPhone by using one of these options:
- Say “Hey Siri” followed by your request.
- Press and hold the Side button (iPhone X and newer) or Home button (iPhone 8 and older) on your iPhone.
(If this doesn't work, learn how to set up Siri on an iPhone).
On the Apple Watch
Siri can be activated on an Apple Watch in three ways.
- By pressing and holding the Digital Crown.
- By saying “Hey Siri” then speaking your request.
- By using the Raise to Speak feature.
If you haven’t used Siri on the Apple Watch yet, be sure to check out our tutorial on how to use each of these methods.
Ask Siri where the person you want to find is, by saying:
Hey Siri, where is John
Hey Siri, where is my sister?
Hey Siri, is my Mom and work?
Use Siri to find your devices
Ask Siri where one of your devices is:
Hey Siri, where is my iPad?
If it’s located (internet connection required), then Siri will ask you if you want the device to make a sound so you can find it.
Say ‘Yes’, and your iPhone/iPad will make a sound so you can track it down. The alarm can be silenced by opening up the device and responding to the dialogue box.
At the same time, you’ll receive an email informing you of the sound played on the device. The email includes a link to the iCloud website, where you can perform additional actions, such as setting the device as ‘lost’ or erasing it.
How to use the Find My app with AirTags
The Apple AirTag is a tiny battery-powered device attached to something to track its location and find it if lost. We've written an in-depth guide showing you how to set up and use an AirTag.
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