What is the location ER

With the app "Where is?" Find friends and share your location

Learn how to use the Where Is? App to share your location with friends and family. You can even set up location-based notifications so that you know when someone leaves or has just arrived home.

Share location

When Share My Location is turned on, you can share your location with friends, family, and contacts on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch using the Find My app. share. You can also share your location with the "Find People" app on watchOS 6 or later, as long as the corresponding Apple Watch model has GPS and cellular network and is paired with your iPhone.

If you've already set up Family Sharing and are using location services, your family members will automatically be listed in the Where Is? App. displayed.

You can also share your location in the Messages app.

Share with people

  1. Open the Find My app and select the People tab.
  2. Select "Share my location" or "Share my location from now".
  3. Enter the name or phone number of the person you want to share your location with.
  4. Select "Send".
  5. Choose between "Share location for 1 hour", "Until the end of the day" or "Unlimited" to set the length of time for your location to be shared.
  6. Choose "OK".

After you've shared your location with someone, they can share their location with you.

Name the location

If you wish, you can name frequently visited locations:

  1. Open the Find My app and select the Me tab.
  2. Scroll down and choose Edit Location Name.
  3. Choose between "Private", "Work", "School", "Sport" or "Without".

You can also select "Add your own label" to set your own name for your location. Just enter a name and select "Done".

Change the device that shares the location

To change the device you use to share your location, open the Where Is? App. on the corresponding device. Select the Me tab and tap Use this [device] as my location.


Follow the shared location of friends

If a person shares their location with you or you request their location and the person accepts the request, you can follow the person's location.

Request the location of another person

To follow another person, you must first share your location with the person. Then do the following:

  1. Open the Find My app and select the People tab.
  2. Select the person you share your location with.
  3. Scroll down and choose Send Request to Follow, then choose OK.

Reply to a request to share the location

If someone shares their location with you, you can in turn share your location with that person:

  1. Open the Find My app and select the People tab.
  2. Tap Share below the name of the person who shared their location with you so that person can follow your location.
  3. If you don't want to share your location with this person, select "Cancel".


Share location-based notifications

Starting with iOS 14 and macOS Big Sur, you can set up recurring location-based notifications. In this way you can find out whether someone has arrived or left a location within a certain time window or is not in a certain location.

Receive notifications when a friend arrives, leaves or is not in a location

  1. Open the Find My app and select the People tab.
  2. Select the person you want to share the messages with.
  3. Scroll down and tap Add under Notifications.
  4. Tap "Notify Me" to be notified when a friend changes location. * Tap "Notify Friend" to notify a friend when your location changes.
  5. Under "When" select one of the following options: "Arrives", "Leaves" or "Is not there". If you share your change of location, select "I'm arriving" or "I'm leaving".
  6. Tap under "Location" to select your current location, or tap "New Location" to choose a different location.
  7. Under "Frequency" select either "Only once" or "Every time".

* Your friend will be notified if you set a location-based notification.


Locate a friend

  1. Open the Find My app and select the People tab.
  2. Under "People", select the name of your friend who shares their location with you.
  3. Select "Route" to open the Maps app and follow the route to get to your friend's location.

If your location shows below your friend's name, you're not following their location. If "No Location Found" is displayed, that person cannot be located.

More options for you

Open the Find My app, select the People tab, then tap a person's name. You can:

  • view that person's contact card.
  • Tap "Directions" to view a route to that person's location in the Maps app.
  • Tap Notifications to see when someone changes their location or to notify people that you've changed your location.
  • add or remove the person from "Favorites". Members of a family sharing group cannot be removed from "Favorites".
  • Tap "Edit Location Name" to name the person's location.


Stop sharing your location

If you don't want to share your location with anyone anymore, follow these steps. You can also stop sharing the location for a specific person or deactivate the "Allow requests" option.

  1. Open the Where Is? App.
  2. Select the "Me" tab.
  3. Turn off "Share my location".

Stop sharing a location with someone

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

Deactivate "Allow requests"

  1. Open the Where Is App.
  2. Select the "Me" tab.
  3. Deactivate "Allow requests".


Share your location in the Messages app

  1. Open the Messages app on iPhone and select a message.
  2. Tap the person's name at the top of the conversation.
  3. Select the information icon.
  4. Select "Send my current location". The recipient of your message can then see your location on the map. Alternatively you can choose "Share location". Then set the time span for sharing your location.


With iOS 12 or older or macOS Mojave or older

The Where is? App Combines Find My iPhone and Find My Friends into a single app included with iOS 13, iPadOS, and macOS Catalina or later. If you have iOS 12 or earlier, macOS Mojave or earlier, or watchOS 5 or earlier, do the following:

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