Apple released the stable edition of iOS 15 to the public a few days ago, and many of you may be wondering how things operate after seeing it for the first time. A renewed focus has been made to the Find My app, which now allows continuous live location sharing, among other changes. This means that instead of receiving updates every few minutes, individuals you share your location with can see your current location as you move about.
We’ll show you how to see your friend’s live location, request that they share their location, and get directions to their location if you’ve successfully set up Live Tracking on the Find My app for iOS.
How to see someone else’s location
Before you go ahead and try to look for your friend’s location on Find My, you need to know that you will be able to see someone’s location on the app if:
- Your friend has shared their live location with you on Find My
- You’re trying to view their location within the period that they’ve shared it for
Now that that’s out of the way, you may use Find My to look for someone’s location. To do so, open the Find My app on your iPhone and go to the bottom of the screen to the ‘People’ option. You should see a list of persons with whom you’ve shared your location, or with whom you’ve shared your location, or both. You should be able to preview their location in the map area above, along with the list of persons.
To check your friend’s exact position, go to the ‘People’ page and tap on their name.
When you open a person’s location, you should be able to see their full address under their name and its zoomed-in location on the map above.
How to request your friend’s location
If the person whose location you wish to access hasn’t shared it with you, you’ll have to ask them to. Select the person with whom you’ve shared your location in the Find My app’s ‘People’ page to send a request to see their live location.
On the next screen, scroll down and tap on the ‘Ask to Follow Location’ option.
Your request will now be sent to the other person and you should be able to see this prompt on your screen.
How to get directions to your Friend’s location
If you have access to someone’s current position on Find My, you may be able to acquire directions to their location so you can simply catch up with them. To do so, go to the bottom of the page and pick the ‘People’ button, then type in the name of the person you wish to get instructions to.
Swipe up on the screen that appears next and tap on ‘Directions’.
You can check your relative distance and the time it will take to get to your friend’s location in the pane below the map. On your screen, touch ‘Go’ to begin receiving step-by-step directions to your friend’s location.
How to mark someone as Favorites
You must mark a friend as a favorite if you want their name to display at the top of the People list on Find My. To do so, navigate to People > your friend’s name in the Find My app.
Next, swipe up on the screen select the ‘Add to Favorites’ option.
The selected person will now always appear at the top of the People list.
How to set a label for your friend’s location
If your friend lives or visits a particular location frequently, you can give it a label to make it more important. Open the Find My app and go to People > your friend’s name to add a label to your friend’s current location.
Now, swipe up on the screen and select the ‘Edit Location Name’ option.
Inside the ‘Edit Location Name’ screen, select a label from existing options or create a new one using the ‘Add Custom Label’ option.
When you set a label for your friend’s location, it should appear below your friend’s name.
How to remove someone from your ‘People’ list
You can utilize the ‘Remove’ option on Find My to remove a person from your People list while also removing yourself from theirs. To do so, navigate to People > your friend’s name in the Find My app.
Now, swipe up on the screen and select the ‘Remove’ option.
The selected person will now be removed from your People list.
That’s all there is to know about seeing your friend’s live location on Find My on iOS 15.
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