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iOS 15 Find My: How to See your Friend’s Live Location

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Apple released the stable build of iOS 15 to the public a few days ago and many of you may be experiencing the new interface for the first time and wondering how things work. Amidst various improvements, a renewed focus has been brought to the Find My app that now offers continuous live location sharing. This means, people you share your location with can see your real-time position as you move around instead of getting updates every few minutes. 


If you’ve successfully set up Live Tracking on the Find My app on iOS, we’ll help you understand how you can see your friend’s live location, request them to share their whereabouts, and get directions to their location. 


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


Once that’s out of the way, you can now look for someone’s location on Find My. For this, open the Find My app on your iPhone and select the ‘People’ tab at the bottom. Here, you should see a list of people whose location has been shared with or with whom you’ve shared your location or both. Along with the list of people, you should also be able to preview their location in the map section above. 


To see your friend’s location individually, tap on their name from within the ‘People’ tab. 



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 want to access hasn’t shared it with you, you may need to request them to make it available to you. To send a request to see someone’s live location, select the person with whom you’ve shared your location inside the ‘People’ tab on the Find My app.



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 real-time location on Find My, you may also be able to get directions to their whereabouts so that you can catch up with them easily. For this, select the ‘People’ tab at the bottom and select the name of the person you want to get directions to. 



Swipe up on the screen that appears next and tap on ‘Directions’. 



This will launch the Maps app on your screen. Here, you will be able to see the location of your friend at the top. 



In the window below the map, you’ll see your relative distance and the time it’ll take to reach your friend’s location. You can tap on ‘Go’ to start getting step-by-step directions to your friend’s location on your screen. 



How to mark someone as Favorites


If you want a friend’s name to appear at the top of the People list on Find My, you will have to mark them as favorite. To do that, open the Find My app and go to People > your friend’s name.



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 resides or visits a location quite too often, then you can set a label for their location to make it more meaningful. To add a label to your friend’s current location, open the Find My app and go to People > your friend’s name.



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


If you wish to delete a person from your People list and also delete yourself from theirs, you can use the ‘Remove’ option on Find My. To do that, open the Find My app and go to People > your friend’s name.



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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