Find My

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Find My
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Developer(s)Apple Inc.
Initial releaseSeptember 19, 2019; 19 months ago (2019-09-19)
Operating system
PredecessorFind My iPhone, Find My Friends
TypeLocation aware
Asset tracking
LicenseProprietary licence

Find My is an asset tracking app and service provided by Apple Inc.[1] that enables users to track the location of iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS devices, AirPods, AirTags and a number of supported third-party accessories through a connected iCloud account.[2] Users can also share their GPS locations to others with Apple devices and view the location of others who choose to share their location, a function formerly provided by the app Find My Friends.[7] Find My was released alongside iOS 13 on September 19, 2019,[8][9] merging the functions of the former Find My Friends and Find My iPhone (known on macOS devices as Find My Mac) into a single app.[10][11]

After releasing on iOS, Find My was later released on iPadOS 13.1 on September 24, 2019[12][13] and macOS 10.15 on October 7, 2019.[14]



Find My allows users to share their GPS locations to contacts with an iOS, iPadOS, or macOS device for an hour, until the end of the day, or indefinitely. Once shared, others are able to see the exact location of a person's device on a map and can receive directions to the person's location. Notifications can be set, alerting a user when someone leaves or arrives at a set location.[15]


Users can find the location of their Apple devices and play a sound on the device at maximum volume, a useful if the device has been mislaid similar to finding a mislaid phone by calling it using another phone. A device can also be marked as lost, locking the device with a password and suspending sensitive features such as Apple Pay. Lost mode also allows a user to leave a message and contact on the lock screen of the device.

A user can also choose to erase a device, deleting all content and settings, which is useful if the device contains sensitive information, however the device can no longer be located after this action is performed. After the erase is complete, the message can still be displayed and the device will be activation locked. This makes it hard for someone to use or sell the device. An Apple ID password is required to turn off Find My, sign out of iCloud, erase the device, or reactivate a device after an activation lock.

With the release of iOS 14.3, third-party Bluetooth items and accessories with support for the Find My network accessory program can also be tracked, under a separate "Items" tab.[16] If something is lost but out of Bluetooth range, the app will display the last known location until another iOS, iPadOS, or macOS device is nearby. Similar to Apple's own devices, third-party items can be placed into a "lost mode" which prevents others from pairing to the device. Lost items can be identified from within the Find My app, allowing a user to see a message or contact information from the owner of the lost item.

Unlike other "Key finders", AirTags also use Ultra-wideband technology to find lost items (if the Apple device used for searching supports it).


  1. ^ "Find My - Official Apple Support". Retrieved 2019-10-09.
  2. ^ "Everything You Need to Know About Apple's Find My Network Accessory Program". MacRumors. Retrieved 2021-04-21.
  3. ^ Cipriani, Jason (September 21, 2019). "Use the new Find My app to hunt down your friends and your iPhone". CNET. Retrieved 2019-10-10.
  4. ^ Moren, Dan (September 8, 2019). "iOS 13 Find My App: How to Track Your iPhone or Friends". Tom's Guide. Retrieved 2019-11-07.
  5. ^ Evans, Jonny (21 June 2019). "How 'Find My' Mac works in macOS Catalina and iOS 13". Computerworld. Retrieved 2019-11-07.
  6. ^ Greenberg, Andy (June 5, 2019). "Apple's 'Find My' Feature Uses Some Very Clever Cryptography". Wired. ISSN 1059-1028. Retrieved 2019-11-07.
  7. ^ [3][4][5][6]
  8. ^ Potuck, Michael (2019-09-10). "Apple announces iOS 13 release date of September 19". 9to5Mac. Retrieved 2019-11-07.
  9. ^ Clover, Juli. "Apple Releases iOS 13 With System-Wide Dark Mode, Privacy Updates, Revamped Photos App, Find My App, New Maps Features and More". Retrieved 2019-11-07.
  10. ^ Carman, Ashley (2019-06-03). "Apple's new Find My app will find your devices even if they're offline". The Verge. Retrieved 2019-11-07.
  11. ^ Feiner, Lauren (2019-06-03). "Here's everything Apple just announced: iOS 13, Mac Pro and more". CNBC. Retrieved 2019-11-07.
  12. ^ Mayo, Benjamin (2019-09-24). "Apple releases iPadOS 13.1 featuring Dark Mode, new Home Screen and multitasking, Arcade, and more". 9to5Mac. Retrieved 2019-11-07.
  13. ^ Clover, Juli. "Apple Releases iPadOS With New Home Screen, Multitasking Improvements, Apple Pencil Updates and More". Retrieved 2019-11-07.
  14. ^ Clover, Juli. "Apple Releases macOS Catalina With Find My, Screen Time, and No More iTunes". Retrieved 2019-11-07.
  15. ^ "Get notified when a friend's location changes in Find My on iPad". Apple Support. Retrieved 2021-04-21.
  16. ^ "How Apple's New Find My Service Locates Missing Hardware That's Offline". TidBITS. 2019-06-21. Retrieved 2021-04-21.

External links[edit]

  • Apple's overview of Find My network architecture [1]