Find My Friends

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Find My Friends
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Find My Friends on the iPad
Find My Friends on the iPad
Developer(s)Apple Inc.
Initial releaseOctober 12, 2011 (2011-10-12)
Stable release
4.0.1[1] / October 17, 2014; 4 years ago (2014-10-17)[1]
Operating systemiOS 8 and later
Size6.1 MB
TypeLocation aware mobile application

Find My Friends (also known as "Find Friends" on the SpringBoard) is an application and service for iOS developed by Apple Inc. The app is used to locate friends that have an Apple device using GPS. Users utilize the app to keep track of children and friends. It was released on October 12, 2011 to the general public. As of the release of iOS 9, the app is now bundled with the operating system. If a user is running iOS 8, the app is available for download from the App Store free of charge.


Find My Friends was announced during the "Let's Talk iPhone" keynote event on October 4, 2011.[2] Find My Friends was released several hours earlier than the actual release of iOS 5.[3]

Version history[edit]

Version Number Date released Changes

October 11, 2011 (2011-10-11)

  • Initial release

March 7, 2012 (2012-03-07)

  • Support for Retina display devices
  • Bug fixes and enhancements

September 19, 2012 (2012-09-19)

  • Location-based alerts (requires iOS 6 or later)
  • Friend Suggestions and Favourites

October 29, 2012 (2012-10-29)

  • Temporary friends are listed as Followers

March 28, 2013 (2013-03-28)

  • New design and layout
  • Location-based notifications (iOS 6.1 or later)

August 22, 2013 (2013-08-22)

  • Bug fixes and stability improvements

November 19, 2013 (2013-11-19)

  • New design for iOS 7 devices

September 17, 2014 (2014-09-17)

  • Support for iOS 8
  • Allows users to move their friends list to their iCloud if needed.

October 16, 2014 (2014-10-16)

  • Bug fixes and stability improvements


With Find My Friends, users can follow and track people with their iOS device(s).[4] Users can also share their location with the people they choose. According to Apple, there is a maximum of 100 friends. One may also track friends and receive notifications when a friend leaves or arrives at a new place. [5] Location is determined using GPS in the iOS device when Location Services are turned on. Modified software can allow notifications appear to when a user requests another user to see where they are[6] or is turned on through the message application. It can also be accepted through Facebook sharing options. The feature can be turned on and off at any time.[7] Like many iOS applications that use Location Services, parental controls are available. Find My Friends synchronizes with other applications such as Maps and Contacts. The application is supported on the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad.[1]A friend's location can be viewed in OS X 10.10 as well, by clicking "Details" in the top right corner of the Messages App.

Safety Concerns[edit]

Apple predicted there would be safety concerns regarding sharing one’s exact location with someone. There are numerous safety precautions to allow a user to only share their location with people they want to share with. One can only obtain friends by accepting friend requests and can remove friends when necessary. Users can stop sharing their location altogether or only make it temporary with a certain friend. [8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "App Store - Find My Friends". Application Store. Apple Inc.
  2. ^ ZL Studios (October 4, 2011). "Apple Announces Find My Friends iOS 5 App « ZL Studios". Archived from the original on April 25, 2012. Retrieved October 13, 2011.
  3. ^ Christian Zibreg. "Find My Friends app goes live ahead of iOS 5 release | 9to5Mac | Apple Intelligence". 9to5Mac. Retrieved October 13, 2011.
  4. ^ "iCloud - Find your friends and your missing Apple device". Apple. Retrieved October 13, 2011.
  5. ^ "Set up and use Find My Friends". Apple Support. Retrieved 2018-10-31.
  6. ^ "How to Know if Your iPhone Is Being Tracked via Find My Friends - Cydia Geeks". Cydia Geeks. 2017-01-20. Retrieved 2017-01-20.
  7. ^ Previous post Next post (January 4, 2009). "Apple Stealth Launches 'Find My Friends' and 'Airport Utility' Apps | Gadget Lab". Retrieved October 13, 2011.
  8. ^ "Everything You Need to Know About The Evil, Useful Find My Friends App [FAQ] | Cult of Mac". Cult of Mac. 2011-10-31. Retrieved 2018-10-31.