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Almost a year ago, Apple introduced Find My iPhone Find Your Lost Or Stolen iPhone, iPad Or iPod Touch with Find My iPhone Find Your Lost Or Stolen iPhone, iPad Or iPod Touch with Find My iPhone Read More , an iOS app that locates your iPhone, through an Apple me.com account. It allows you to either send a display message to your phone, a new passcode that will lock it down, or permanently wipe all of the data. With the introduction of iOS 5, Apple has created a similar app for finding your friends and family members called Find My Friends.

Find My Friends enables you to geolocate your friends from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch (running the latest operating software, iOS 5). The app requires that both you and your friends are running the program on an iOS device. You and your friends must also have an Apple ID and an iCloud account for the app to work. You can use your contacts in your Address Book to send invitations, but the process doesn’t tell you if your friends has an iPhone or other iOS device.

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After your friends accept your request for location information, you will be able to keep track of where they are. Find My Friends might be useful for keeping track of your teenager or traveling companions when you’re on a vacation. You can’t contact selected found friends from within the app, but you can connect through FaceTime, phone, or email.  But the app could also have other consequences.  Allegedly, it has already been held responsible for exposing an affair and breaking up a marriage.

You can also use the Temporary feature to allow selected friends to receive your geolocation for a specified period of time without them requesting it.

Find My Friends is a free download from the iTunes App Store.

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What do you think of the app?  Extremely useful or rather creepy?

Source: Macworld

  1. angelo
    November 1, 2011 at 4:37 am

    first few days when i use that Find my friends App, it worked great though the location seem not move while the parties are on the move. but for the last few days... it's always appeared as Location not available when i try to locating my partner. Why?

    • angelo
      November 1, 2011 at 4:38 am

      P.S: my partner and I are both use iphone 4.

    • Tina
      November 1, 2011 at 2:40 pm

      Angelo,

      this may be a question best suited to be posted on MakeUseOf Answers.

  2. Bakari Chavanu
    October 24, 2011 at 1:45 am

    Everyone, thanks for your feedback. Unfortunately at the time I wrote this news article, I wasn't able to test it out. So definitely appreciate you sharing your feedback and experience with it so for. We may do an actual review it pretty soon.

  3. Oneway
    October 22, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    Same here - I have 3 friends that have the same problem with "Location not available" and were in the same room. We checked all the settings to make sure we could find each other, but not luck. What a useless App.

  4. Georges Khairallah
    October 19, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    I've been trying to use the app for a while. (for me and my wife), and we both have the 3GS, and I find it to be quite unreliable, as most of the time, the app states : Location Not Available. Has anyone had an issue with this? perhaps it's the GPS on the 3GS that doesn't interact well with the app? 

    • Skittles
      October 20, 2011 at 10:37 pm

      I have the same problem. I don't know what it is. I show up all the time on my husband's phone (I have an iPhone 4), but he's never on mine (he has a 3GS). But I can usually find my mother (also has a 3GS).

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