What used to be two apps, Find My iPhone and Find My Friends, is now a single app called Find My. The app makes finding your friends and family as well as your devices easier than ever and all in one spot.
With the changes and new features, we’ve compiled this handy guide to help you use the Find My app on your Mac. You’ll see how to find who or what you need, let others find you, and much more.
Make sure you’ve updated to macOS Catalina and you’re ready to go!
- Where is Find My Friends and how do I use it in iOS 13 or iPadOS?
- Complete guide to the new Find My App to track your Apple devices and more
- How the new Find My app privately locates your offline devices
Use Find My to locate friends and family
If you have friends and family who share their location with you, tracking them down in Find My on Mac is easy.
- Open Find My on Mac and click People.
- You’ll see those who’ve shared their location with you listed on the left.
- If you select a person, you’ll see their location on the map.
Messages you may see in the Find My app
If you see a message, “No location found,” that means that your friend or family member’s location cannot be found by the Find My app on Mac.
And if you see a message below their name, “Can see your location,” that means you’re sharing your spot with them, but they aren’t sharing theirs with you. If this happens, you can request that person’s location by following these steps.
- Click the Information button (small letter “i”) next to the person’s name on the map.
- Scroll down a bit in the pop-up and pick Ask To Follow Location.
Your friend or family member will receive the request and if they accept, their location will then display in Find My.
Additional options for People
You can do more with the Find My app on Mac in the People section then just find friends or family.
Click the Information button next to a person’s name on the map. You’ll then see their exact location with the address, if available, right below their name. You can then click one of the following options, some of which we’ll go into more detail later:
- Contact to view their contact card which lets you message, call, FaceTime, or email them along with providing their contact details.
- Directions to open the Maps app and obtain driving, walking, or transit directions to their location.
- Notifications to set up an alert for when that person leaves or arrives at a location. The location can be their current spot, your current spot, or another that you can add.
- Favorites to add that person to your Find My favorites.
- Edit Location Name to assign a label to their current spot like home, work, school, or a custom label.
- Share or Shop Sharing My Location depending on your current setting for that person.
- Remove Friend (or their name) to delete them from the People list in the Find My app. This will also remove you from their list.
With these terrific options built right into the Find My app, you can do a lot more than view your friend or family member’s location.
Enable Share My Location and adjust the settings
To share your location, allow requests from others, and use notifications, just do the following in the Find My app.
- Make sure People is selected and then click Me.
- Click the Information button next to Me on the map and turn on the toggle for Share My Location.
- Optionally, you can turn on the toggle for Allow Friend Requests. Note: If you turn this off, you’ll only receive location sharing requests from others who are already sharing their location with you.
- Click Receive Location Updates and choose to get notifications from Everyone or only People You Share With.
- Optionally, you can click Edit Location Name to select or create a label for your current spot.
Share your current location
You can share your current location with a specific person easily in Find My.
- Click Share My Location in the bottom left corner of the app window.
- Choose one or more contacts from the list.
- Click Send.
- Select the amount of time you’d like to share your location for from one hour to until the end of the day to indefinitely.
You’ll see a pop-up at the top of the window letting you know that you’re now sharing your location with that person. Click OK to close the notification.
Stop sharing your location
To stop sharing your location with someone, just click the Information button next to their name on the map and select Stop Sharing Location.
To stop sharing your location altogether, click Me, the Information button, and turn off the toggle for Share My Location.
Send and receive notifications
As we mentioned, you can set up location-based notifications in the Find My app on Mac. And what’s great is that you can create them for a friend or family member or for yourself.
Add notifications for People
You can create notifications so that you know when someone leaves or arrives at a location.
- Click the Information button next to the person’s name on the map and click Add under Notifications.
- Select Notify Me in the pop-out box.
- Choose from either When (their name) Arrives or When (their name) Leaves at the top.
- You can use (Their name)’s Current Location or click Add Location to pick a different place.
- Click Add and then Create Notification.
Your friend or family member will receive an alert when you set up the notification. And you can create up to 25 notifications like these across your People list.
Add notifications for yourself
You can have the person you’re sharing your location with receive a notification when you leave or arrive at a spot too. And the options are pretty flexible.
- Click the Information button next to the person’s name on the map you’re sharing your location with and click Add under Notifications.
- Select Notify (person’s name) in the pop-out box.
- Choose from either When I Arrive or When I Leave at the top.
- You can use My Current Location or click Add Location to pick a different place.
- Choose to send them a notification Only Once or Every Time.
- Click Add.
Now when you click the Information button next to that person’s name on the map, you’ll see your new Notification added.
Edit or delete notifications
To change or delete a notification, for yourself or someone you’re following, just follow these steps.
- Click the Information button next to the person’s name or yourself on the map and select the Notification.
- To edit it, make your changes and click Done.
- To remove it, scroll to the bottom and click Delete Notification. When the pop-up box appears at the top, click Delete Notification to confirm that action.
Use Find My to locate devices
Along with being a terrific tool for finding friends and family, the Find My app on Mac can come in super handy for locating devices.
Add your Mac to the Find My app
If you’ve already set up the Find My app on your Mac, you can skip this set of instructions. But if you’re just getting started, do the following.
- Open System Preferences with the button your Dock or by clicking Apple icon > System Preferences from the menu bar.
- Click Apple ID to the right of your username.
- Select iCloud on the left.
- Scroll to and mark the box for Find My Mac and click Allow.
- Optionally, you can click Options next to Find My Mac after you allow it. If you do, the next screen lets you turn on and off Find My Mac as well as Offline Finding.
- Click Done when you finish.
Locate a device
Now when you need to track down one of your devices, Find My comes to the rescue.
Open Find My on Mac and click Devices. You’ll see your devices listed on the left and their current locations on the map.
If you set up Family Sharing, you’ll also see a list of devices for those family members. Not only can you see their device locations, but also if they are online or offline. This is all convenient to help those in your family find and manage lost or stolen devices.
If you select a specific device, you’ll see the map zero in on its location. Click the Information button next to its name and you’ll see the exact location with address, if available, along with its battery level. From there, you can click one of the following options if necessary.
- Play Sound to hear the device ping.
- Directions to open the Maps app and obtain driving, walking, or transit directions to the device.
- Notify When Found to receive an alert once the device location is available (if you see a “No location found” message under its name).
- Mark As Lost to lock and track a missing device.
- Erase This Device to remove data, protect your device with Activation Lock, and disable Apple Pay. For more on the Erase This Device feature, check out the Apple Support site.
- Remove This Device to delete it from the device list.
Find who or what when you need to
The revamped Find My app brings the best of the two previous apps together. Now you have one single spot to find friends or family and your devices, all at the same time. Plus, the additional features within the app help you with notifications for your loved ones and actions for a lost or stolen device.
Are you happy to see the Find My app on Mac? Is it a tool that will come in handy for you and your family? Let us know your thoughts on it in the comments below!
Sandy worked for many years in the IT industry as a project manager, department manager, and PMO Lead. She then decided to follow her dream and now writes about technology full-time. Sandy holds a Bachelors of Science in Information Technology.
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