How to set up Find My Friends notifications

Get notified when a friend or family member leaves or arrives at a location of your choosing with Find My Friends 2.0.

Find My Friends, an iOS app aimed at helping friends and family members keep tabs on one another, was updated with the release of iOS 6. Other than some simple user interface changes, there wasn't a whole lot added to the app, with one exception -- notifications.

You can now set notifications to get alerted when a contact in your Find My Friends app arrives at or leaves a location you set.

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To set up a notification for a friend, view their current location. In the upper-left corner of your screen, you'll see a button titled "Notify Me"; select it.

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You'll then be able to set the trigger for the alert. You can receive an alert when the friend leaves or arrives at a specific address, or if a loved one is going on a trip, enter the respective airport abbreviation (SFO = San Francisco, DEN = Denver) to get alerted once their flight has landed.

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When the friend has triggered the notification, you'll receive a push alert from Find My Friends on your iOS device.

Notifications, albeit a tad scary, could be a popular feature among families. Instead of constantly checking the whereabouts of your children, or perhaps parents, you can let technology do the work for you.

Just be careful with who you add as a friend. I don't want to read about a home invasion made possible by Apple and Find My Friends.

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Jason Cipriani has been covering mobile technology news for over five years. His work spans from CNET How To and software review sections to WIRED’s Gadget Lab and Fortune.com.

 

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