Use Find My Friends to alert anyone of your location

Find My Friends can automatically send an e-mail to a contact on your behalf, alerting them of your current location. Here's how to set up the handy feature.

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Find My Friends is a handy app for families who want to keep tabs on each other. Of course it has a downside for couples who aren't always honest with each other, but that's to be expected.

Previously, I had shown you how to set up alerts for your Find My Friends contacts. Once set up, you'd receive an alert on your iOS device when they either arrived or left a location. But I neglected to show you how to send alerts to a Find My Friends contact, or to anyone else, regardless of if they have an iOS device or not. It takes just a few seconds of your time.

  • To set up a single or repeating Find My Friends alert on your iOS device, launch the app and navigate to the "Me" tab.

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  • Tap on the Notify button under your current location.

Screenshot by Jason Cipriani/CNET

  • You can now set up a notification by entering a Find My Friend contact (you'll have to use the same e-mail address they use with the service), or you can enter any e-mail address to send an alert to. Set the app to either send the notification immediately, or at a specific location. The latter option will allow you to set up an alert when you either leave or arrive at a predefined location. You can even set the alert to repeat.

Setting up an alert when you leave the house to alert a spouse, or parent, when you arrive at a location is a convenient way to ensure you don't forget to send a message. Keep in mind you'll need to be running the latest version of Find My Friends on iOS 6 for notifications to work.

About the author

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


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