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Find My Friends is a great app that is often overlooked. The app provides an easy way to share your location with friends and family.
Apple has a very simple way of describing Find My Friends:
For finding your way to the party, keeping track of family at a crowded amusement park, or getting picked up at the airport, Find My Friends is your app.
Find My Friends also has a “Notify Me” feature that allows you to get location based alerts when your friends or family members arrive at, or leave a specific location. This feature does sound a little creepy, but it can be very useful in certain situations.
If you’d like to learn how to set up location based alerts for Find My Friends, watch the video or follow the steps below:
Note: This tutorial requires the Find My Friends app that’s available for free in the App Store.
Step 1: Open Find My Friends and login with your Apple ID. The next screen will display a list of the friends you have added. If you’d like to add friends to this list, tap on the plus sign in the top right corner of the screen and type in an email address or contact name.
Step 2: Tap on a friend in the list to reveal their current location. Next, tap on the “Notify Me” button in the top right corner of the screen.
Step 3: Here you’ll be able to specify the conditions for the alert. Select either “Leaves” or “Arrives,” depending on when you want the alert to happen. You also have the option to enter a different address by tapping on the bottom row containing your friend’s current location.
Step 4: When you’re done with that, tap on “Done” in the top right corner. Your friend will be notified when the location based alert is created.
When your friend’s location meets the conditions set for the alert, you’ll receive a notification. For a detailed overview of this process, check out the video overview.
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