How to use the Find My app on iPhone
A phone without apps can be considered a useless gadget that can only make calls and send SMS. Each manufacturer adds “stuffing” from basic software to the device. For example, iPhones have their own unique applications. one of them is Locator. Let’s look at all the features in detail.
iPhone owners have the ability to locate lost Apple devices, as well as track the location of friends and acquaintances. Previously, users received information using Find My iPhone and Find My Friends.
However, iPhones and other devices with the iOS 13 operating system are arranged differently, a new Latitude software has appeared.
Consider all its functions in the format “Question and Answer”
For several years he worked in mobile phone stores of two large operators. I am well versed in tariffs and see all the pitfalls. I love gadgets, especially on Android.
No, the developers assure that the optimal functioning of the software does not require access to the network. iPhone finds lost devices and locates people with improved location technology
Yes, you can track any Apple device even when turned off. Gadgets still continue to transmit encrypted data through the advanced Bluetooth LE option. Your device will be able to decrypt the location information and you will find your tablet
Do I need to connect some function so that I can receive and transmit information from other Apple devices?
No, the application is built into the iPhone firmware, it works automatically without user intervention. The developers claim that a small amount of charging is spent on the application and data transfer. However, in order to be able to be discovered, you will need to enter the so-called Apple network (synchronization occurs via Bluetooth LE after connection), allow users to discover your device
Service “Find friends
Finding the location of the phone is not always required when the device is lost. Especially for such situations, Apple took care of creating the Find Friends service. This is a standard program that should be on every iPhone. If it is not there, you should download the application through the App Store, where it is provided completely free of charge.
After installing the software, it is important to set some parameters that will help in the future when looking for friends:
- Open an app on the iPhone you plan to monitor.
- Click the “Add” button.
- Enable AirDrop on your device.
- When the icon of another phone is displayed on the desired iPhone, you need to select the item “Share indefinitely”.
If necessary, you can activate position tracking for a certain time: for an hour or a day.
Now you can always know where your friend or loved one is. To determine its location, you will need to open the Find My Friends program and click on the connected device. If geolocation is enabled on it, the phone will be displayed as a large green dot on the virtual map.
Find friends and relatives
If you need to find a friend or family member who has shared their location with you, it’s very easy to do so.
Open the Latitude app, select the People tab at the bottom and select the person you need from the list. You will see their location on the map.
You can contact a person, look at the map, how to get to him, add notifications, etc.
▪️ there are now two tabs on the Latitude main page: Users (friends and family members) and Devices (your gadgets)
▪️ three functions are provided for each friend: view a contact, build a route to it and set up notifications
The name of the current location can be set by yourself
The first tab of the application shows the devices of your friends who have agreed to share their geolocation.
By selecting a user, you can see his exact location. Even the address will be written under the name.
You are allowed to share your location with other users directly in Latitude
In addition, here you can quickly build a route to a contact, as well as view his card.
Plus, set notifications either for yourself or for a person: about leaving the place where you are, or vice versa. show when your friend left, plus share the geolocation at a specific point in time.
Notifications depend on the user’s geolocation and are triggered upon arrival or departure from a specific point
▪️ in the Devices tab, you can additionally block the device remotely
The second tab contains a list of all your devices. The layout of this menu has also changed.
Here you can remotely play a sound, build a route to the device, notify when it is found, and mark the gadget as missing. And also erase the device or remove it from the list.
If the device is found, you will receive an email with the exact geolocation
Note: Removal from Find My iPhone does not come with an additional notification. The device will immediately disappear when you click on this button, but will return after restarting the application.
How to set up Notify When Forgotten
The feature can be enabled on iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch.
- Open the Locator app.
- Select the Devices tab at the bottom to view your Apple devices. Items tab displays AirTags and third-party accessories.
- Select a device or accessory.
- Select Notify me when forgotten and turn on the feature.
You have turned on notifications for this device only. Now repeat the process for the rest.
Now, if you forget your device in an unknown location, you will receive a notification about it. If you forget your iPhone, a notification will appear on your Apple Watch. If you forget your iPad or AirTag item, a notification will appear on your iPhone or Apple Watch.
By touching the notification, you will see the location on the map where the device is. You can see the directions directly in the Latitude application.
New in the app
This feature was given some time at the Apple presentation in September. The function is very useful, it allows you to search for devices without an Internet connection, as it was before.
Each of the gadgets sends a constantly changing key that nearby Apple devices use to encrypt and upload location data so that only your other Apple device has the key to decrypt those locations.
When you press the search button on your laptop, for example, the iPad uploads to Apple the same public key hash as the ID. So that Apple can search millions of stored encrypted locations and find the corresponding hash.
Craig Federigi, Apple Vice President for Development
For the locator correct operation, two Apple devices are required. On the lost device, the data on geopositions is encrypted, and on the second. decryll.
New application locator in iOS 13
Check out the support of the “Locator” application in this region.
We also recommend ensuring that the Locator application is supported in the region in which the person needs us. Apple has not yet provided the function of determining the location of people in all countries and regions due to the peculiarities of local legislation and technical problems. Often the reason for the application does not work properly, is the inaccessibility of this function in a particular country or region.
Despite the fact that the creators of the Locator application claim that they no longer need the Internet to determine the location of a person, we still recommend that you make sure that your target device is connected to the network. Make sure your phone has a strong network signal, whether you’re connected to a mobile network or a Wi-Fi network.
How to use the application?
There are three main points that are responsible for the main work. In one of the tabs you can search for people, the second is for searching for Apple devices, and the third will be useful if you need to change your personal geolocation settings.
To search for a person, you just need to select him in the “Users” tab, where you can find additional functionality: contacts, routes and notifications. Everything is clear here, contacts display information about a person, routes allow you to open a map, and notifications provide the ability to receive notifications if the selected subscriber is somewhere nearby.
In the devices tab, you can see all the Apple devices that you and your family have. There is also a specific setting for each position in the list.
To discover the device, you can use one of the proposed functions:
- Play Sound: Play a sound on the device you want to find;
- Routes: direct location on the map;
- Notifications: notifications will appear when a device’s location information is received, if it is marked as missing.
- Mark as lost: Directly marks the device as lost and starts an automatic search for it.
Also here you can delete devices that are no longer yours or are not in use.
In the tab with the name “I” you can configure the parameters of your geolocation, as well as accept or reject friendship from other subscribers.
P.S. Allowing people to leave devices at home
Let’s say you’re fine with having your iPad or iMac always at home. Or at work. Or in general in some particular geo-position.
In this case, set this location as a safe location.
Open the Latitude, go to the Devices tab and select the one that you are not afraid to leave in a trusted location. Scroll down its tab, go to the Notify when forgotten menu and click on New location.
Mark the desired point on Apple Maps, select the maximum allowed radius from the three options below and tap on Done in the upper right corner.
Now, when your device or item with AirTag remains within this radius, Latitude will not consider it forgotten and will not send a notification.
I’m not the type to forget personal things easily. But alas, it happens to everyone. Keys in the gym locker room, a laptop at work, a tablet in another backpack, and so on. Everyone has at least one story about how you parted with things through your negligence. Sometimes. forever. Thanks to this Latitude feature in iOS 15, I.