Find My Friends

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Late in December we talked about Find My iPhone but didn't mention Find My Friends. That's because it was worth its own post.

Find My Friends is a companion to the Find My iPhone system but for finding, you guessed it, your friends instead of your own devices. The Find My Friends app comes with your iPhone and can be used to locate anyone in your iCloud Family or friends who've given you permission to see their location.

If you've added a child to your Family, their location will always be visible to you in the Find My Friends app. No more logging in and out of accounts in the Find My iPhone app to see where your kids are. This is great for parents who need to know where their kids are and keeps everyone honest. You can also see where other adults are in your Family so long as they have not elected to stop sharing their location. Anyone except for children can decide to not share their location while simultaneously still seeing others.

If someone isn't in your Family but you'd like to share location with them, you can do that through the Find My Friends app and clicking the Add button in the top right. They will get a request from you to share their location with you and you have the option of sharing your location with them. You can disable and re-enable sharing at any time.

The Find My Friends app goes a few steps further, however. For instance, you can set up alerts to let you know when a friend or family member leaves or enters a physical location. This is great for getting better estimates of when loved ones will be home. You can also get directions to the people who are sharing their location with you.

If you need help in setting up Find My Friends or more information about the service, let JTec know at (949) 466-8442 or

Joshua Wallace

JTec, Santa Cruz, CA

    Ever since my mother won a computer at a company raffle when I was 6, I’ve been hooked. Nothing excites me more than new technology and I’m always the first to dissect and figure it out. From building my own PCs from parts at the LA Computer Fair in Pomona to my first PowerBook when I was 15, I’ve always loved computers. 

     My first job tutoring was for community service during high school. I first assisted and then became a teacher at a beginners computer course for the elderly and those with English as a second language. There I taught the basics of computing (using a mouse, file systems, etc.) and went on to teach Excel, Word, and PowerPoint. I’ve managed a law firm’s computer network and integrated Macs into a predominantly PC environment. I’ve also held weekly classes for a retirement community focusing on doing more with their Macs. They learned things such as how to import and edit photos with iPhoto from a digital camera, how to set up Email, and much more. It was extremely fulfilling and I loved passing on my knowledge. 

     Now I work on-call and travel to client’s homes or businesses to “fix” their computers while teaching them how to fix it themselves in the future. I also will routinely take computers home to repair hardware issues such as broken screens or trackpads. I genuinely want you to learn how to make the most out of your technology and I always aim to make you self-sufficient.