Look out for your fam­ily

Track down shop­ping mall es­capees or re­cover a miss­ing iPhone

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Lo­ca­tion shar­ing of­fers two key ben­e­fits for par­ents. First of all, it en­ables you to use the Find My Friends app to see where your off­spring are. That’s re­ally use­ful if you’ve been hang­ing on be­fore start­ing din­ner, or if they haven’t turned up at an ar­ranged meet­ing point.

The fea­ture also makes it pos­si­ble to track down a miss­ing iOS de­vice by us­ing the Find My iPhone app (or Find iPhone at iCloud.com). We use this of­ten to ping mis­placed iPhones and iPads that we know are some­where in the house, but it’s also use­ful for re­motely lock­ing and even wip­ing a de­vice that’s been lost or stolen.

1 Share your lo­ca­tion

Each fam­ily mem­ber can share their lo­ca­tion with other fam­ily mem­bers from one iOS de­vice at a time. On your Mac, set who tracks you in Fam­ily Shar­ing’s My Apps & Ser­vices tab.

2 Choose who sees it

On iOS, you man­age who sees your lo­ca­tion in Set­tings > [your name] > Fam­ily Shar­ing > Lo­ca­tion Shar­ing. You can set which de­vice’s lo­ca­tion is used here, or dis­able it al­to­gether.

3 See oth­ers’ lo­ca­tions

Lo­ca­tion Shar­ing trans­mits to Find My Friends and Find My iPhone. In this ex­am­ple we’ve used the lat­ter ser­vice at iCloud.com (where it’s called Find iPhone) to track our fam­ily’s de­vices.

4 Lo­cate and lock

If you think a de­vice is lost or stolen, you can lock it (Lost Mode) or erase it al­to­gether by se­lect­ing those op­tions in Find My Phone. Try ping­ing it with the Play Sound op­tion first!

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