How does Find my iPhone app work

"Where is?" set up on an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac

Don't forget, "Where is?" Set up so you can locate lost devices or items, including paired AirPods, your Apple Watch, or a personal item with an AirTag attached.

"Where is?" Activate on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap your name, then tap Where Is?
  3. If you want your friends and family to be able to locate you, turn on Share My Location.
  4. Tap Find My [device], then turn on Find My [device].
  5. To view your device even when it is offline, enable the "Where is?" Network. *
  6. To send the location of your device to Apple when the battery is low, turn on Send Last Location.

If you want to find your lost device on a map, make sure location services are turned on. To do this, go to Settings> Privacy> Location Services and turn on Location Services.

* The network "Where is?" is an encrypted, anonymous network in which hundreds of millions of Apple devices are recorded and through which you can locate your device.

How to add your AirPods, Apple Watch or Beats product to "Where is?" added

If your AirPods, Apple Watch, or supported Beats product are paired with your iPhone, they'll be configured automatically when you turn on Find My iPhone.

An AirTag or supported third-party product related to Where Is? Add

In the current iOS, iPadOS and macOS version, you can use the "Where is?" Keep an eye on both AirTag products and supported third-party products.

Activate for "Where is?" the location access to use the precision search and to be able to display the location of your AirTag as accurately as possible. Go to Settings> Privacy> Location Services, scroll down and tap Where Is It. Check the option "When using the app" or "When using the app / widgets" and activate "Exact location".

Learn more about setting up an AirTag or supported third-party product using Where Is?

"Where is?" activate for your Mac

  1. Choose the Apple menu ()> System Preferences.
  2. Click on "Security" and then on the "Privacy" tab. When the security lock on the lower left is closed, click it, then enter the administrator's name and password.
  3. Select "Location Services".
  4. Select the "Enable Location Services" check box and make sure the check box next to "Where is?" is also selected.
  5. Click Done and return to the main System Preferences window.
  6. Click Apple ID, then click iCloud.
  7. Check the box next to Find My Mac.
  8. To help you find your Mac if it's lost or stolen, click Options. Check that "Find My Mac" and the network "Where is" are activated. * Then click on "Done".

* The network "Where is?" is an encrypted, anonymous network in which hundreds of millions of Apple devices are recorded and through which you can locate your device.

additional Information

  • The Where is? App Combines Find My iPhone and Find My Friends into a single app included with iOS 13, iPadOS, and macOS Catalina or later. If you're using iOS 12 or macOS Mojave or earlier, learn how to configure Find My iPhone on your devices or use Find Friends to locate friends and family.
  • If you need help using the Where is? use Search on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, or Spotlight on your Mac.
  • Learn how to locate your device on iCloud.com.

The availability and features of Where Is? may vary by country or region.

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