Find My Friends is a location-sharing tool that allows you to see where your friends and family are as well as share your own location. This app may come in handy whether you’re going to meet for a cup of coffee, go to the movies or go shopping. It also can be extremely useful in some serious situations when you need to know the exact location of a person to help them.
The interface is quite intuitive, so I believe you won’t have any difficulties with it. There are panels for your friends that use the app, your profile, your temporary location that I will cover later, and the map itself.
You can choose to see only one particular person on the map or all of your friends at the same time. That’s pretty much it as the main purpose of the app is tracking you, your friends, and family which Find My Friends does pretty well. Design of the interface deserves a solid 5/5.
With Find My Friends, you can add your friends and family to the contacts, so that you can see their current location if needed. Another person will get your request and decide whether they want to add you to their contacts or not.
So, if you’re worried about safety, you should know that another person will see your location only if you approved this person’s request. I’m not sure are there some third-party programs that can get access to your location without your permission although I tend to be too worried about privacy. Let’s just hope that only trusted friends and family will see where you are at any given moment =)
Of course, you should be cautious about people you add to your contact list as they will see your current location. If your children use this app, talk to them and explain how to react to strangers’ requests.
By the way, you can hide your location if you want to. But don’t forget to make it visible when it’s really necessary. One day, my boyfriend and I went to the amusement park, and I got lost somehow. As he could see my location, he found me pretty soon, and without the app, this would obviously take more time.
You also can share your location for a limited amount of time – there is the temporary location feature for this. For instance, this one is useful for events that you schedule right in the app – like meeting with friends or going to the movies. 4 for the features.
Find My Friend is compatible with not only iPhone, iPad, and iPod but also with Blackberry and Android-based phones. The developers claim that it also works on non-smart phones. They say you can send a person with a non-smart phone an invite via text, and if they approve your request, they will appear on your app’s map.
Convenience and Performance
I find this app pretty useful in some situations. Of course, it’s convenient to see where exactly your friends are if you’re going, let’s say, to the movies. But Find My Friends can help you in some critical situation when you got lost or got in some kind of trouble. Knowing your exact location, your friends and family can do something to help you.
Although the app is called Find My Friends, my cousin uses it to keep track of where her 12-years-old son is. So, I guess it’s a good app for parents who want to know their children’s location as well – 4.5/5.
- Find My Friends allows you to track your friends and family showing their exact location;
- Only confirmed friends can see your current location;
- You can hide your location if you don’t want anybody to see it.
- Premium version of the app is paid;
- There are not so many features: you can basically chat with friends and track their location;
- Other people can hide where they are so you won’t see them on the map.
Overall, Find My Friend is a great app for staying in touch with friends and family and even keeping them safe. This app can be extremely helpful in case of emergency giving you the exact location of a person who may be in trouble. It also may come in handy for those of you who like hanging out with friends as the app lets you discuss the place and the time as well as see each other on the way there