Make sure you child is staying safe using Family Sharing and Find My

Keep track of your Family Sharing group using the Find My app on your iPhone.

While many people know that Family Sharing can be used to share iTunes purchases, Apple Music, iCloud storage, and more, did you also know that you can use it to keep track of locations of your various family members? Once you set up location sharing in the Family Sharing menu, you, your partner, or your kids will be free to share their locations as they choose.

If you want to the location tracking feature available through Family Sharing and Apple's Find My app, there are a couple of things to keep in mind. First, once it's activated, everyone else in your Family Sharing unit has to activate it on their own devices. You cannot force someone to share their location using Find My. Second, any family member can stop sharing their location at any time. If you're hoping to use Find My to make sure your kids are staying safe and not going anywhere they're not supposed to, you'll need to establish ground rules with your child about the use of location tracking.

How to set up Family Sharing

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap the Apple ID banner.
  3. Tap Set Up Family Sharing.
  4. Tap Get Started.
  5. Tap Continue.
  6. Tap Continue on Share Purchases.
  7. Tap Continue to confirm your payment method.
  8. Tap Share Your Location if you want to set up location sharing right away.
  9. Tap Add Family Member.
  10. Start typing someone's name.
  11. Tap the person you'd like to add as a Family Member.
  12. Enter the credit card security code when prompted in order to verify that you're the organizer.
  13. Tap the first feature you'd like to share with your family.

How to set up location sharing in Family Sharing

If you didn't set up Location sharing for your family initially, you can do so later at any time. This will allow your family members to share their locations with one another.

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap the Apple ID banner.
  3. Tap Family Sharing.

  4. Tap Location Sharing.
  5. Tap Share Your Location.
  6. Tap Send A Message to let your family know that you're sharing your location.

Once you've turned Location Sharing on for your Family Sharing account, each family member, including any of your children, will need to turn on Location Sharing in Find My on their own devices. From there, it's just a matter of using Find My just as you would with any other person who's not in your Family Sharing group.

How to use Find My on iPhone and iPad

How to share your location with a specific family member with Family Sharing

If you don't want to share your location with your whole family, just a specific member or a couple of members, here's how you can do that from the Family Sharing menu.

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap the Apple ID banner.
  3. Tap Family Sharing.

  4. Tap Location Sharing.
  5. Tap the family memberwith whom you want to share.
  6. Tap Share My Location.

Questions?

If you have any questions about sharing your location using Family Sharing and the Find My app, let us know in the comments.