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[UPDATE] Apple Releases “Find My Friends” iOS App, Download Now!

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Update 1:

You can grab Find My friends via the Canadian App Store now. Below is the direct link:

Download Find My Friends For iPhone / iPad

Prepping up for the big iOS 5 launch later today, Apple has just pushed the “Find My Friends” app for iOS 5 devices which lets you locate your contacts on a map and share your own location with them. As noted by noted by 9to5Mac, the app is not available directly on the App Store. Instead, you must log in to iCloud.com, which went live earlier today and hit the Install Find My Friends link.

 

Find My Friends allows you to easily location your friends and family from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Install this free app on your iOS 5 device and sign in with the Apple ID you use with iCloud. Adding a friend is easy – just send a request to see their location. Once your friend accepts using the Find My Friends app, you will then be able to see that friend’s location on a map. You can also choose to share your location for a limited period of time with a group of friends. Use Find My Friends  to keep track of your traveling companions when you’re on a vacation. Or to see if the kids are home from school. Or to find the friends you’re meeting for dinner.

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  • Robert

    You need iOS 5 to download

  • JC

    Yes, it is available on the App store, however you need to IOS 5 to be able to download it

  • Cake

    The download works. You can use  itunes on a computer to download it.

  • Bpflum4216

    I’ve downloaded both apps via iTunes.  Unfortunately, you still need iOS 5 to be able to download them to your iPhone.  My advice, wait for iOS 5, lest you get confused/frustrated

  • lucss

    I dont like this its a bit to stalker.

  • BrianC

    How is this different from Google Latitude?  Which has been available at the App Store for over a year.

  • Jbohn

    What’s a tad confusing is that the login page simply asks for your AppleID. Currently there are 3 types of ID’s one can have: an iTunes/Apple Store/App Store/Apple Support Website AppleID, MobileMe, or iCloud.

    If you try your iTunes etc. AppleID, which I did, Find My Friends appends @me.com to your ID and it won’t work. If you try your MobileMe email then you’ll be asked to migrate to iCloud.

    Apple needs to quickly resolve the issue of multiple AppleID’s because apparently MobileMe/iCloud has morphed into an AppleID but I have everything under my iTunes etc.

  • Flaxx

    correct me anyone if i’m wrong about this, but I believe the big difference is that Find-my-Friends is like Find-My-iPhone in that if you allow someone to track you, they get updates directly from your phone (through some push notification — it was using the exchange protocol in iOS3/4) without you having to respond or have the Find-My-Friends app running. In addition, because of this scheme, it only consumes extra battery when someone polls the location of your phone, unlike google latitude that updates your location even if no one is looking.

  • ThatGuy

    I had no such issues. Just use your apple ID and viola. If you have iOS 5 it should work no problem.

  • Jbohn

    Is your AppleID an email address? Mine is not, so it keeps adding the @me.com.

  • Anonymous

    Phew, finally I can keep my eye on my g/f where ever she goes. /sarcasm

    The only way I can see this app being useful is if you’re trying to meet up with a friend and get lost etc. Otherwise it’s just waaay tmi for friends, though family I can understand. I hope this doesn’t cause harm to peoples homes and a girls personal safety.

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