How to Track Location of Family Members on iPhone

It is important to keep track of your children or grandparents to contact them if they are lost or stuck somewhere. Using the iPhone, you can also track their location.

Track the location of the family member on i Phone

We don’t want you to spy on your kids or elders all the time. Instead, you can track the location of your family members without intimidating them, add geotagging, and do more with your iPhone.

1. Use Apple Find My App

Before using Apple’s Find My service, you must configure Family Sharing in the Settings menu.

Step 1: Open the iPhone Settings app.

2nd step: Access your Apple ID.

Step 3: Select Family Sharing.

Open Apple Profile

Open family sharing

Step 4: Tap Add Member and you can invite up to five members to your group.

Add a member to Family Sharing

Open Settings and go to the Apple ID menu on a family member’s device. Select Find My and make sure the Share my location toggle is turned on.

Open find my in settings

Activate share my location

You should also enable location services for the Find My app and make sure that it uses accurate location for accurate data.

Step 1: Open Settings on iPhone and select Privacy.

2nd step: Go to Location Services and turn on the Location Services toggle.

Open privacy menu

Open location tracking

Step 3: Scroll down to the Find My app and turn on the Precise location option.

Open find my menu

Share a valuable location

You are ready to check your family member’s live location from your iPhone using the Find My app. Let’s check out the app in action.

Step 1: Open Find my app on iPhone.

2nd step: Go to the Devices tab.

Step 3: You will see the location of other family members’ devices on the list.

Open the device menu

Step 4: Tap on it and check the directions or play the sound.

Check location live

Family sharing set up on iPhone comes with other benefits (like the ability to share past purchases, share iCloud + storage, etc.). Read our dedicated article to find out the main things you need to know about Apple Family Sharing.

As the name suggests, Apple’s Find My service is also useful when you have multiple Apple devices. Use the Find My app and follow them without any problem.

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2. FamiSafe (Freemium)

While Apple’s Find My service works fine, it does have some limitations. For example, you can’t see the battery status on your kid’s phone, browsing history, added geo barriers, etc.

This is where FamiSafe comes in and offers a full parental control experience on iPhone.

You need to install an iOS profile on your kids’ phone and link their FamiSafe account to your main FamiSafe app.

Once everything is set up, you will be able to check a family member’s live location, check screen time, add web filter, check full location history, block inappropriate images, etc.

You can set geographic barriers and add a digital location limit and get notified when the little one crosses the set location.

Step 1: Open the FamiSafe app on your iPhone.

2nd step: From the home screen, you will be able to see your kids’ live location and iPhone battery percentage.

Famisafe House

Step 3: Go to the Features tab and scroll to Location History.

Location history in famisafe

FamiSafe is a subscription service. The monthly plan starts at $ 10.99 per month or $ 60.99 per year.

3. Google Maps

If you have an iPhone and your family member or child is using an Android phone, you don’t need to worry.

Apple’s Find My service does not work on Android. FamiSafe is available on Android, but it’s a paid service. You can use Google Maps to receive live locations and track your family members on your iPhone for a cross-platform solution.

You will need to follow the steps below to set it up and check the location live in real time on iPhone.

Step 1: Open Google Maps on the phone.

2nd step: Tap the profile picture at the top.

Step 3: Select Location Sharing.

Open google maps profile

Open google maps settings

Step 4: Give the appropriate permissions and select Share location.

Share your location live with others, and you’re good to go. You have an option for how long you want others to follow you.

Share location in google maps

Share location live in google maps

For example, you can select 2 hours or 3 hours from the share menu, and the live location will be turned off after that.

Parents can see your live location and remaining battery on your Android phone. From Google Maps, you can also ask them to share their location with you.

Keep track of your loved ones

Here. You no longer have to worry about your children when they ask for permission to go out with friends. Use the solutions above and keep them up to date with live location tracking. What software are you going to use? Share your pick in the comments below.

Last updated on December 28, 2021

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