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Find My
Developer(s)Apple Inc.
Initial releaseSeptember 19, 2019 (2019-09-19)
Operating systemiOS 13, iPadOS 13 and macOS Catalina
PredecessorFind My iPhone, Find My Friends
TypeLocation aware
Asset tracking
LicenseProprietary licence

Find My is an app and service provided by Apple Inc.[1] that enables users to track the locations of iOS, iPadOS, MacOS, WatchOS devices and AirPods, a function formerly provided by the app Find My iPhone; and to share their GPS locations to others with Apple devices, a function formerly provided by the app Find My Friends.[6]


Find My allows user to locate their Apple device, which also allows for :

  • Play sound – makes the device play a sound at maximum volume, makes flashing on screen even if it is muted. This feature is useful if the device has been mislaid, and is equivalent to finding a mislaid phone by calling it using another phone.
  • Lost mode – flags the device as lost or stolen, allowing the user to lock it with a passcode. If the device is an iPhone and someone finds the device, they can call the user directly on the device.
  • Erase iPhone – completely erases all content and settings, which is useful if the device contains sensitive information, but the device cannot be located after this action is performed. After the erase is complete, the message can still be displayed and the device will be activation locked. This makes it hard for someone to use or sell the device. An Apple ID password will be required to turn off Find My iPhone, sign out of iCloud, erase the device, or reactivate a device after a remote wipe.


Apple announced Find My in WWDC 2019, in iOS 13 and macOS 10.15 (Catalina) replacing existing Find My iPhone, Find My Mac, and Find My Friends. [7][8]

Find My officially available for public in iOS 13 on September 19, 2019 [9][10], followed by iPadOS 13.1 on September 24, 2019 [11][12] then macOS 10.15 on October 7, 2019 [13]


  1. ^ "Find My - Official Apple Support". Retrieved 2019-10-09.
  2. ^ Cipriani, Jason (September 21, 2019). "Use the new Find My app to hunt down your friends and your iPhone". CNET. Retrieved 2019-10-10.
  3. ^ Moren, Dan (September 8, 2019). "iOS 13 Find My App: How to Track Your iPhone or Friends". Tom's Guide. Retrieved 2019-11-07.
  4. ^ Evans, Jonny (21 June 2019). "How 'Find My' Mac works in macOS Catalina and iOS 13". Computerworld. Retrieved 2019-11-07.
  5. ^ Greenberg, Andy (June 5, 2019). "Apple's 'Find My' Feature Uses Some Very Clever Cryptography". Wired. ISSN 1059-1028. Retrieved 2019-11-07.
  6. ^ [2][3][4][5]
  7. ^ Carman, Ashley (2019-06-03). "Apple's new Find My app will find your devices even if they're offline". The Verge. Retrieved 2019-11-07.
  8. ^ Feiner, Lauren (2019-06-03). "Here's everything Apple just announced: iOS 13, Mac Pro and more". CNBC. Retrieved 2019-11-07.
  9. ^ Potuck, Michael (2019-09-10). "Apple announces iOS 13 release date of September 19". 9to5Mac. Retrieved 2019-11-07.
  10. ^ Clover, Juli. "Apple Releases iOS 13 With System-Wide Dark Mode, Privacy Updates, Revamped Photos App, Find My App, New Maps Features and More". Retrieved 2019-11-07.
  11. ^ Mayo, Benjamin (2019-09-24). "Apple releases iPadOS 13.1 featuring Dark Mode, new Home Screen and multitasking, Arcade, and more". 9to5Mac. Retrieved 2019-11-07.
  12. ^ Clover, Juli. "Apple Releases iPadOS With New Home Screen, Multitasking Improvements, Apple Pencil Updates and More". Retrieved 2019-11-07.
  13. ^ Clover, Juli. "Apple Releases macOS Catalina With Find My, Screen Time, and No More iTunes". Retrieved 2019-11-07.
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