How to Fix Find My Friends Not Working

Find My Friends currently supports both iPhone and Android phones. If Find My Friends app isn’t working on your phone, here are a few fixes.

Author Avatar Joy Taylor Last Updated: Oct. 27, 2022

Find My Friends, known as “Find Friends”, is a service initially provided for iOS users to share their locations with people they choose. Now Android users also have access to this app. Just like any other app, sometimes Find My Friends could go wrong and not work properly. If Find My Friends on your iPhone is not working, here in this post, we listed a few fixes for you. Don’t stop reading if you are an Android user, these methods also work on Android phones.

How to Fix Find My Friends Not Working

Find My Friends Not Working

Find My Friends Not Working

While talking about Find My Friends not working, people may refer to Find My Friends app not responsive, Find My Friends Notify Me not working, or Find My Friends location not accurate. So here in this post, we will talk about how to fix these problems one by one.

Before trying these troubleshooting processes, please make sure you have the latest version of Find My Friends and the latest iOS (if you are an iOS user).

1 > Fix Find My Friends Not Responsive

While Find My Friends is not responsive, you can only force Find My Friends to close. After Find My Friends is closed, your device won’t appear on your friend’s device and geofence alerts from Find My iPhone would also not be delivered to your friends who follow your device. By the way, please force close Find My Friends app or turn off Find My Friends only in the condition of Find My Friends not being responsive, it is always not good to stop an app while it is working.

2 > Fix Find My Friends Notify Me Not Working

This is one common notification problem and dozens of reasons might cause this issue, but no matter how this happens, try the problem shooting steps below.

1. Make Sure Both Your Friends’ & Your Devices Support Location Notifications

Normally, most Android phones support location notifications, however, as for iOS users, you need iPhone 4 or later, iPad 3d generation or later, iPod touch 5th generation with iOS 6 or later to get notifications.

2. Make Sure Both Your Friends & You Are Somewhere with Good Signals

Good signals make sure devices could receive and send information from/to the Internet. Going outside and turning on Wi-Fi in Settings could be helpful to get good signals.

3. Make Sure Find My Friends Has Turned on in Location Services on Both Devices

While Find My Friends in a phone is not granted with location, it is sure that other phones can’t get notifications.

To check if Find My Friends is turned on in location services, you have to go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services. If Find My Friends is dimmed, check Settings > Restrictions to see if the restriction needs to be changed.

4. Make Sure Both of Your Friends’ and Your Device Haven’t Stopped Sharing Location

Sometimes we might mistakenly shut down Find My Friends app or devices that are out of power, these all could lead to sudden stop of sharing location. This can be confirmed just by a call.

3 > Fix Find My Friends Location Not Accurate

Generally speaking, Find My Friends is accurate, but it takes time for it to really find your location. If Find My Friends location is not accurate, why don’t you wait a few minutes before it shows you an accurate location?

If Find My Friends still not showing accurate locations, maybe it is just because you have signed in Find My Friends on more than one device. Check which of your devices your friends can see, and sign out Find My Friends on other devices.

The Bottom Line

That’s all for how to fix some common problems associating to Find My Friends Not Working, including Find My Friends not responsive, Find My Friends Notify Me not working and Find My Friends location not accurate. Please give this post a like or share this post with others if you find it helpful. By the way, if you have decided to upgrade to iPhone 8, AnyTrans¬†could help you transfer data from iPhone to new iPhone, why don’t you download it and have a try?

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Senior writer of the iMobie team as well as an Apple fan, love to help more users solve various types of iOS & Android-related issues.

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