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How to Receive Location Updates From a Friend Using Find My

In iOS 13 and iPadOS, the Find My app replaces the Find My Friends and the Find My iPhone apps of old and brings their features together in a unified interface that allows you to find whatever it is you need. For example, like Find My Friends, the Find My app lets friends share their location with you and vice versa. If your friend allows it, it also lets you receive notifications whenever they leave or arrive at a location. Getting location updates can be particularly useful if you're trying to coordinate a meet-up, or if you'd just like to know when your other half is returning home from work so that you can start preparing dinner. Keep reading to learn how to enable the feature in the Find My app. Launch the Find My app on your iPhone or iPad. Select the People tab. Tap the friend that you want to receive location updates from. Drag the person's card up over the map to reveal all the options. Tap Add... under Notifications. Select Notify Me in the pop-up menu. If you ever want to turn off location updates from a friend, simply return to the Notifications section of the person's card and you'll see an option to disable them. Note that you can choose to receive location updates from everyone in your friends list, or only from people with whom you share your own location. To choose between these two options, switch to the Me tab, drag the Me card up over the map to reveal all your options, then tap Receive Location Updates and select either People You Share With or Everyone.

How to Prevent Unsolicited AirDrops to Your Apple Device

Since its introduction with iOS 7, AirDrop has become the favored means for iPhone and iPad users to instantly share photos, videos, documents, and more to nearby Apple devices over Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Using it to transmit content from apps like Photos and Safari couldn't be simpler, thanks to its top-level location in the iOS Share Sheet, accessed via the ubiquitous Share icon. AirDrop is popular with all sorts of users, from teenagers who use it to flirt or share innocent memes in public places like concerts and festivals, to professionals who AirDrop project materials to each other across the office. Unfortunately, however, the way AirDrop currently works also leaves it wide open to abuse. Technically, iOS doesn't allow just anyone to share a photo or document to your device unless you actively choose to accept it. The problem with AirDrop though is that it displays a preview of the proposed shared content on your device's screen, whether or not you actually want to see it. Riders on New York City's subways often report being subjected to unsolicited nude images sent over AirDrop in this way. In fact the problem is so bad that NYC lawmakers introduced a bill last year that would make it illegal "for a person to send an unsolicited sexually explicit video or image to another person with intent to harass, annoy or alarm such other person." But finding and prosecuting an AirDrop offender would be extremely difficult. The problem is that when someone attempts to send something to you over AirDrop, iOS identifies them by their device's name. However, the name

How to Stop Sharing Your Location With a Friend Using Find My

In iOS 13 and iPadOS, the Find My app replaces the Find My Friends and the Find My iPhone apps of old, and brings their features together in a unified interface that allows you to find whatever you need. The Find My app works much like the two apps it replaces. For example, you can use it to share your location with friends, get notifications on friends' movements, stop sharing your location with particular friends, or turn off location sharing entirely. Click the links above to learn how to access the respective sharing options in Find My. To learn how to stop sharing your location with a particular friend, simply follow the steps below. Launch the Find My app on your iPhone or iPad. (The Find My app is available by default on all new iOS devices, but if you've deleted it, you need to download the free app from the App Store.) Tap the Me tab at the bottom of the screen. Make sure the toggle switch next to Share My Location is in the green ON position – simply tap the toggle to change its status if needed. Now, tap the People tab, and select the person you want to stop sharing your location with. Drag up the person's card onto the screen with a swipe of your finger to reveal all the sharing options. Tap Stop Sharing My Location.When you turn off location sharing with a friend, this status is reflected in your iCloud settings, where you can also control sharing options. Launch the Settings app on your device, tap your Apple ID banner at the top, then tap Find My, and you'll see your list of friends who share locations with you. You can also find the list

How to Share Your Location With a Friend Using Find My

In iOS 13 and iPadOS, Apple combined the earlier Find My Friends and Find My iPhone apps into a single app called "Find My," a sort of catch-all place on your iOS device that you can use for finding whatever you need to find. Find My works much like the apps it replaces. For example, the new app lets you share your location with friends and family members, and allows them to share their location in kind. The following steps show you how to share your location with friends using the Find My app. Launch the Find My app on your iPhone or iPad. (The Find My app is available by default on all new iOS devices, but if you've deleted it, you need to download the free app from the App Store.) Tap the Me tab at the bottom of the screen. Drag up the Me card onto the screen with a swipe of your finger to reveal all the sharing options. Make sure the toggle switch next to Share My Location is in the green ON position – simply tap the toggle to change its status if needed. Tap Name Current Location... to mark your whereabouts as Home, Work, School, Gym, or add your own custom label. Now, tap the People tab. Tap Share My Location to add a specific friend with whom you want to share your location, then type in their phone number/email address or pick a person from your contacts. Hit Send. Remember to toggle on the switch next to Allow Friend Requests in the Me tab if you want friends to be able to ask to see your location.

How to Turn Off Location Sharing Using Find My

In iOS 13 and iPadOS, Apple has combined its stock Find My Friends and Find My iPhone apps into a single, unified app called "Find My" – a sort of catch-all user interface for finding your friends and devices. Find My works similarly to the apps it replaces. For example, just like Find My Friends, it gives you access to your location sharing options – including the option to disable location sharing on your Apple device temporarily or indefinitely. The following steps show you how you can disable location sharing using the Find My app. Note that "Location Not Available" appears below your name in Find My on the devices of people following you, which makes it look as though your device is turned off, in airplane mode, or just offline. Launch the Find My app on your iPhone or iPad. (The Find My app is available by default on all new iOS devices, but if you've deleted it, you need to download the free app from the App Store.) Tap the Me tab if it's not already selected. Tap the toggle switch next to Share My Location to the white OFF position. When you turn off Share My Location in Find My, the status is reflected in your iCloud settings, where you can also turn location sharing on/off. Launch the Settings app on your device, tap your Apple ID banner at the top, then tap Find My, and you'll see the Share My Location toggle switch. You can also find the switch in Settings -> Privacy -> Location Services -> Share My Location

How to Locate Friends Using Find My

In iOS 13 and iPadOS, Apple combined the earlier Find My Friends and Find My iPhone apps into a single app called "Find My," a sort of catch-all place on your iOS device that you can use for finding whatever you need to find. Find My works much like the apps it replaces. For example, the new app features a section that allows you to locate friends and family members that have shared their location with you, and lets you share your location in kind. The following steps show you how you can locate your friends using the Find My app. Launch the Find My app on your iPhone or iPad. (The Find My app is available by default on all new iOS devices, but if you've deleted it, you need to download the free app from the App Store.) Tap the People tab at the bottom of the screen, if it's not already selected. Drag up the People card onto the screen with a swipe of your finger to see a list of people who are sharing their location with you, or who have shared their location with you in the past. Tap a person who has been located to see their whereabouts on the map. (If no location is found, it's possible that person's device is turned off or they have stopped sharing their location with you.) Note that the person's location card appears below the map showing their location, and provides some actions and links that can come in handy. From here, you can access their contact card, as well as directions for getting to their location. Drag up the person's location card over the map and you'll see additional actions including an option to add them to your favorites,

How to Mark an Apple Device as Lost in the Find My App

In iOS 13 and iPadOS, Apple has combined the Find My Friends and the Find My iPhone apps into a single app, simply called "Find My." Find My works similarly to the Find My iPhone and Find My Friends apps that it replaces, but it also allows you to locate lost devices that aren't connected to Wi-Fi or LTE by using the Bluetooth signal of other nearby Apple devices. When your lost device is offline but close to another device, it can connect to that device over Bluetooth and relay its location. The feature makes your devices are more trackable than ever, and gives you a better chance of finding a device that's been lost. Of course, if the device you're trying to find isn't in proximity to another device, then the feature won't work. In such cases, you can put the device into Lost Mode. This ensures your passcode is required on the device before anyone can turn off its Find My status or erase it. Lost Mode also lets you to include contact details on the lost device's screen, so that anyone who recovers it can make sure it finds its way back to you. Keep reading to learn how to enable Lost Mode on a device in Apple's new Find My app. How to Put a Device into Lost Mode Launch the Find My app on your iPhone or iPad. Swipe up with your finger to reveal the full list of devices. Tap the lost device in the devices list. If you can't see the Mark as Lost option for the selected device, swipe up with your finger to reveal the full menu. Under Mark As Lost, tap Activate. Tap Continue to confirm. Optionally, enter the phone number you'd like to appear on the

How to Remove a Lost Device From Your iCloud Account in Find My

In iOS 13 and iPadOS, Apple has combined the Find My Friends and the Find My iPhone apps into a single app called "Find My." Find My works similarly to the apps it replaces. For example, just like Find My iPhone, it allows you to put stolen, lost or misplaced Apple devices into Lost Mode. Remotely turning on Lost Mode ensures that your passcode is required on the device, meaning no one but you can change its Find My status, or erase it without connecting it to a computer. And even if your iPhone is fully erased, the person who has it can't use it. Activation Lock (activated when you turn on Find My on a device where your Apple ID is logged in) stays on and there is no way to bypass it. Of course, while the Lost Mode feature can increase your chances of retrieving your property, it can't guarantee that you'll ever see the lost device again. If the worst does happen and you lose all hope of finding your Apple device, you can remove it from your iCloud account by following the steps below. Launch the Find My app on your iPhone or iPad. Swipe up with your finger to reveal your list of devices. Tap the lost device in the list – indicated by a padlock within the device's icon. Swipe up to reveal the menu of device options. Tap Remove This Device. Tap Remove to confirm.Find My is the most important feature to have turned on in the event a device is lost, but there are other key security options you should use, including a passcode and two-factor authentication. With a passcode, no one can access personal data stored on your iPhone, and with two-factor

How to Create a Collection in Apple Maps

In iOS 13, Apple added a Collections feature to its Maps app on iPhone and iPad that lets you search for and aggregate lists of different locations, such as restaurants you're thinking of eating out at, sightseeing locations for when you're on vacation, or other places you want to visit. Collection lists can also be shared, so you can create lists of places for friends and family that will be visiting your local area, and then share the collection with them, for example. Keep reading to learn how to create your first Collection in Apple Maps. Launch the Apple Maps app on your iPhone or iPad. With a swipe of your finger, expand the panel at the bottom of the screen using the small drag handle above the search field. Under Collections, tap New Collection.... Give your new collection a name, then tap Create. Tap the Add a Place button in the panel, located below your new collection. Start typing the name of a place, landmark, or establishment that you might want to visit. Tap the plus icon next to the place you're looking for in the search results to add it to your collection. To search and add more locations in this screen, simply delete your search term and start typing the new place name. Tap Done if you're finished adding places for now. You should see the place or places listed in your new collection and their location on the map. To add more locations to a collection at any time, simply select your named list (found under the Collections section), drag the panel up over the map, and then tap the plus (+) button at the bottom-right corner of the

How to Send Feedback About Errors in Apple Maps

In iOS 13, Apple introduced a redesigned customer feedback process for its Apple Maps app which is designed to make it easier for users to submit corrections for things like incorrect addresses, business locations, or operating hours. If you find an error or something that needs updating in Apple's maps information, you can now send the correct details in just a few quick taps. The following steps guide you through the process using a fictional example of a café called Hannah's that shows up in Apple Maps but no longer exists. Launch the Apple Maps app on your iPhone or iPad. Navigate the map to the area where the label is that you want to submit for removal. Tap the Information icon (the circled 'i') in the button overlay menu at the top-right corner of the screen. Tap Report an Issue. Under Issue Type, tap Map Labels. Tap the map to select the problematic label. Tap Remove Label. Input any additional information below. In our example, "This café no longer exists." Tap Submit in the top-right corner of the screen.The information that you have to provide when submitting the issue depends on what you want to report. For instance, in the case of reporting a missing place (the option visible in the second screen in our example), you'll be prompted to clarify if it's a business, landmark, street, address, or other, and then be invited to add any additional relevant information, such as a business's opening hours, website, or phone number. As the third screen in our example suggests, you can report other issues like errors in navigational directions or in

How to Add Places to Your Favorites in Apple Maps

In the latest version of Apple Maps that comes with iOS 13, Apple has added a Favorites feature that lets you search for specific places and then add them to a list. Favorites are meant for places that you visit frequently, and Home and Work are already added by default. Any place you frequent can be added to the Favorites list, such as a favorite restaurant or coffee shop, or a friend or family member's house. Tapping on one of your Favorites brings up directions to that spot right away. Think of it as a speed dial option for Maps. You can add a location to your Favorites any time you drop a pin on the map. Simply tap the place on the map that you want to favorite, then bring the location details up on the screen by swiping up from the drag handle with your finger. You'll see an option further down to Add to Favorites. Tap the starred icon beside it, and the location will be added to your favorite places list. You can also add places to your Favorites by searching for them. The steps below show you how. Launch the Apple Maps app on your iPhone or iPad. Expand the search input field to encompass the screen by dragging the grab handle upwards with your finger. Tap the Add button under the Favorites section. Type a location into the search field. When the location appears below in the suggestions, tap the plus (+) button beside it. In the Details screen, you can tap the location label to edit it, and also select a Type (Address/Home/Work) to identify it. Tap Done in the top-right corner of the screen to finish.Now you can select the favorited location

How to Use Look Around in Apple Maps

With iOS 13, Apple introduced several additional features to its Maps app, one of which is called Look Around. This gives you a street-level view of what's around your current location or the location you search for on the map. If you've ever used Google Street View, you already have a good idea of how Look Around works, but Apple's equivalent feature includes a couple of functions that differentiate it from Google Maps. Launch the Apple Maps app on your iPhone or iPad, and then check to see if there's a binoculars icon on the map in your exact location. (Tap the location arrow in the floating menu of options if another area of the map is showing that's different to where you're at). If you see a pair of binoculars on the map, simply tap them to open a street-level view in a card overlay at the top of the screen. You can also tap the two arrows pointing away from each other in the top left corner of the card to take the street-level view fullscreen. Note that you should also see the binoculars icon available to tap in the floating menu when checking the standard overhead map in a supported location. If Look Around isn't yet supported in your current location, you can still search for specific locations supported by Look Around. For example, try searching for San Francisco and you'll see a Look Around icon in the results overlay. Once you're in Look Around mode, tap the view to move through the area. You can also tap a spot further in the distance and the view will smoothly zoom towards the location. To help orient you in Look Around mode, points

How to Use Lighting Mode Photo Effects in iOS 13, Including the New High-Key Mono

When you take a picture in Apple's Portrait mode, iOS uses the dual cameras of your iPhone to create a depth-of-field effect, allowing you to compose a photo that keeps your subject sharp with a blurred background. On iPhone X and later, and iPhone 8 Plus, Apple also includes a Portrait Lighting feature that you can use to apply studio-quality lighting effects to your Portrait mode images. The full set of Portrait Lighting effects in Apple's Photos and Camera apps include Studio Light to brighten facial features, Contour Light for more dramatic directional lighting, Stage Light to isolate your subject in the spotlight, and Stage Mono for stage light in a classic black and white. In iOS 13, Apple also added a new Portrait Lighting effect called High-Key Light Mono. High-Key Mono is a black and white effect that's similar to Stage Light Mono, but designed to add a white background rather than a black one. Keep reading to learn how to use Portrait Lighting effects on your iPhone photos, just bear in mind that the new High-Key Mono effect demoed in the steps below is limited to the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR. Launch the stock Photos app on your iPhone. Using the Photos tab, tap to select a Portrait photo in your Photo library. If it isn't a recent Portrait photo that you want to edit, you can use the Days, Months, and Years views to whittle down your collection. Alternatively, select a photo from one of your albums via the Albums tab. Check the image was captured in Portrait mode by looking for the Portrait label in the top-left corner of the screen, then

How to Use the Portrait Mode Lighting Adjustment Tools on Your iPhone

In iOS, the Portrait mode in Apple's Camera app uses the dual cameras of your iPhone to create a depth-of-field effect, allowing you to compose a photo that keeps your subject sharp with a blurred background. On iPhone X and later, and iPhone 8 Plus, Apple also includes a Portrait Lighting feature that you can use to apply studio-quality lighting effects to your Portrait mode images. And with iOS 13, Apple added a new adjustment tool to Portrait Lighting effects that allows you to further tweak the intensity of the lighting, which can drastically change the look of a Portrait image. This article shows you how to access the new tool. Before you follow the steps below, bear in mind that these Portrait Lighting adjustment tools are only available on iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR devices. Open the stock Camera app on your iPhone (tap the Camera icon on the Lock screen, open the app from the Home screen, or launch the Camera from Control Center.) Select Portrait mode and take a picture, then tap it in the preview box at the bottom-left corner of the screen. Tap Edit in the bottom-right corner of the screen. With the Portrait icon selected in the bottom row of tools, select a lighting mode by sliding your finger along the icons below the photo. Once a lighting mode is selected, you'll see a slider appear below it. Slide your finger along it to dial down or ratchet up the intensity of the selected lighting mode. Tap Done when you're happy with how the image looks.Remember, you can access the same lighting adjustment tool from the Photos app – simply select a

How to Adjust a Filter Applied to Your Images in Photos

The Photos app on the iPhone and the iPad has had pre-set filters for a number of years, but Apple previously provided no way to adjust the effect those filters had on your pictures. Happily, iOS 13 adds a simple way to change the intensity of pre-set filters, giving you a little more agency over your photo enhancements. Keep reading to learn how it works. Before you follow these steps, make sure you've updated your device to iOS 13 (or iPadOS 13). You can check that your software's up-to-date by launching the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad and tapping through to General -> Software Update. Launch the Photos app on your iOS device. Select a picture in the Photos tab by tapping it. Tap Edit in the top-right corner of the screen. In the black-bordered Edit interface, tap the Filter icon (it looks like a Venn diagram) at the bottom of the screen. Tap a filter to preview its effect on your photo. You can swipe along the strip of filters with your finger to reveal more effects. Notice the dial that appears below the selected filter – swipe left or right on it to adjust the intensity level of the filter. Tap Done when you're happy with the filter effect.Remember that you can gain access to the same filter adjustment tools whenever you take a picture using the stock Camera app - you don't even need to unlock your device to do so.

How to Edit a Video on iPhone and iPad

In iOS 13, Apple has enhanced the built-in photo and video editing capabilities available to iPhone and iPad users, and for the first time it has made many of its stock photo adjustment tools available for editing videos. In addition to the new video editing options, Apple has introduced a new tool selection interface that makes the whole process quicker and easier than ever before. Let's take a look at how it works. Launch the stock Photos app on your iPhone or iPad and select a video clip from your Photo library using the Photos tab. If it isn't a recent video that you want to edit, use the Days, Months, and Years views to whittle down your collection, or select a clip from one of your albums via the Albums tab. Once you've selected a video, tap Edit in the top-right corner of the screen. When the black-bordered editing interface appears, you'll notice four icons between the Cancel and Done options at the bottom of the screen. Trimming a Video The first film camera-shaped icon is the default selection, and gives you quick access to the timeline. The timeline appears below the video, and you can use it to scrub through a clip or trim it. To trim the clip, drag the yellow chevrons to include the portion you wish to keep – anything outside the yellow frame will be discarded when you tap Done. Adjustment Tools The next option in the row of icons at the bottom of the editing interface looks like a control knob. Tapping this opens the Adjust tools in a horizontal strip below your video. Tap Auto – the first tool in the strip – and you'll notice

How to Crop, Rotate, and Straighten Your Photos in iOS 13

In iOS 13, Apple enhanced the built-in photo editing capabilities available on iPhones and iPads, and redesigned the photo editing interface to make it easier to manipulate your pictures. This article offers a brief introduction to the new photo editing interface in the stock Photos app by looking at how you can crop, rotate, and straighten your shots in next to no time. The first thing to do is launch the stock Photos app on your iPhone or iPad, and then using the Photos tab (shown in the first screen below) tap to select a picture from your Photo library. If it isn't a recent photo that you want to edit, you can use the Days, Months, and Years views to whittle down your collection. Alternatively, select a photo from one of your albums via the Albums tab. Once you've selected a picture, tap Edit in the top-right corner of the screen to enter the black editing interface. Next, tap the Crop tool (the rightmost tool icon at the bottom of the screen). Notice that a grid now overlays your picture. Drag any corner of this frame to custom crop the image. You can also choose from a set of pre-defined cropping ratios by tapping the first of the two icons in the top-right corner of the screen. Notice that the horizontal strip of adjustment tools below the photo also changed when you selected the Crop icon. From left to right, these allow you to straighten the image, adjust vertical alignment, and adjust horizontal alignment. Tap one of the tools and slide the horizontal dial left or right with your finger to adjust to the desired level, indicated

How to Use the Editing Tools in Photos

In iOS 13, Apple has introduced a redesigned photo editing interface that improves upon earlier versions by making it easier to select tools and apply adjustments in the stock Photos app. Previously, the photo editing tools in iOS where hidden away in expandable subsections of a vertical menu, which meant finding the one you wanted was sometimes a chore. Apple has replaced this menu with a horizontal strip of icons that means you can simply swipe to the tool you want and quickly make the desired adjustment. Let's take a look at how it works. Launch the stock Photos app on your iPhone or iPad and select a picture from your Photo library using the Photos tab. If it isn't a recent photo that you want to edit, use the Days, Months, and Years views to whittle down your collection, or select a photo from one of your albums via the Albums tab. Once you've selected a picture, tap Edit in the top-right corner of the screen to enter the black editing interface, and then tap the Adjust icon (it looks like a control knob) at the bottom of the screen. A horizontal strip of adjustment tools will appear below the photo. Tap Auto – the first tool in the strip – to select it, and you'll notice the horizontal dial light up below the toolset. Auto uses intelligent algorithms to optimally tune the other tools and enhance your photo, but you can manually adjust its intensity level by moving the dial with a swipe of your finger. You can easily return to the auto-tuned level by returning the dial back to the white dot. Swipe along the strip of other tools and

How to Apply a Filter to a Video in iOS 13

In iOS 13, Apple has enhanced the built-in photo and video editing capabilities available to iPhone and iPad users, and for the first time it has made many of its stock photo adjustment tools available for editing video. One of those is the filter tool, so now you can easily apply an Instagram-style filter to one of your captured videos in just a few quick taps. The following steps show you how it's done. Launch the stock Photos app on your iPhone or iPad. Select a video from your Photo library using the Photos tab. If the video you want to edit wasn't taken recently, you'll probably find it quicker by tapping the Albums tab, scrolling down and then selecting Videos under Media Types. Once you've selected a video, tap Edit in the top-right corner of the screen. Tap the Filters icon (it looks like a Venn diagram) at the bottom of the screen. Swipe through the nine available filters to get a preview of each one applied to your video. Let your finger come to a rest, and a horizontal dial will appear below the selected filter. Use you finger to move the dial and adjust the intensity level of the filter. Tap Done in the bottom right of the screen to apply the filter effect to your video. Note that you can apply these filters whenever you capture video using the built-in Camera app – you don't even have to unlock your device to use them on the video you just

How to Crop, Rotate, and Straighten Videos in iOS 13

In iOS 13, Apple has enhanced the built-in photo and video capture capabilities available to iPhone and iPad users, and for the first time it has made many of its stock photo editing tools available for editing video. This article introduces you to the new video editing interface in Photos, and in particular the crop, rotate, and straighten tools, which you can get to whenever you tap the Edit button on one of your videos. The screenshot above shows you the editing tools that appear in both portrait and landscape orientations. Note that the timeline tool – used for trimming or scrubbing through the clip – is currently selected, indicated by the dot below the film camera icon at the top of the vertical row of tools. Below it you also have color, filter, and crop tools available to use on your videos. Tap the crop icon and you'll reveal the tool subset we're interested in here. First up, you can easily crop the video using the grid overlay that appears by dragging at its corners, just like you would for photos. Notice that you also now have a row of three additional adjustment tools associated with the rotary dial on the right. From top to bottom, these allow you to straighten the video, adjust its vertical alignment, and adjust its horizontal alignment. Tap one of the tools and slide the dial up or down with your finger to adjust to the desired level, indicated by the number in the selected icon. Running along the top of the video editing interface you'll notice more tools to flip and rotate the video on the left, and apply preset crop ratios