Catalina Find My App

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I have begun to explore the next macOS, Catalina. It is really cool, I think you all will like it. One of the new features is the Find My App. This is kind of a combination of the Find My Phone and Find My Friends Apps. It is really nicely done. I have been playing around with it, this is what I discovered.

Find My

Basically, the Find My App is a new interface for people and devices that is integrated with the Maps App. It is works quite well, very easy to use. Here is how Apple describes it:

The new Find My app combines Find My iPhone and Find My Friends into a single, easy-to-use app on Mac, iPadOS, and iOS devices. Find My can help you locate a missing Mac — even if it’s offline and sleeping — by sending out Bluetooth signals that can be detected by Apple devices in use nearby. These devices then relay the detected location of your Mac to iCloud so you can locate it in the Find My app.

It opens up to the people tab:

People Tab
People Tab

Your Friends and Family are listed in the left column, just click on them to see a map of where they are located. If you look at the name “Carol” on the map you will see an information symbol. If you click on that you get options to Contact the person, Directions to where they are located and Notifications:

Information
Information

If you wish, you can go into the Hybrid and Satellite views in this window, just like in the Maps App:

Hybrid Satellite Views
Hybrid Satellite Views

The Devices Tab pretty much works the same way. You click on a Device and check its location on the adjacent Map:

Device Locations
Device Locations

And of course, you have the other Map configurations if you wish to use them. I have never lost my iPhone at a location other than my house. However, I have used the Find feature to locate it in my house, just could not remember where I put it! If you click on the “Information” icon in Devices you get these choices:

Devices Choices
Devices Choices

I like the Play Sound one, helps me find my iPhone on occasion.

Conclusion

There are a couple of other features in the Find My App, but this covers the basics. I really like have people and devices all in one place integrated with the Maps App. It works very nicely.

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