The "Find My Friends" app is one of the most useful apps Apple has ever developed. It utilizes GPS to help you locate your friends or family members and can be useful in a number of situations. You can use Find My Friends to locate your friends when you are unable to reach them. And parents can use the app to find their children's exact location and keep track of what they are up to which may be instrumental to their safety.
But like every other app on your iOS device, the Find My Friends app can be subject to a number of issues that may prevent it from operating correctly. One of the most popular is the Find My Friends location not available issue. In this article, we are going to address this issue and provide you with solutions that can help you fix this problem.
It is important that we address the main causes of this issue in order to prevent it from happening again. So, before we get to the various solutions to this problem, the following are just some of the reasons why it can happen:
If your friend turns on Location Services, connects to the internet or corrects the date on the device, the Find My Friends app should begin working normally. But if you continue to get this same error over and over again, you may need a more permanent solution. One of the best solutions for this and all other highly problematic iOS related issues is to use FoneGeek iOS System Recovery (iOS 14 supported). This third-party tool can easily eliminate any software bugs that may be causing this error without data loss.
The following is a simple guide to use FoneGeek iOS System Recovery to fix this issue:
Step 1: Open this software after installing it on your computer and then connect your iPhone to the computer, then choose "Repair Operating System" to continue.
Step 2: FoneGeek iOS System Recovery will detect the latest firmware for the device. Simply click "Download".
Step 3: As soon as the firmware download is complete and the program will begin fixing the device automatically. The device should restart when the process is complete.
Try using Find My Friends as soon as the device restarts. Now this feature shall work normally as usual.
The following are just some of the other solutions you can try to address this problem. They range from the easiest to the most complex.
The first thing you should check is whether you have turned off Location Services. It is possible that you may have turned off this crucial feature to save battery and forgotten to turn it back on. Find My Friends will not work without Location services since it utilizes GPS. Therefore, you may be able to fix this issue by simply turning on GPS or Location Services on your device.
Like we mentioned before, Find My Friends will be not Available if the Date and Time are incorrect on your friend's device. To fix this problem therefore, you just need to set the automatic time on your device. This way, when you connect a Wi-Fi network, the iPhone will automatically update the date and time and Find My Friends will begin working normally again.
To be able to adequately use Find My Friends, you must have enabled location sharing in iCloud. Here's how to check and enable share my location if you haven't already：
On your iPhone, tap on Settings.
Select iCloud and then click on Share My Location.
Make sure that This Device is set underneath and then toggle it ON to enable Share my Location.
Now your device should be able to share your location with your friends, allowing you to use the Find My Friends app to find them.
Restarting your iPhone is a great way to refresh the device and make Find My Friends location become available normally again. Here's how to do it:
For the iPhone X, press and hold the power button and any of the volume buttons until the slider appears on the screen. For older iPhone models, press and hold the power button until the slider appears.
Swipe on the Slider to turn off the device.
Now turn on the iPhone to see if the problem has been fixed.
To do that, follow these simple steps:
Step 1: Open the Find My Friends app and then tap on your photo at the bottom of the screen.
Step 2: Enable "Share My Location" to have the problem fixed.
You should also check if your friend has turned off location services which may prevent you from finding them. To do that, open Settings > Privacy > Location Services > Find Friends.
For the process to work, your friend needs to sign into the app to share the location with you. You can check if they are signed in from within the Find My Friends App.
The Find my Friends app is not available in all countries due to local laws and technical problems. It is therefore possible that the app is not working because the device may be in a region where the feature is unavailable.
The solutions above will come in handy when you're faced with the problem of "Find My Friends location not available". Most of the time, it is a simple issue that can easily be fixed with one of the solutions above. If the problem persists however, we recommend that you use FoneGeek iOS System Recovery that can easily eliminate any software bugs that may be causing the issue.
By Joan J. Mims
Posted on Aug 08, 2019, 15:10:52
Joan J. Mims is interested in researching all tips about iPhone, iPad and Android. He loves to share useful ideas with all users.