Send Location-Based Emails Using Find My Friends App [iOS Tips]

Send Location-Based Emails Using Find My Friends App [iOS Tips]

Find My Friends is an interesting app, allowing family and friends to keep track of each other in real time. When you use your iTunes account with the Find My Friends app, you can let those important to you know where you are using the location services on your iOS device, like your iPhone.

But what if you have friends or family that don’t have iCloud, or even iOS (perish the thought!)? It turns out that the latest Find My Friends app that comes with iOS 6 allows for email notifications, so you can have your iPhone send out an automated, location-based email whenever you arrive or leave a specific location. Here’s how.

Launch Find My Friends on your iPhone, and then tap on the Me button second from the right on the bottom. Note “My Location, and if you have any Followers. Tap on the Notify button, about halfway from the top, next to the Choose Label button.

The Notify screen will come up, and you can fill in an email address at the top, and then whether to send your location right away (Immediately) or At a Location. Tap the latter, and you’ll get options. Tap the When I Leave button to send the email when you leave your current location, or the When I Arrive button for when you get to the specified location. To set a different location than your current one, tap on the My Current Location button at the bottom. You’ll then be able to choose from addresses you’ve defined for yourself in the Contacts app, the Current Location, or you can add an address at the bottom by tapping into the Enter an Address… button. If you do this last step, you’ll get to type an address in manually, or tap the blue plus sign to enter an address from your Contacts list.

Once you’ve done all of the above, tap on the Done button to either send your email right away, or when you arrive at or leave your destination address.

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