Apple introduced its Find My Friends application alongside iOS 5 late last year. The program is somewhat of a social network, allowing users to share their current locations with friends and family.

As most of you know, the Find My Friends software enables you to literally locate your friends on a digital map. But what some of you may not have known, is that iPhone 4S owners can get a little help from Siri

If you already have the Find My Friends app, load it up and make sure that you are logged in. If you don’t already have it, you can download it from the App Store for free, and do the same.

Once you’re logged in, you can exit the application and call up Siri. The command for locating a person is “Find Patty Mayonnaise.” Obviously you would substitute the name of the person you are looking for. “Where is Patty Mayonnaise?” is also an acceptable command. If Siri can’t locate the person, it’s because you either haven’t added them to your Find My Friends account or they’re not currently sharing their location.

While this tip may not be for everyone, those who use the Find My Friends service frequently will find this to be much more efficient than tapping through the application.

Do you use the Find My Friends app?

[Hat tip @hrbrt]

  • Kok Hean

    I found this out after playing with Siri on my iPhone 3GS. I finally got the Siri proxy to work so I asked some dumb questions. After a while, I asked Siri where my mother was and to my surprise, it told me that my mother was nearby (she was in her room). And that is the story of how I found this out.

  • Anonymous

    Or, “Siri, track Jake Larsen down, and don’t let him get out of your sight”.

  • Find my Friends app logs the user out very quickly after closing the app, so using Siri for this is practically pointless because it won’t work if you’re logged out.

    • Kok Hean

      Use a passcode.

      • Anonymous

        i unlock my phone 10’s of times a day…using a passcode is just a waste of time.

      • Kok Hean


  • Siri, text my lover when the wife is 5 miles away and alert me when she is on the way home.

    • Jon Garrett

      she’ll text you…..but only after she already called your wife 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Integrate find my friends with Facebook check-in.

  • Simon Reidy

    I don’t know anyone that uses this app, let alone combines Siri with it. I’ve got a ton of iPhone owning friends and we all agree that a stitched leather “foursquare wannabe” app just doesn’t do it for us. I’ve hidden the app away in a folder, as even it’s icon makes me want to puke. I wish Apple would get over their obsession with fabrics, leather and skeuomorphism! Theming away the ugliness of default iOS is one of the biggest joys of jaibreaking IMHO! 🙂

  • FIND MY FRIENDS works easily if you enable a passcode lock at the lock screen (means you enter a pass code every time to load the springboard). Use SIRI to find your friends/family that has the app loaded by saying “Where is Jessica (Name of person your looking for in your case) and the app will open searching that persons location! I use it to track my family and friends all the time!
    Works GREAT!

  • I used find my friend all the time. My dad finds this ESPECIALLY useful.