iPhone MISSING: Find My widget

jayhawk1941

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Does anyone have the Find My widget in Notification Center on iOS 13? I used the Find My Friends widget on a daily basis in iOS 12!
 
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oldmacs

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I’m going to report a missing feature to Apple. Why they would pull this is beyond me.
Its ridiculous. I've downgraded and am staying on iOS 12 because of this. They deleted it from iOS 13, iPad OS 13 and Catalina.

I reported it multiple times through the feedback app as missing and sent an email to Tim Cook.
 
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purdnost

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While looking for the "missing" export to PDF functionality (which is now in Shortcuts), I stumbled across the shortcut for finding friends. In the Shortcuts app, on the Gallery page, near the top should be a "Shortcuts from Your Apps" section with recommendations including "Find (person)". This seems to be a worthy replacement for the Find My Friends widget.
 

purdnost

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Yeah it seems pretty silly to not have a widget for it, but I just made Siri shortcuts like @purdnost did and for my purposes, it functions the same.
I suppose this could be Apple's attempt to move a lot of common functions over to their Shortcuts app, but I agree that the Find My app warrants its own Widget. Maybe Apple will re-introduce it with the rumored location tracking tags.
 
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adampk17

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Yeah it seems pretty silly to not have a widget for it, but I just made Siri shortcuts like @purdnost did and for my purposes, it functions the same.
How does it function the same? Unless I’m missing something. You can’t view people’s location on the widget screen with a shortcut, can you?
 

purdnost

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How does it function the same? Unless I’m missing something. You can’t view people’s location on the widget screen with a shortcut, can you?
You're correct, you cannot see the person's location, or distance from you in the widget, which is why Apple should bring back a dedicated widget. For my purposes, I like to see an exact location on the map, so the Shortcuts workaround works.
 

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How does it function the same? Unless I’m missing something. You can’t view people’s location on the widget screen with a shortcut, can you?
No you’re right. That’s why I was careful to say “for my purposes”. You definitely can’t see people’s location at a glance without a dedicated widget, but I mainly use Find My to get an ETA for someone or to turn a leave/arrival notification on, and those things require going into the app anyway.
 

eattherich

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I'm wondering if it's only temporarily removed. The rumours of Apple releasing the tags that you can attach to devices and track are pretty strong. Maybe they're refactoring the widget to accommodate these new devices as well and we'll see the widget return after the rumoured October event. It's a shot in the dark, I know, but I can't really think of a good reason why they'd remove it.
 
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I'm wondering if it's only temporarily removed. The rumours of Apple releasing the tags that you can attach to devices and track are pretty strong. Maybe they're refactoring the widget to accommodate these new devices as well and we'll see the widget return after the rumoured October event. It's a shot in the dark, I know, but I can't really think of a good reason why they'd remove it.
That actually does make sense - perhaps the widget needs to be reconfigured so much to accommodate the tags, and keeping it in iOS 13 would have given too much away?
 
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Corsig

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Thought it was just me. I used that widget probably more than any other. Hoping your right that it comes back with the tag device release (if it happens)
 
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