How The Apple ‘Find My Friends’ App Helped Save This Teenager’s Life

By Amit Chowdhry ● June 23, 2019
  • This is the story of how Apple’s “Find My Friends” app helped save the life of 17-year-old Macy Smith.

Earlier this month, 17-year-old Macy Smith did not come home after her curfew and went missing. Her mother Catrina Alexander knew something was wrong since Macy generally followed her curfew rule.

Greensboro, North Carolina based WFMY reported that Macy was not responding to phone calls and texts. And Alexander said that this lack of response was “out of character for her.”

Fortunately, Macy and Catrina share their Apple ID locations with each other so that they can see each other through the “Find My Friends” app and through the “Information” setting in the Messages app.


The “Find My Friends” feature showed that Macy was at the same location the whole evening so Alexander took her phone and quickly headed over to her missing daughter.

“I can’t explain watching the GPS on my phone with my dot for my phone getting close to hers and then suddenly seeing the tire tracks,” said Alexander via WMFY.

Alexander found that her daughter was pinned underneath the car for 7 hours after falling 25 feet. As Macy was driving the car had hydroplaned, went between a couple of trees, and flipped and rolled several times.

“She won’t have any feeling on her left arm for a while, but she knows it could’ve been much worse. It’s just truly a miracle and I give it all to God,” added Alexander.

Macy gave credit to the “Find My Friends” feature and recommended that parents and teenagers encourage their families to use this feature. Here is ABC’s coverage of the incident: