Welcome to lesson 4 of our getting started series. In this article we’re going to be talking about how you can keep your entire family in the loop to track things like: a communal car, a TV remote, or each other.
It’s very important to note that each XY finder can currently only be attached to one account at a time. Now you may be wondering how, knowing that, I can say you can share with your family. Well like any good rule in this life, that one has some workarounds and a loophole.
The workaround is pretty straightforward. Give everyone the same account. Each account can have as many finders and devices on it as your heart desires. Under this model, everyone shares all the finders all the time and when one phone updates the location of a finder it will show up on all connected devices.
For example: Philip, John, and Josh all want to see where the TV remote is. They tape a finder to it and John creates an account under firstname.lastname@example.org. Philip and Josh then log into that account. Now all 3 of them can ring the TV remote and they can see when Philip accidentally takes it to school with him!
Now the loophole we’re working on has to do with something we have not discussed yet. Namely my.xyfindit.com, our website based app. It has much the same functionality as the app with a few key differences. The one we’re concerned with right now is the “share” function in a finder’s settings. If you click a finder’s picture it will take you to the setting page and will give you a number of options of which “share” will be one.
Simply enter the email address of the user account you wish to share your finder with and it will send them an email.
When they open the email there will be a green box that says “accept”, once they click that they’ll be asked to log in to their account. This will complete the sharing and they will be able to see that finder!
But. They will only be able to see it on the Website (for now). Thus you will be able to see where a finder was last seen, but you will not be able to ring it or use it to ring your phone..
This concludes our discussion of sharing your finders with your family.
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