The \u201cNearby Friends\u201d feature on Facebook mobile allows friends to know your location. It shows them that you\u2019re nearby. If you have the Facebook app on your phone (iPhone or Android) you have this feature readily available.\u00a0 Nearby Friends is an opt-in\u00a0feature; meaning, it is OFF unless you turn the feature ON. So in this guide, we will tell you how you can enable this feature so that friends near you can contact you and who knows, a great friendship can start from there. Now, let us take a closer look at the real meaning of nearby friends and talk about how you can enjoy this feature. HOW NEARBY FRIENDS WORKS ON THE FACEBOOK MOBILE APP Nearby friends is found within the FB app on the \u201cMore\u201d tab at the bottom.\u00a0 Click the \u201cmore\u201d tab and then you\u2019ll see Nearby Friends.\u00a0 If turned off, you\u2019ll be prompted to turn it on. \u00a0 Once on, you\u2019ll see a list of Nearby Friends \u2013 those on your Facebook friends list who have ALSO decided to turn on this feature.\u00a0 (This means you\u00a0won\u2019t see all\u00a0your friends listed here). (Faces blurred because they don\u2019t want to admit they know me ;-)) Click the settings icon in the upper right (as in the screenshot above).\u00a0 This is where you can choose who can see your location.\u00a0 For example, if you have set up lists on Facebook, you can choose to share your location with just that particular list, such as Close Friends.\u00a0 The default is \u201cFriends\u201d as shown on the left; just select and then choose from your available lists. \u00a0\u00a0 You can also\u00a0share your precise location with a friend if you wish. For example, you might see that a friend is nearby and you want to meet up with them.\u00a0 Click the arrow icon next to their name and then choose how long they can see your every move. This\u00a0video from Tech Crunch\u00a0shows exactly how this works. HOW TO TURN OFF NEARBY FRIENDS IN\u00a0FACEBOOK If you\u2019ve used Nearby Friends and decided it\u2019s not for you, just turn the feature off. Follow the same steps (More\u00a0tab >\u00a0Nearby Friends\u00a0>\u00a0Settings) and then slide the slider to the left until the slider is no longer green. The tiny text on the screen lets you know that even though you have turned off Nearby Friends, the app is still building a \u201chistory of your precise location even when you\u2019re not using the app\u201d.\u00a0 If you feel this is a bit intrusive, take a look at the\u00a0Location Settings. On the\u00a0Location Settings\u00a0screen, slide the slider to the left to\u00a0turn off Location History.\u00a0 This doesn\u2019t delete your\u00a0previously saved\u00a0history; that is still lurking around on your Activity Log.\u00a0 While you are the only who can see this log (it is not shared with friends) you can remove your history if you prefer. To get to the history log, click the \u201cMore\u201d tab again, scroll all the way down and find\u00a0Activity Log. Choose the Filter at the top, and select\u00a0Location History\u00a0(It\u2019s near the bottom of the list). \u00a0Once selected, you\u2019ll have a filtered view of your activity that only shows location history. Select \u201cClear Location History\u201d (shown here). Learn more about Facebook Nearby friends on the\u00a0Facebook help page. TEENS AND NEARBY FRIENDS For those with teens who are active on Facebook, this would be a great time to review their Friends lists. \u00a0Teens are more likely to have a large number of Facebook friends. Their friends' list is probably more of a \u201crandom acquaintance\u201d list. \u00a0They could be sharing their whereabouts with hundreds of people. \u00a0Unless they are selective when adding friends they might be making their general location known to more people than you\u2019d like (or they even realize). Again, this is an opt-in feature, so talk with your teen about whether they should use this feature if they have Facebook on their phone. \u00a0If they do, perhaps limiting the sharing to \u201cClose Friends\u201d would be a wise approach. So what do you think? Does this feature sound like a good idea? If you think you might find this useful, you may want to turn this feature on.\u00a0\u00a0 I only see value if most of your friends use Facebook on the go and also turn this feature on.\u00a0 If you are concerned about privacy and sharing your location data with others \u2013 even if they are your friends \u2013 or you don\u2019t think you\u2019ll ever use it, then leave it off.