Locate My iPhone: How to Use Find My iPhone To Locate Your Lost iPhone?
It’s a commonplace situation, unfortunately. On a Saturday night, you and your pals decide to hit the town for some libations. One drink leads to two, which leads to three, which leads to four, and somewhere between those four shots of awful good whiskey and your excellent karaoke performance of “Don’t Stop Believin'” by Escape, you’ve gone from a casual night out to paint the town red. Your iPhone, a device that has become as much a part of you as your own body, mysteriously vanishes along the way.
In a fortunate turn of events, Apple is aware of these concerns. Since 2010, Apple has made available via iCloud or another iOS device the Find My iPhone function and companion mobile app, which allow you to remotely locate, lock, or wipe your iPhone. Find My iPhone is a lifesaver in the event that you lose your iPhone, and it only takes a few minutes to set up and activate. The program is compatible with the Mac as well as the iPad and the iPod touch. Unfortunately, it won’t stop you from losing your phone, but if you turn on the feature before you misplace it, it might help you track it down.
Step 1: Check the Requirements
All iOS 5 and later devices support Find My iPhone. It’s gratis, and it works with the iPhone 3GS, iPod Touch 3G, iPad, iPad Mini, and all subsequent models of those devices. Devices without cellular data must be connected to a registered Wi-Fi network and you’ll need an iCloud account to find them.
Step 2: Find the app
Since the beginning of iOS, there has been built-in software that allows users to track down their misplaced iPhones. You can skip installing the program and uninstalling it altogether. Sliding your finger down from the screen’s center will open spotlight search, where you can then type “Find My iPhone” to access it. Once you’ve done so, launch the app and sign in using your Apple ID.
Step 3: Activate Find My iPhone
Select the main Settings icon, and then select the Apple ID banner located at the screen’s top. To use Find my iPhone, launch iCloud and look for it there. Make sure it’s activated by selecting it.
You can use Find My iPhone for more than simply emergency location tracking. Activation Lock, which safely keeps your Apple ID on Apple’s activation servers and immediately attaches your device to your account, is also enabled. No one else can disable Find My iPhone, delete any data from your smartphone, or reactivate it without entering your password. This additional layer of protection against theft and misuse of your phone is completely passive and takes no effort on your side.
Step 4: Lose your iOS Device
Although we don’t advise it, the chances are good that you downloaded this software in the first place so you could track down a misplaced iOS device.
Step 5: Locate your iOS Device
To track down a misplaced iPhone, you can utilize another iOS device or your web-based iCloud account. If you didn’t turn on Find my iPhone before losing your phone, there’s no way to track it down.
Using Another iOS Device
Open Follow the instructions in Step 2 to activate Find my iPhone (the symbol looks like a vintage radar display), and then proceed to Step 3 to enter your iCloud credentials. Find the missing iPhone by selecting it from your list of registered devices in Find my iPhone and then logging in.
Intuitive Lost Mode features include locking the device with a four-digit passcode and displaying a contact phone number of your choosing directly on the lock screen. Additional options for remote wiping the phone and forcing it to play a sound are accessible via the Actions option located at the bottom of the display.
Using your iCloud Account on The Web
To access iCloud, launch your preferred browser, go to the iCloud homepage, and then log in using your Apple ID and password. Then, enable Find My iPhone by clicking its sizable symbol, choosing All Devices at the top of the window, and finally choosing the misplaced or stolen iPhone from the list that appears.
Intuitive Lost Mode features include locking the device with a four-digit passcode and displaying a contact phone number of your choosing directly on the lock screen. Additional options, such as remotely wiping the phone and forcing it to play a sound, are accessible via the Actions option located at the bottom of the display.
Accessing your iCloud data from any web browser
To access iCloud, launch your preferred browser, go to the iCloud homepage, and then log in using your Apple ID and password. Then, pick the missing or stolen iPhone from the list of active devices that appears after clicking the huge Find My iPhone button, then selecting All Devices at the top of the window.
- Step 6: Take action
When you’ve tracked down your misplaced iPhone or iPad, utilize the app’s built-in features to get it back in your hands. To have your phone make a high-pitched pinging sound for two minutes straight, hit the grey Play Sound button with the speaker, and then tap the grey Erase iPhone button and the Erase iPhone confirmation.
If you’re using iOS 6 or later, press the Lost Mode button in the center, confirm by tapping Turn On Lost Mode, and then enter your contact information. Then, input the appropriate message in the resultant text field and activate the message by tapping the green Done button in the upper right corner.
Even if you know exactly where your smartphone is, there is no assurance that ringing, wiping, or messaging it would help you recover it. The best course of action if your equipment has been stolen is to report it to your service provider and the police rather than directly confront the perpetrator. It’s impossible to predict when tensions may rise again, as they did in San Francisco in 2012.