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How To Locate Your iPhone In Case It Goes Missing

Find My iPhone - feature can help you to track and locate your missing device

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August 14, 2018 04:19 PM
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In this era of chaos and mess, losing your device is not a big deal. You can miss it while reading the newspaper on the public transport or after a few drinks at the party can also do the trick. Whatever it may be, in the end, you will be at loss. And if you own an iPhone, I can feel you completely.

But not every phone lost can’t be located. Thanks to the technology. Coming to your rescue, the California-based company offers a feature named “Find My iPhone,” which comes preinstalled in all the iPhones. Find My iPhone let the user locate the iPhone, in case it goes missing. Moreover, you can directly lock and wipe your data using iCloud or another iOS device. The requisite feature is accompanying the iOS devices since 2010.

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The initial set-up of the Find My iPhone is quite simple, and it’s always better if you can turn it on as early as possible. The feature works finely on other iOS devices like iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and even on the Mac. It’s not always like you lose your phone; sometimes you can forget the place where you might have kept it. So, the “Find My iPhone” feature can come in handy in such a scenario also.

Before going forward, let me tell you that the Find My iPhone feature is available for devices equipped with iOS 5 or later. Devices ranging from 3GS and third-generation iPod Touch to the latest iPhone X are compatible to run this feature.

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Today, I will be talking about how to track and locate your iPhone.

Find My iPhone requires an iCloud account on the iPhone and there should be a cellular data connection or Wi-Fi network to locate it. In case the feature is not enabled on the iPhone, you can prevent the other person from getting access to your data, but you won’t be able to locate it. Now, I will explain you to step-by-step how to locate your iOS device with “Find My iPhone” feature enabled and disabled.

If ‘Find My iPhone’ is enabled on the device

If the feature is enabled on your iPhone, at least you can get your data back and can even erase it from there.

  • Sign in to icloud.com/find from a Mac or PC. You can even use the “Find My iPhone” app on another iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
  • Go to Find your device.
  • Open “Find My iPhone,” and select a device to view its location on a map. If the iPhone is somewhere near to you, you can alarm a sound to help you or someone nearby it to locate.
  • Then “Turn on Lost Mode.” It will remotely lock your iPhone with a passcode and display a custom message with your phone number on your missing iPhone's Lock screen, and keep track of your device's location. (After putting the iPhone on Lost Mode, the ability of the device to make payments using Apple Pay gets suspended).

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  • Go to “Erase your device.” It will help you to prevent anyone from accessing the data of your iPhone. When you will erase your device, all of your information like payment cards for Apple Pay will get deleted from the iPhone, and you won't be able to find it using Find My iPhone. (After enabling this feature, you can't track your device).
  • Report about your lost iPhone to your wireless carrier. They can further disable your account to prevent calls, texts, and data use.
  • Report your lost iPhone to the police or any other law enforcement agency. (You will be required to furnish the serial number of your device).

There is a possibility of help coming from any of your family members. If you use the Family Sharing option, any family member can help locate another member’s missing device. The family member needs to sign in to iCloud with their Apple ID, and you will be able to locate your iPhone associated with that Family Sharing account.

Note: If you remove the device from your account after you enable “Erase your device” feature, Activation Lock of your device will be turned off. It will further allow the other person to turn on and use your device.

If the device is off or offline?

The chance of the device running out of the battery is always high, as it may take time to locate the device and in case, the device is stolen by someone, the probability is high that the person will switch off the device. In that case, you can still put it in Lost Mode, lock it, or remotely erase it. But for that, your device needs to be online once.

After it gets into the network, the actions mentioned above will take effect. But do remember, if you remove the device from your account while it's offline, any pending actions for the device will get canceled.

How to turn off or cancel Lost Mode?

Thankfully, Apple let the user turn off Lost Mode. It can be done by entering the passcode on the device. You can also turn off Lost Mode on iCloud.com or from the Find My iPhone app.

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If ‘Find My iPhone’ isn’t enabled on the device

If you were not lucky enough to turn on Find My iPhone before your device was lost or stolen, you wouldn't be able to locate your iPhone. Though you can still protect your data from getting into any wrong hands. Follow these steps to know more:

  • At first, you are required to change your Apple ID password, so that no one else can access your iCloud data or using other services like iMessage or iTunes from your missing iPhone.
  • The next step is to change the passwords for other internet accounts. It may include Facebook, email accounts, Instagram or Twitter.
  • Report your lost iPhone to the police or any other law enforcement agency. (You will be required to furnish the serial number of your device).
  • You also need to report on the lost iPhone to your wireless carrier. Your carrier will further disable the account, preventing phone calls, texts, and data use.

So, next time if you are not able to locate your iPhone, follow these steps to locate it easily and before that, make sure you have enabled the “Find My iPhone” feature, as it is the only way to track or locate a lost or missing device. Apple doesn’t allow any other app to find or track the iOS devices.

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