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Find My iPhone (Now, Find My): Locate Your Lost Or Stolen iPhone

iPhone is one of the most widely used smartphones in the world, as it has been successfully credited with one of the world’s most valuable traded companies, and a revolutionary for all the mobile phone industry. After designing iPhone, in all generations’ iPhone use apple’s iOS mobile operating system software.

Locate Your Lost Or Stolen iPhone using Find My iPhone

In IOS 13 iPhone, Find My app is very useful and has brought with its several new features. Find My iPhone previously known as Find My Mac in MacOS, which was replaced by app “Find My” in IOS 13 “Find My” is a versatile Apple app in IOS 13. This app combines both the functions of Find My Friends and Find My iPhone too.

Locate Your Lost Or Stolen iPhone using Find My iPhone
Locate Your Lost Or Stolen iPhone using Find My iPhone

A variety of features to make use of

Now, there are new ways of doing something innovative through this app. With this tool, you can locate a stolen or lost iPhone, protect important data and also delete the data from irrecoverable devices. Now, this new app can help you find your devices even when they are offline. Find My app not only helps you to locate an iPhone but also AirPods, Apple Watch, iPad touch, Mac, or iPad.

Apple offers one of the best free tools to help to find your iPhone upon losing it. What more? Well, you might think – what if I don’t get my iPhone back? In such cases, you might as well protect your personal data very easily by locking it. In fact, the “Find My App” uses your internet connection and GPS to perform a few of the remote actions.

ENABLE FIND MY IPHONE ON YOUR IPHONE

ENABLE FIND MY IPHONE ON YOUR IPHONE
ENABLE FIND MY IPHONE ON YOUR IPHONE

Haven’t enabled your iPhone?

  1. Open the setting.
  2. Enter your Apple ID.
  3. Go to the iCloud menu.

In the app, using the iCloud section, enter Find My iPhone and then mark last position options are enabled.

HOW TO FIND FRIENDS IN FIND MY ON IPHONE

HOW TO FIND FRIENDS IN FIND MY ON IPHONE
HOW TO FIND FRIENDS IN FIND MY ON IPHONE
  1. Open Find My on your iPhone.
  2. Tap the People tab if the app doesn’t open to it.
  3. Then click on Share My Location.
  4. Type the name of a contact and add it. You may add more people too.
  5. Then Tap send and share your location either of one hour, until the end of the day or indefinitely.

More To Setup Find My iPhone: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT205362

Is the Phone Dead?

Here, according to the situation, we will explain how easy it is to track your phone’s location even after the battery is dead or not connected to GPS. The good news is that Apple has software to help you track down your phone easily. Further, with the help of software, you can wipe out and protect all the data.

There is a section below that explains how to discover the location of your iPhone.

USING THE FIND MY IPHONE OPTION TO FIND YOUR PHONE

USING THE FIND MY IPHONE OPTION TO FIND YOUR PHONE
USING THE FIND MY IPHONE OPTION TO FIND YOUR PHONE

There are two ways to locate your iPhone:

  1. Using the app Find my iPhone
  2. Using the iCloud website

Here’s the process locate your iPhone using the iCloud website

  1. Visit icloud.com
  2. You are required to log in to the iCloud using your Apple Id.
  3. Choose the option – find iPhone. This helps to perform a quick search for all the devices.
  4. We all know how Google Maps work. Similarly, the iPhone will start zooming in and out to show the location of your phone using a green dotted spot.
  5. Choose the option “all devices” to pick another device.
  6. You already have your iPhone located. Select the device and the icons to see all the additional options available.
  7. Now, you can easily protect your iPhone. You may also choose to play the sounds, notifications, directions, enable lost mode, erase the date of your iPhone.

PLAY SOUND

Well, choose this option when you are sure that your iPhone is close to you. Select play sound you can play a sound and get a direction to find your iPhone.

  1. Start the find my app.
  2. Select a device
  3. Then choose the target device and play sound. However, this option does not work if the phone is not connected to a network.

TIP: Do not test this with AirPods while wearing them; it will damage your ears.

DIRECTION

While playing a sound, you can see map to present you with the direction of your iPhone and locate you to your lost iPhone.

NOTIFICATION

Through this, you can receive a message as a notification by just switching on a device and want to be notified if someone can find it.

LOST MODE OPTIONS

If you do not find your iPhone, then choose the lost mode option. This helps to give out your contact info; preferably a phone number on which you are available. One more feature is you will also get an option to send a message which is visible to the individual who finds your iPhone. Then tap Activate. If you activate, the missing device is remotely locked. A confirmation email is sent to the primary email address associated with your Apple ID.

TIP: Apple suggests you keep the message simple yet strong, “THIS IPHONE HAS BEEN LOST. PLEASE CALL ME.”

ERASE IPHONE

There can be situations when you might not be able to find the whereabouts of your iPhone. In such cases, it is advisable to erase all the data present in the phone immediately. You obviously do not want anyone to intrude into your privacy. However, please remember that once the data erases from the phone, it is no more yours. Finding it becomes next to impossible.

TIP: If you get the device back later, you can restore your data from backup.

After doing this, you must sign out of Find My iPhone on any other device from where you activated it.

WHAT TO DO IF THE IPHONE IS OFFLINE

Despite following all the steps, you are unable to find your phone. In fact, there are many a time when such a situation arises. Here’s why this is possible –

  1. Your iPhone is switched off.
  2. The iPhone is not connected to the internet.
  3. GPS is disabled.

How to retrieve your device

Besides this, using the Bluetooth and the Find my Device features, tracking of iPhone can be easy. If the function is switched off, the best chance of retrieving your device is: –

  1. Need to navigate to settings,
  2. Select your name, then, go to iCloud.
  3. Click on Find my iPhone option.
  4. Then, in the end, you see the option, send the last location. Enable it.

Send the last location

Send the last location is another option available on iPhone running new techniques. In this, you need not depend on your iPhone’s battery power. So, you can easily find its last location.

However, in such cases, enabling the last location of your iPhone is important.

In find my iPhone, an erased device will be listed as “offline” and information won’t be available again once it wiped off. There will be no longer update of your last location.

This sends you the location of your device to apple when the battery is critically low.

FORGET TO TURN ON FIND MY APP

If you do not turn on Find My before it has been stolen or lost, it can’t be used to locate your device.

To protect your data, you have to follow these steps: –

I. CHANGE YOUR APPLE ID PASSWORD

You should ensure that no one can access the data on iCloud or any other features from your lost device. Change the Apple ID password first. This can protect your all data, and other apps like email account, social networking apps.

II. FILE COMPLAINT OF YOUR LOST DEVICE

You should report to the local law enforcement about losing your phone. They would ask you for the device serial number. You have to find your product’s serial number on the original product receipt or invoice.

III. KEEP YOUR TRUSTED PHONE NUMBERS UP TO DATE

To use two-factor authentication, you need to least one trusted phone number on file where you can receive verification codes.

  1. Go to your Apple ID account page.
  2. Sign in with your Apple ID.
  3. Go to the security section and click edit.

Your carrier can disable the applications, all the useful data account and prevent texts and phone calls. Do you use Apple Pay? Well, then you must delete all the payment methods used on the iPhone previously.

FIND MISSING DEVICE OF YOUR FRIEND AND FAMILY MEMBER

FIND MISSING DEVICE OF YOUR FRIEND AND FAMILY MEMBER
FIND MISSING DEVICE OF YOUR FRIEND AND FAMILY MEMBER

You may also help your friend and family member to find their device if it’s missing and has Find My (Device) turned on: –

  1. Open the find my app.
  2. Choose Me
  3. Select Help a Friend.
  4. Have your friend sign in to iCloud with the Apple ID, they are signed in with on their missing device.

This will help your friends and family member to locate their lost device. Furthermore, did you connect your phone to any family member’s device?

Well, in such cases, you can again easily track the lost phone using find my iPhone.

Locating an individual using FIND MY IPHONE

Do you know the password and the Apple ID of the individual? If yes, locating the person is easy. It is always a good idea to share your iPhone device with family. You have all the options to share pictures, location, apps, music and more. What more? Locating the individual becomes easy too. This app helps you out to find the missing person especially to the cops and their near ones.

It is also important to know that even if your iPhone is currently not connected to any WIFI, with the help of Find My iPhone, you will receive an email as soon as your phone connects to any network. Mostly every device can download and access the Find my iPhone app from the Apple App Store.

Install the free app from the App store

Download Find My iPhone

You can go to the app store and install it from there as it as a free app.

After the installation process, you will have to sign in to the Find my iPhone using your Apple ID. You must make sure to grant permission to the app to access your location. Only then will it be able to track every breath of the device. If you do not turn the location services on, your device will not be discoverable to the Find my iPhone app.

Another imperative thing to bear in mind is to jot down your phones IMEI and Serial number. This is unique to every phone. The IMEI number lets you de-register the mobile from networks. Further, the primary principle of the IMEI number is to identify mobile and prevent thefts.

Process Made Easier

Finding your device can be a tedious task. In fact, the best we can do is to be careful. Preparedness is important for such circumstances. Google has made our lives easier with its Find My iPhone software. All the features in this app can locate and navigate your phone in the easiest way possible.  Consider yourself protected and don’t forget to use all these remarkable functions when in need.

System settings

Find my iPhone is the key build into the system settings, managed by your iCloud account. Finding your iPhone, the advantage to find your phone is you must have Family sharing setup, a member of your family can view your lost device in the Find My iPhone app on their device. You can view the location of all the devices linked to a family member’s Apple ID.

CONCLUSION

If Find My app is not enabled on your iPhone before missing or stolen, there is no other Apple service that can provide you service of finding or tracking your lost device. The only specific way is that you can track or locate missing devices is to FIND MY IPHONE. This app not only helps you to locate your missing device as well as helpful to police officers to track a criminal’s location. So, understand the actual process of Find My app and protect your cell phones or other devices and yourself too. So, what are you still waiting for? Go ahead and take all the necessary measures to protect your expensive gadgets like the iPhone.

Rick J Smith

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