Setting up the application software for Find My iPhone is a relatively simple process and one that is truly worthwhile in installation due to the fact that it will allow powerful security mechanisms that can be utilized when an iPhone is lost due to personal actions or even through theft.
Before Setting Up
Before setting up the software for Find My iPhone itself, it is necessary that iCloud is set up on the device that will use Find My iPhone and that the Find My iPhone software itself is enabled on the device mentioned.
Setting up iCloud needs to be done on each individual iOS device and Mac device that you would like to utilize Find My iPhone. Setting up is short and easy but will need to be done on each device separately and this could become time-consuming, especially if you have a lot of devices.
1. First off, the device needs to be up to date; that is, it is necessary for it to be using and utilizing the current, newest version of iOS. This can be done simply by going to the menu under Settings and then selecting the general tab before tapping Software Update in order to check for any available updates on the iOS software that can be installed on the device.
2. Upon the installation (when setting up a new device) or update of the iOS (updating a current device), simply continue the set up process until the prompt appears that will guide you into activating your device and setting it up with iCloud. For those that initially ignored this iCloud installation process, the set up can be reinitiated by going to the settings menu through its icon and then selecting the option for iCloud. Upon entering your Apple ID, the set up process will continue to proceed.
3. Repeat this process to all the iOS and Mac devices that you would like to utilize the Find My iPhone feature on because it is necessary to have iCloud enabed and active in order to use the software of Find My iPhone.
How to Activate Find My iPhone
Setting it up on an iOS device
The actual set up for Find My iPhone with your iOS devices is actually very simple and straightforward and it can be done through following a few simple steps, steps that are shown below:
1/ Upon turning the device on, go to the interface, select the option for settings and then select the option for iCloud. Upon being prompted for your Apple ID details, provide this information in order to proceed. If for some reason you have yet to create an Apple ID, you can opt to create one from the prompt and you simply need to continue with the guided sign up procedure.
If the option for Find my iPhone is shown as being disabled, switch it to the enabled mode in order to configure it to an active state.
b) Repeat this process on your other iOS devices in order to complete the process of setting up Find My iPhone on them.
c)It is a useful tip to provide additional security measures for your phone in case someone acquires the opportunity to take it, even momentarily.
One of the methods that the iOS device has that can do this right from the get go is through creating and enabling a passcode that must be entered in order to have access to the device and the information and applications within it.
This is done by choosing the tab for Passcode Lock under the General tab of the Settings menu. The process is incredibly short and incredibly simple but the security it provides has immeasurable value in its use and importance in privacy and security.
With all that done, Find My iPhone can now be usable on the iOS devices that you enabled it on and, assuming that you opted to put it additional security features, your phone is now significantly and appreciably more secure compared to its previous state.
Setting it up on a Mac
Installing and setting up of the software on a Mac is slightly different compared to setting it up on an iOS device. That said, the processing of getting it to work is still very simple and direct and can be done through the steps that will be listed and elaborated below:
Turn on the Macintosh and then go to the Apple menu. Once you are in the Apple menu, select System Preferences and then choose iCloud from the options that are presented.
Look at the following tabs and see whether or not Find My iPhone is enabled or if it is disabled. If it is turned off, simply switch it to the on state.
For those who would like additional resources for privacy and security, one can add a password and one may also use the option to deactivate and turn off the feature used for automatically logging in users. This will allow extra assurance that you and you alone will be able to use the Find My iPhone for your Apple ID and so no one else will be able to access your private and important information. These can be done through the preferences under Users and Group and doing so aids in providing additional security measures.
Additional Set Up Tips
For those that belong to a group for Family Sharing, the software for Find My iPhone may also be utilized in assuring and securing the devices of those within the group in order to protect their privacy and information and not just yours.
It can be done to the members of the family with devices using iOS 8 and to the members of the family that have Mac devices with OS X Yosemite.
These must first be initialized to allow their locations to be shared with other family members for it to work.
For the members using iOS 8: Go to the interface and select Settings. From the available settings, choose iCloud and then allow Share My Location to enable the feature.
For the members using OS X Yosemite: Go to the iCloud application and then select preferences. From there, choose Manage Family Sharing and then select the family members that you would like to include in the list of those that will know your location.
Note that upon setting up Find My iPhone, the feature for Activation Lock will automatically become active.
This provides additional security measures in case you lose your phone and/or someone was to get their hands on your phone through theft.