For 44 million iPhone users in the United States and millions more across the world, losing their iPhone is an unfortunate possibility. Whether by accidentally leaving it behind at a store or restaurant, dropping it from a pocket or bag without noticing, or having it blatantly stolen your person, there are countless ways and opportunities for your iPhone to leave your possession.
Because of this possibility, Apple has created the Find My iPhone application to assist iPhone users in retrieving their device. Based in iCloud, Find My iPhone is able to remotely lock your device, as well as display possible locations where it may be. Mostly self explanatory, there are a few key points to be aware of about Find My iPhone and how it works.
How to Set up Find My iPhone
Before Find My iPhone can be utilize, it must be activated. This process is quite simple, and only requires that you visit the Find My iPhone site on your phone or computer. You can install the Find My iPhone app and you’re good to go. Here is the complete procedure to setup Find My iPhone
How to Use Find My iPhone
You’ve just noticed that your iPhone isn’t in your pocket. It isn’t on any tables or countertops around you. After the panic wears off, you remember that you’ve already set up Find My iPhone on iCloud. Congratulations, you’ve got a good chance at recovering your lost device.
If a friend nearby has an iPhone, you’re in luck. Borrow their phone, because what good friend wouldn’t let you use their device, and open or install the Find My iPhone app. For cases when you do not have a friend nearby or none of your friends use Apple devices, find the nearest computer with internet access and visit the Find My iPhone site.
Once connected to Find My iPhone by app or site, it’s best to lock your screen from prying eyes. With Find My iPhone, you can put your device into Lost Mode, which requires PIN input to unlock. This prevents anyone from accessing your data and using your phone before it is returned to you.
After locking the screen, you can push a message to the device in order to broadcast your contact information. With cases outside theft, this allows the individual who finds your iPhone to find out how to return it to you. Whether an email address or alternative phone number, anyone with the lost iPhone knows how to contact you for more info.
Devices in Lost Mode can send notification emails for updates on the status of the device. This includes going into lost mode, and any other changes for the state of the device. Updates mean someone is utilizing the phone.
Finally, Find My iPhone has a location tracking functionality utilizing GPS coordinates. This feature will allow the owner to pin down the current or last known location of the device if it has been powered off. While still on, the owner can see if the iPhone is static or moving, and where it it going in real time.
Find My iPhone is an extremely helpful utility offered officially by Apple to assist in the recovery of lost or stolen devices. It doesn’t come activated by default, so any new iPhone owner should make a point to set it up as soon as possible. After setting it up, Find My iPhone can make any situation of a lost device far less stressful and far more productive.