Find My iPhone review
You frantically pat your pockets or dig through your purse, as the realisation sets in: you’ve misplaced your iPhone. Fortunately, Apple’s free Find My iPhone app makes it easy to find out where you lost your phone.
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As the app’s name suggests, it’s good for precisely one thing: finding your iPhone (or your iPod touch or your iPad). If you’ve set up Apple’s service for locating your device, then it’s a breeze to enter your username and password, tap your device, and find it on a map.
As with the service’s web interface, you can use the Find My iPhone app to send a message to your lost phone, play a sound (so that you can find it where it slipped behind the sofa cushions), remotely lock your device with a passcode, or erase the whole thing so nobody gets their hands on your data. As you’d expect from Apple, all this functionality is presented in a straightforward fashion that makes the app simple and intuitive to navigate.
If there’s one thing missing from the program, it’s that the app will display your device on a map, but it doesn’t offer any way to plot a route there, or otherwise save or export the location. Better integration with iOS’s built-in Maps app would be welcome.
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Hopefully, you’ll never have to fire up Find My iPhone for anything other than a tech demo for curious friends, but if you do, then you’ll find it does its job with aplomb.