Macworld Masterclass: Locate a lost iOS device

Make sure you never lose track of your iPhone

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  • anno Intro
  • Find my iPhone 001 Step 1: Turn Find My iPhone On
  • Find my iPhone 002 Step 2: Share your location
  • Find my iPhone 003 Step 3: Log in
  • Find my iPhone 004 Step 4: Found devices
  • Find my iPhone 005 Step 5: Lock or Wipe
  • Find my iPhone 006 Step 6: Send a message
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Intro

If you were to lose your iOS device, it could be a mini disaster. Thankfully, Apple has already thought of this. Find My iPhone is a tool that – as the name suggests – will help you locate it. The app isn’t just for worst-case scenarios where you actually lose your device, but is also for when you’ve discovered that you’ve left it at home or at work.

You’ll need to remember to keep the Find My Phone service on at all times, and this will use some battery power. However, slightly less battery life is better than a lost device. Once you’ve turned the GPS tracking on you’ll need the Find My iPhone app, to use on another iOS device, or you can track it down online. Best of all you can send a message, so if someone has found your device you can let them know that it’s yours. In addition, you can completely wipe it should it go astray. This means if you do lose your it no-one can steal your data, and all your contact details are kept completely safe.

If nothing else, Find My iPhone offers complete peace of mind.

Vital Info

Device: iPhone/iPod touch/iPad
Difficulty: Beginner
Time required: 5 minutes

What you need

iOS 3.1.3 or later
Find My iPhone app (free)

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If you were to lose your iOS device, it could be a mini disaster. Thankfully, Apple has already thought of this. Find My iPhone is a tool that – as the name suggests – will help you locate it. The app isn’t just for worst-case scenarios where you actually lose your device, but is also for when you’ve discovered that you’ve left it at home or at work.

You’ll need to remember to keep the Find My Phone service on at all times, and this will use some battery power. However, slightly less battery life is better than a lost device. Once you’ve turned the GPS tracking on you’ll need the Find My iPhone app, to use on another iOS device, or you can track it down online. Best of all you can send a message, so if someone has found your device you can let them know that it’s yours. In addition, you can completely wipe it should it go astray. This means if you do lose your it no-one can steal your data, and all your contact details are kept completely safe.

If nothing else, Find My iPhone offers complete peace of mind.

Vital Info

Device: iPhone/iPod touch/iPad
Difficulty: Beginner
Time required: 5 minutes

What you need

iOS 3.1.3 or later
Find My iPhone app (free)

 

Step 2 of 7: Step 1: Turn Find My iPhone On

Go to the Settings app and tap on iCloud. Scroll down the until you see the Find My iPhone option. Switch it on.

 

Step 3 of 7: Step 2: Share your location

As soon as you turn the app on you have to confirm that you want your iPhone tracked and the location to be shown on a map.

 

Step 4 of 7: Step 3: Log in

Once you’ve downloaded the Find My iPhone app, simply enter your Apple ID and password, and it will track down all your devices.

 

Step 5 of 7: Step 4: Found devices

Any devices the app finds will be displayed with a green light. Those that can’t be located will have a red dot next to them.

 

Step 6 of 7: Step 5: Lock or Wipe

You can also lock your iOS device with the Find My iPhone software. Simply tap the blue arrow next to the device, then on Remote Lock.

 

Step 7 of 7: Step 6: Send a message

You can send an SOS message to your device so that anyone who finds it will know where to return it. You can even add an alert sound.

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