How To Make Lost/Stolen Apple iPhone Findable
Even the most careful smartphone owner can forget his/her device somewhere or have it stolen – this can happen to anyone. If you want to make your expensive Apple iPhone findable, you should take some easy steps BEFORE it’s lost or stolen.
“Find My iPhone” is an app that will help you find your iPhone, and here’s how you can use it:
1. First of all, register a free account at www.icloud.com (you’ll only need an email address and a password for this; make sure your password isn’t an easily guessable one like those blacklisted by BlackBerry).
2. Go to the Settings of your Apple device and choose iCloud. Find “Find My iPhone” there and turn it on. The phone will most likely ask you if you’re sure. Well, of course you are sure!
3. It would also be a good idea to set a password for your iPhone or iPad so that nobody is able to use it or access your personal info on it. Just go to Settings -> General -> Passcode Lock, and then choose a good password that nobody, even a person who knows you well can guess.
After you’ve done all of the steps above (they’re easy enough, right?), you can be sure you have all the chances to find your iPhone if it’s lost or stolen. Here’s what you should do:
1. Just find any computer, log into icloud.com, and then enter “Find My iPhone” – you’ll see the location of your device on a map. It’s also possible to switch to satellite-photo view to make it easier to locate your iPhone.
By the way, you can do this with another iPhone or iPad, too – just login to your “Find My iPhone” account from there.
2. If the service doesn’t locate your device, it means it’s most likely offline. Just make the service send you an email alert as soon as it appears online (just check the box there in the app).
3. You can also use this service to make your phone ping loudly for two minutes – if it’s somewhere near, you’ll hear the sound and find it. This trick will work even if the phone was asleep or on Mute.
4. The “Find My iPhone” service can also show a message on the screen of your iPhone. You can write your phone number in that message or offer a reward to the one who finds it. If your iPhone appears in the hands of a good person, he’ll probably read your message and find a way to return it to you.
5. If your iPhone or iPad isn’t protected with a password, you can still set a password now, using the remote control of the service called Lock.
6. And finally, if you think you won’t be able to find your iPhone, but it has some valuable info that shouldn’t be seen by others, you can use the Remote Wipe feature of “Find My iPhone” that will erase EVERYTHING from your phone. That’s extreme case, of course, and I hope you will be able to find your phone anyway not having to erase it.
This will work if your lost/stolen iPhone is online and turned on. If it’s discharged or just switched off, the service will not be able to find it. Besides, professional thieves know about “Find My iPhone”, so they usually delete it as soon as they can, and you should keep this in mind.