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How to locate a stolen or lost iPhone using Find My iPhone

locate stolen or lost iPhone

How to locate a stolen or lost iPhone? Well apple iPhone comes with a free app called Find My iPhone. To locate  a stolen or lost iPhone this is the failsafe every apple owner uses. Now let us tell you how to use the Find my iPhone app.

 Locate a stolen or lost iPhone using Find My iPhone

To do this, you will need Find My iPhone, a free app that’s part of iCloud, that uses your phone’s GPS and Internet connection to help you locate it on a map and take certain actions.

What will you need to locate a stolen or lost iPhone using Find My iPhone

Now let us tell you what you will need to run this operation –

You will need an iCloud account.

Your phone Find my iPhone app should be set up on your phone.

And you will need a device with active internet connection.

How to use Find My iPhone

 

locate a stolen or lost iPhone

 

As already mentioned, you MUST have the Find My iPhone service set up on your device before it was stolen. If you did, go to https://www.icloud.com/ in a web browser.

Now you are all set up let us begin

Log in to iCloud: Use your apple id and password to log in to iCloud.

Click on Find iPhone under the web-based tools offered by iCloud. Find My iPhone immediately begins trying to locate all the devices you have it enabled on. You’ll see onscreen messages as it works.

If you have more than one device set up for Find My iPhone, click All Devices at the top of the screen and select the device you’re looking for.

If it locates your device, Find My iPhone zooms in on the map and shows the location of the device using a green dot. When this happens, you can zoom in or out of the map, and view it in standard, satellite, and hybrid modes, like in Google Maps. When your device is found, a window appears in the right corner of your web browser. It lets you know how much battery your phone has and offers a few options.

Click Play Sound. This is the first option because sending a sound to the device is best when you think you’ve lost your device nearby and want help finding it. It can also be helpful if you think someone has your device but is denying it.

You can also click Lost Mode. This allows you to remotely lock the device’s screen and set a pass code. This prevents a thief from using your device or accessing your personal data.

Once you click the Lost Mode button, enter the passcode you want to use. If you already have a passcode on the device, that code will be used. You can also enter a phone number where the person who has the device can reach you (this is optional; you may not want to share this information if it’s been stolen). You also have the option to write a message that is displayed on the device’s screen.

If you don’t think you’ll get the phone back, you can delete all data from the device. To do this, click the Erase button. You’ll see a warning (basically, don’t do this unless you’re absolutely sure you want to). Click the box that says you understand what you’re doing and click Erase. This will delete all the data on your phone, preventing the thief from accessing it.

If you get the device back later, you can restore your data from backup.

If you think your device is on the move, click the green dot representing your phone and then click the rounded arrow in the pop-up window. This updates the device’s location using the latest GPS data.

What To Do If the iPhone is turned off

If Find My iPhone isn’t working for whatever reason, you have a handful of options:

Check the Notify Me When Found box. Find My iPhone will let you know when your device next connects to the Internet so you can find it

The three options – Play SoundLost Mode, and Erase – are available. Use whichever you want and the next time the device is connected to the Internet, the option you picked will happen to locate a stolen or lost iPhone

Choose Remove from Account if you’ve sold or given away the device and don’t want it to show up in Find My iPhone anymore.

This is how you can locate stolen or lost iPhone.

 

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