Your world may come to a stop if your iPhone gets lost accidentally or is stolen by someone. There is a lot of important data on your iPhone which you do not anyone to have an access to. Phones, contacts, messages, files, etc. – you surely wouldn’t want your data to be misused by any other party. Looks like you do not need to worry about it anymore.
Fortunately, Apple offers a free tool named ‘Find My iPhone’ to locate your iPhone in case it gets lost or stolen. With this way, you can get your iPhone back. And, even if you can’t get it back, you can prevent someone from getting access to your personal data.
‘Find My iPhone’, a free service offered by iCloud, basically uses your phone’s GPS and internet connection to help you locate it on the map and then take certain actions. To find your iPhone, follow our step by step guide but before doing that, you will need the following things:
- An iCloud account
- A set up for Find My iPhone on your phone before it was lost or stolen. This step is super important otherwise you won’t be able to turn on Find My iPhone once your phone is lost or stolen.
- A computer or device with an internet connection.
How to Use Find My iPhone to Locate Your Phone
Before you go ahead to use the Find My iPhone service, you need to set it up on your device before it was stolen or lost. If you’ve already done the setup, then visit https://www.icloud.com/ in a web browser.
A Find My iPhone app is also available that can be installed on another iOS device to track your lost/stolen iPhone. Follow the easy steps to try to recover your iPhone:
Step 1: First of all, log in to your iCloud account, the one you used while setting up Find My iPhone. This should be your Apple ID/iTunes account.
Step 2: After you’ve logged in, click on Find iPhone under the web-based tools that are offered by iCloud. Once you click, the service immediately begins trying to find all the devices you have it enabled on. As it continues to work, you will see onscreen messages.
Step 3: If more than one device of yours has been set up for Find My iPhone, then click All Devices at the top of the screen and choose the device you’re looking for.
Step 4: If the service is able to locate your device, it zooms in on the map and shows the exact location of the device using a green dot. If you get to see the green dot, you can zoom in or out of the map and view it in standard, satellite, and hybrid modes, just like in Google Maps. A new window appears in the right corner of your web browser when your device is found. It basically lets you know how much battery your phone has at that moment and also offers a few other options.
Step 5: The next step required is to click Play Sound. This is the first option for a reason. Sending a sound to the device can help you locate your lost phone. It can also be helpful if you think someone has taken your device but is denying it.
Step 6: You also have an option of clicking Lost Mode. When you click on that button, you will remotely lock your device’s screen and set a passcode (even if you had not set up any passcode in the past). By doing this, you will prevent any person from using your device or accessing your private data. After clicking the Lost Mode button, you will be asked to enter a passcode you want to use. If you’ve already set up a passcode on your device, the same code will be used. You can also enter your phone number where the person who has the device can easily reach you. This is optional because you would not want to share this information if your phone has been stolen. What you can do is, write a message that will be displayed on the device’s screen.
Step 7: If you have an instinct that you won’t be able to get your phone back, then what you can do is delete all the data from it. To do this, simply click the Erase button. Once you click the button, all the data on your phone will be erased and the thief will not be able to have an access to it. However, just in case, you get the device back later, you have an option of restoring your data from the backup.
Step 8: In case you’ve found your phone but think that your device is on the move, click the green dot representing the exact location of your phone and then click the rounded arrow in the pop-up window. By doing this, you will stay updated on your device’s location using the latest GPS data.