How to Use Find My iPhone to Locate a Lost iPhone

Sara Abadi

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Have you worried that your expensive iPhone would be stolen by someone or you already have lost your iPhone? Now, what to do. Don’t worry, we have a solution to this issue. You may use “Find My App” to find out your lost phone. The solution is also executable if the device goes offline. 

You may download the “Find My App” from the Apple store. But this app does not mean that you indeed need it to track the location. What it means that it need not have to install on your missing phone. It is a cloud-based service of Apple, that is the best part of this app. You may locate your device location that is the only other way for this.


Fundamental Needs to Locate Your iPhone

  • Make Your iPhone Updated to the latest version of iOS
  • Turn your service location and “Find My iPhone”

Find a Missing Device

One of the best things about using “Find My iPhone” is that if you keep it turn on before losing your device then you may easily find out it even it is under the chair, in another room or somewhere else. And if your device’s offline Finding is on, then you may easily find out as well even if it is not connected with the network. 


Several Options to Find My iPhone

  • Play a Sound
  • Open the Find My app.
  • Choose the Devices tab.
  • Choose your lost device and then choose Play Sound. It would not play a sound If your device is offline until it connects to the network.
  • See it on the Map
  • Open the Find My app.
  • Choose the Devices tab.
  • To see the location of your device, you have to choose your device. You can see the devices in your group if you belong to a Family Sharing group.
  • Get Directions
  • Open the Find My app.
  • Choose the Devices tab.
  • Now, select the device that you have lost and then choose Directions to open its location in Maps.

You can locate a missing device from iCloud If you don’t have access to an iPhone with Find My option.


Mark Your Device As Lost

You need to keep your data secure even if your device is lost. For remotely lock your missing device, use Mark As Lost along with passcode, keep track of your location of the device, and display phone number with a custom message on the lock screen. 


Use Mark As Lost

  • Open the option “Find My iPhone” and choose the Devices tab
  • Now the device that you have lost
  • Now Scroll down to “Mark As Lost” and choose to Activate.
  • Choose to continue and afterward enter the mobile number in case you intend to display on your missing device. 
  • Choose the Next option. If you intend, you may select to enter a custom message asking the finder of your missing device to contact you. 
  • Now choose the option ACTIVATE.

What if Mark As Lost Activated

Now, your missing device has been locked. And it will disable Apple Pay even if it is set up in the device. You will receive a confirmation of your primary email that is also associated with Apple ID. Now, you need to unlock your device with the Passcode after recovering your device. 


Erase Your Device Remotely

You may erase your data remotely if you intend to prevent anyone else from accessing the data on your missing device. If you erase your device then all the info from your device will be deleted and you might not even find out using Find My:

  • Open the “Find My iPhone” and tab your all devices tab
  • Choose your device that you intend to erase remotely.
  • Scroll down and select the option Erase.
  • Choose to Erase this. 

Now, you would not able to track your device after erasing your device. After erasing your device if you remove your device from the account then the activation lock will be turned off. And this will allow another user to turn on and use your device. 


Find Your Lost Device From iCloud

You may use “Find My iPhone” to find your device and for this, you need to log in to iCloud.com with Apple ID that you used to sign-in on the missing device. In case you lost the device, then you may do the following things:

  • Play a sound
  • Mark it as lost
  • Erase remotely 

What You Will Do If Device of Your Friend Lost

You may assist your friend in finding the lost device and for this make sure that your iPhone has “Find My iPhone” turned on. Follow the step as follows:

  • Open the Find My App
  • Choose the Me Tab.
  • Choose help from a friend.
  • Make sure your friend has signed in your iCloud with the Apple ID that they used to sign in for the missing device. 

Conclusion

Great, now we have made you familiar with all steps that need to take care of things in case you have lost your device or someone has stolen your device. By getting proper settings in your iPhone and installation of the aforementioned app may surely assist you in locating your device.