We all have spent a good deal of money to purchase our new iPhones and iPads. These iOS devices can certainly do some amazing things, but have you really given a thought on how to protect these precious devices? What will you do if you lose your iPhone in your office or college? What does it take to find a misplaced iPhone? How easy is it to recover a lost iPhone?
Instead of going around in circles, filing a complaint, searching each and every room of your house, or asking people about your “lost” iPhone, you’d be better off using tracking services. These tracking services will reveal the exact location of your iOS devices, making it easier to know if the device was stolen or lost (there’s a big difference between the two).
A free, and highly recommended, tracking service comes from Apple — it’s called Find My iPhone. Find My iPhone tracks any Apple product —MacBook, iPad, iPhone, etc. Even if your iPhone is stolen, and the Internet connection is switched on, you can know the device’s location in real-time.
Visit iCloud.com from your browser and enter your Apple ID and password.
Click on “Find My iPhone” icon.
You will know the exact location of your iPhone automatically.
You can also do the following:
Note: Find My iPhone works only when:
From the above screenshot in Step 3, you will notice my iPhone cannot be tracked through Find My iPhone. The message appearing under my white iPhone 4S says “Offline.” In other words, my iPhone was switched off while I was writing this tutorial. However, you must know that Find My iPhone will not work when:
Check the box “email me when this iPhone is found.” This can help you trace your iPhone’s location when the device is turned on.
While there are numerous ways to track a lost or stolen iPhone, Find My iPhone should be your first choice for several reasons a) it’s free b) it works. My only gripe is, if you have not enabled it already on your iPhone, the service is almost useless.
But if you have used Find My iPhone before, and it’s already activated on your iOS device, this invaluable tracking service can save your day.