Assuming the device has recently been on and, in the case of Wi-Fi-only devices, awake and connected to a mobile or Wi-Fi network, you can actually see its location on a map, as well as send a message to it, play a sound on it, remotely lock it, or even securely erase its contents. Tap the blue i button for a device, and you get several options. Tap the Temporary button at the bottom of the screen and then tap Invite Friends on a portrait-orientation iPad, hidden in the list popover—tap the list button in the upper left. Pros View all devices on a map and remotely trigger a sound: When you open the app you'll see all of your online devices on a map, and you'll be able to make them produce a sound, even if they are in silent mode. A green dot tells you that Find My iPhone has located the device, which will be shown on the map.
Additional options for remotely wiping the phone and forcing it to play a sound — accessible via the Actions option located at the bottom of the display — are also available, along with an intuitive Lost Mode that provides options for locking the device with a four-digit passcode and displaying a contact phone number of your own choosing directly on the lock screen. This entry was posted in ,. I locked the device one time and the passcode i chose was already known by the person who stole it, so they typed it in and turned off lost mode. Tap a device to view its location on a Google map. How to use Find My iPhone on iPhone and iPad Not only can you track a lost iPhone, iPad, or Mac on the web, you can use the Find My iPhone app to locate your phone.
Fortunately, Apple is hip to this sort of thing. You can also tap the arrow icon in the bottom-left corner of the screen to center the map on the currently selected device. It requires no action on your part and serves as yet another security measure designed to prevent theft and unauthorized use of your phone. If you're not sure where to start, we can walk you through enabling Find My iPhone on all your devices as well as how to track them both on the web and through the Find My iPhone app! You'll find it on any iPhone. Display a custom message on the Lock Screen.
Remotely lock your device with a passcode. Cons Then i made a mistake in accidentally removing the device from the device list. A valid iCloud account is also required and devices without cellular data must be connected to a registered Wi-Fi network to be located. Using Find My iPhone is simple, requiring little more than the initial setup and activation, and can really save you should you discover that your precious device is nowhere to be found. Locate your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac on a map.
Like iHound, it allows you to set up geo-fencing boundaries to notify when a phone has been taken beyond those limits. It has a couple of particularly unique tracking features, such as geo-fencing functionality, which will send you notifications when the phone goes outside a set area. Find My iPhone will help you locate your missing device on a map, remotely lock it, play a sound, display a message, or erase all the data on it. How to use Find My iPhone on the web If you have a computer handy, you can easily track your missing iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac on the web via iCloud. Perhaps the most useful feature of the laptop version is that it allows you to send a fake hardware error message that will lock your screen so that the thief will be forced to take your laptop in for repair. Please note that Find My iPhone must be enabled in iCloud settings on your device before you can locate it with this app.
As with the Google Maps website or app, you can zoom in our out, and you can switch between Map, Satellite, and Hybrid views. Out of curiousity, I decided to unsuspend service and try to locate it again. You never know when things might escalate. You can create and send a message to your phone to let whoever has found it know how to contact you. Cons Always-on tracking: The downside to having such a convenience is that your devices are regularly being asked their locations, and the information is being aggregated on Apple's servers.
When you tap Actions on this screen, the options available to you will depend on the type of device you're trying to locate, but you should always have the option to play a sound to locate a nearby device as long as it's powered on and within range. Thank God the little girl was honest and gave it back! Like other laptop finder programs, it also allows you to take screenshots. Sure enough, it was discovered at a local mall and after a bit of detective work, I was reunited with the device. On an iPad in landscape orientation, the friends list appears on the left; in portait orientation, tap the list button in the upper left to see your friends list. An audible tone will also be played to draw attention to the device. In the case of a Mac, it also sets a four-digit passcode that lets you access your Mac if you ever recover it.
The laptop version allows you to take a photo with the webcam, plus screenshot and keylogs to help you identify the thief. Here is a breakdown of a few interesting options, varying from full featured tracking suites to quick add-ons, that could help you find a lost device. Switch this to On, and the next time that device connects to the Internet, the iCloud service will send you an email noting the specific date and time the device was located and directing you to the app or the iCloud website to perform any Find My Device actions. The final option is Remote Wipe. Since the phone was turned off, Find iPhone could not determine the location; but after 6 days, the thief turned the phone on again.