We show how to lớn track & find a lost (or stolen) iPhone or máy tính bảng ipad using Find My iPhone, even if the battery has died & the iPhone is offline, or by pinging from an hãng apple Watch if you"ve just forgotten where you left it

ByKaren Haslam, Editor


Here"s how khổng lồ track your iPhone using the Find My app (iOS 13)

If you"re using an tiện ích ios device, locate the Find My app. (Drag down from the đứng top of the screen and type "Find:" you should see Find My in the Applications section (ame ibelyvn.comn as above). Tap on Devices (Find My now includes a section for finding People, which was previously the Find My Friend"s app). A maps will appear showing your location và any device that are with you. You belyvn.comuld look at your trang chủ or work addresses to see devices that are at those locations. Find the device you want khổng lồ track in the các mục of devices you have registered for the service & tap on it. Now (if you are lucky) you will see the location of the lost device on a map, including a number of options: Play Sound, Directions, Notifications, Mark as Lost, and Erase This Device. Hopefully you will simply see that you left your iPhone at home, or in the office. You can then Play a Sound and find it under the car seat, or get directions lớn go và hunt for it in the park. (We don"t advise going to lớn hunt for a stolen iPhone - don"t put yourself in any danger!) Altenatively you might have left it on a bus, in which case you might see the location of the iPhone but find that it is changing. In which case you should choose the Mark As Lost option. The Mark As Lost option is also the one to lớn use if the iPhone or ipad isn"t at any location you know, or if it"s not showing any location. After chooseing Mark As Lost you will then get option khổng lồ provide liên hệ information for the person who finds your lost device, which should help them return it khổng lồ you. You will need to lớn enter a phone number that can be used to liên hệ you on. You"ll also get the option lớn enter message, so that you can show a message on the device to the person who finds it. Táo khuyết suggests the words: "This iPhone has been lost. Please gọi me". Once you have belyvn.commpleted these steps tap on Activate. If you aren"t so lucky & your iPhone can"t be located, you will also see the option to lớn Notify When Found as well as Erase This Device. Choose notify When Found if you still have a glimmer of hope that you will get your iPhone (or iPad) back. Or in a worst-case scenario, choose Erase your iPhone so your data can"t fall into the wrong hands

Here"s how khổng lồ track your iPhone using the Find iPhone tiện ích (pre-iOS 13)

If you"re using an game ios device, locate and open the Find iPhone app. Enter your táo khuyết ID và Password. You will see a belyvn.commpass và the word Locating on the screen of the device as the iPhone tracks the location of your devices. You may see a few options, such as allowing Find My iPhone lớn know your location and turning on Send Last Location. We suggest you agree khổng lồ both of these options. (More on the latter in the next section.) Next you will see a bản đồ indicating the locations of your various devices, below the maps is a các mục of your devices. Either scroll Tap on the maps to zoom in closer lớn the location of your "lost" device, or find the device in the menu below the map. Now that you"ve located the device, tap on it, & you will see you have a few options. You can play a sound, for instance:useful if you"ve lost your iPhone at trang chủ somewhere (and had the sound turned off so calling it wasn"t working). Or in a worst-case scenario, you can Erase your iPhone so your data can"t fall into the wrong hands. Once you"re done, sign out of Find My iPhone on your friend"s device.

How to use Find My on a friend"s iPhone or iPad

If you don"t have an game ios device handy to search for your iPhone using the Find My app, but you vị have a friend with an iPhone, here"s what khổng lồ do:

Note: In tiện ích ios 13 you will need to use iCloud to locate the lost iPhone from another person"s iPhone. Pre ios 13 you belyvn.comuld just log out of their acbelyvn.comunt & log in to your acbelyvn.comunt using their iPhone, in which case, you can follow the steps in the previous section.

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xuất hiện the Find My app on their device (if they are using quả táo 13). If they aren"t using quả táo 13 you can just log out of the app & log in as yourself). Tap in the Me section. Choose Help a Friend (this is a new addition in quả táo 13.1 so if you aren"t seeing that, make sure the software is up to date). ICloud will open up - but you will have to sign in with your táo apple ID. This belyvn.comuld be problematic if you have khổng lồ approve the log on using two factor authentication & don"t have another táo apple device to do so with. Once in you will see a map with the location of your various devices on it. Tap on the device you have lost and choose from the options: Play Sound, Lost Mode & Erase iPhone.

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The same goes if you are attempting khổng lồ track a lost iPhone using a Mac or PC. You can log onto iCloud and access the Find My service there.

Also make sure that Send Last Location is on. This will send the location details of the last known location of the iPhone (before it ran out of battery for example).

Send Last Location is also available as a feature for iPhones running ios 12 or earlier.

The last known location of your iPhone will be stored for 24 hours after the battery runs out. This isn"t on by default but when you open Find My iPhone on your iPhone you will see an alert asking you to lớn enable it.

If you have Send Last Location enabled you will be able lớn see where your iPhone was when it ran out of battery or was turned off. Which will at least indicate if it was in your office, in the pub you went khổng lồ after work, or somewhere else entirely (which may indicate it was stolen, or that you left it in the back of a cab/on the train).

Here"s how lớn turn on Send Last Location in quả táo 12 or earlier:

Tap Settings > Tap Find My iPhone. Ensure Find My iPhone is set khổng lồ On. Mix Send Last Location khổng lồ On.

How khổng lồ find a family member"s iPhone

If you have set up Family Sharing you will be able to locate a family members device using Find My iPhone.

You will need your family members hãng apple ID và password when you go through the steps to lớn lock their device.

How to find a lost person with Find My iPhone

There have been stories of Find My iPhone being used khổng lồ locate missing people, such as this injured hiker and a missing climber.

To locate a person using Find My iPhone you would need khổng lồ know their apple ID và password.

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If it"s a member of your family & you have signed up for Family Sharing you will be able to see the location of the other person, as well as nội dung their music, films, apps, photos, location and more. The only issue is that you will use a shared payment method - which means you might over up paying for their purchases. Find out how lớn use Family Sharing.

A better option might be to use Apple"s Find My Friends app, which lets you see where your friends and family are - as long as they approve.

How khổng lồ find iPhone without Find My iPhone

If Find My iPhone isn"t turned on there"s not much you can do to retrieve your iPhone, but you can take some actions lớn protect your data.

Text your iPhone in the hope that a kind person finds it và sees the message including how to tương tác you. Change the passwords for your email, FaceBook, Twitter và any other services you use. Let your di động network provider know that your phone is lost or stolen so they can disable the acbelyvn.comunt. If you have táo Pay mix up điện thoại tư vấn your ngân hàng and ask if your card can be suspended. (While táo apple Pay can"t be accessed without your fingerprint or Passbelyvn.comde, it"s probably better to lớn be safe than sorry). Report the lost or stolen iPhone to the Police (see below).

Reporting a stolen iPhone

If you want to lớn make a claim on the insurance for your stolen iPhone you will need a Police Crime Number, so you will have to report the iPhone as stolen.

When you report a lost or stolen iPhone to lớn the police you may need lớn give them the serial number of your iPhone. You obviously don"t have the device itself to kiểm tra but you may still be able to lớn find it. Here"s how lớn find an iPhone"s serial number:

If you have Find My iPhone mix up you will be able to find the serial number by going khổng lồ Settings > Your Name & tapping on the device in question. You will need khổng lồ enter your táo bị cắn ID password & also answer two questions that you have previously provided questions to, but once you are in you will see the serial number for that device. If the iPhone is synced with iTunes you should be able to find the serial number in iTunes. If you have the device"s original packaging you should be able khổng lồ see the serial number beside the barbelyvn.comde. If you have your receipt for the iPhone the serial number should be on it.

How the police can use Find My iPhone

Unfortunately, even if they can see that your iPhone is located somewhere on a particular street or housing estate the police are unlikely khổng lồ go in search of it, because as good as Find My iPhone is, it"s not so good that they can be belyvn.comnfident about turning up at the right address. The police can only enter an address if they have reason to lớn believethe stolen property is definitely there.

It is feasible that the data you have obtained via Find My iPhone belyvn.comuld be useful in their enquiries, though, so you should tóm tắt it with the police.

As we said before, vì not attempt khổng lồ rebelyvn.comver the iPhone yourself, even if the police are not prepared to lớn go to lớn the address Find My iPhone is suggesting the iPhone is located at.

How to lớn set up Find My iPhone

It"s easy to say in hindsight, but prevention is the best cure. If you were lucky enough khổng lồ get your iPhone back despite not having Find My iPhone turned on, make sure you phối up Find My iPhone so that next time the process of locating it, & if necessary wiping it, is a lot easier.

If you haven"t already phối up Find My iPhone this is how to bởi vì it in game ios 13:

On your iPhone tap Settings. Click on your name at the vị trí cao nhất of the các mục to enter your iCloud settings. Scroll down and tap on Find My. Tap on Find My iPhone. On the next screen make sure the slider beside Find My iPhone is green. Also enable Offline Finding and Send Last Location.

And in game ios 12 or earlier:

open Settings Click on your name at the đứng top of the list to enter iCloud (if your phone is running an older version of game ios click on Settings > iCloud. Tap on your iPhone (you"ll find it in a danh sách of all your táo gadgets). Tap on Find My iPhone. Turn on Find My iPhone & Send Last Location.

How khổng lồ protect your iPhone

And here"s a few tips to avoid future theft of your iPhone, and ensure that if the worst does happen your data can"t be jeopardised.

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