How to set up and use Find My iPhone

How to set up and use Find My iPhone

Find My iPhone lets you remotely track your lost, stolen, or misplaced Apple device — be it an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Mac — from virtually anywhere, as long as the device in question has some kind of internet connection. Not only can Find My iPhone help you locate a stolen or lost device, it can also assist in remotely wiping your private information so your device data doesn't fall into the wrong hands. 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!

How to turn on Find My iPhone for your iPhone or iPad

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on iCloud
  3. Tap on Find My iPhone.
  4. Turn On the option for Find My iPhone.

How to enable Find My iPhone on iPhone or iPad

How to turn on Find My iPhone for your Mac

  1. Click on the Apple menu in the upper left corner of your Mac.
  2. Click on System Preferences.
  3. Click on iCloud.
  4. Turn On the option for Find My Mac — you will need to scroll to the bottom to see it.

How to enable Find My MacHow to enable Find My Mac

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.com. It's as easy as following these steps:

  1. Go to iCloud.com in any web browser.
  2. Log into your iCloud account.
  3. Click on Find my iPhone in the main menu.
  4. Click on All Devices at the top.
  5. Click the device name for the device you'd like to track.
  6. You can zoom in and out on the map to track it more closely, or you can choose from one of the modes listed in the upper right. Here is an explanation of what each does:
  • Play sound - Plays an audible tone, even if your device is on vibrate or silent. This is the option you'll want to use if your iPhone or iPad has gone missing around the house.
  • Lost mode - If you use this option, you'll be asked to enter a phone number that will display on the screen of your lost device. Someone can then use this number to call if they find the device. An audible tone will also be played to draw attention to the device.
  • Erase - If you don't think you're going to be able to retrieve the device, or you're worried about someone accessing your private data, you can remotely delete everything on it in order to protect your information.

How to use Find My iPhone on the webHow to use Find My iPhone on the web

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 also download the free Find My iPhone app from the App Store if you don't already have it installed.

You can then track any device linked to your iCloud account by following these steps:

  1. Launch the Find My iPhone app from any iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
  2. Log in with your iCloud ID.
  3. Tap on the name of the device you'd like to track.
  4. Pinch and zoom in order to view the map more closely, or tap on Actions at the bottom to see your options.
  5. Here you have the same 3 options you have in the web view of iCloud: Play Sound, Lost Mode, and Erase
  • Play sound - Plays an audible tone, even if your device is on vibrate or silent. This is the option you'll want to use if your iPhone or iPad has gone missing around the house.
  • Lost mode - If you use this option, you'll be asked to enter a phone number that will display on the screen of your lost device. Someone can then use this number to call if they find the device. An audible tone will also be played to draw attention to the device.
  • Erase - If you don't think you're going to be able to retrieve the device, or you're worried about someone accessing your private data, you can remotely delete everything on it in order to protect your information.

How to use Find My iPhone on iPhone and iPad

That's it! Keep in mind that if you think your device was stolen, but you're able to track it, it's always best to get local law enforcement involved rather than trying to retrieve a stolen device on your own.

It's also worth mentioning that if you were using Apple Pay on the device that was lost or stolen, it's a good idea to remotely wipe your credit card information via iCloud on the web. If you aren't sure how, you can follow our guide:

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Allyson Kazmucha

Senior editor for iMore. I can take apart an iPhone in less than 6 minutes. I also like coffee and Harry Potter more than anyone really should.

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How to set up and use Find My iPhone

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Wow a day before this article it happened in my work place. My co worker took the test iPhone from my desk and forgot were he left at last. Finally with the "Play sound" I got it !. Last day I've realised the worth of "Find my iPhone" & today I found this cool article. Worthy !