We want to share with you some tips and tricks that will help you to find your phone.
Don’t be too worried, if you lost your phone and don’t think that someone could disconnect your device from “iCloud”, turn off “Find My iPhone” or erase your device. If you’re on iOS7 or a later version, a feature called “Activation Lock” will prevent anyone from doing any of the mentioned things without your Apple ID password.
Here’s what you need to do:
1. Login to iCloud and start “Find My iPhone”
Head over to icloud.com and log in using your Apple ID.
In case you land on iCloud’s two-step authentication screen, which helps you to insert a code which was sent to your apple devices, you don’t have to necessarily enter that code.
What you should do is to click on the “Find My iPhone” quick access link on the bottom. This should direct you right into “Find My iPhone’s” map interface.
If you weren’t shown the two-step authentication, then you should see your “iCloud” dashboard after signing in. Click on the “Find My iPhone” icon, which is the first one in the second row. Now you should see the “Find My iPhone” interface, including a map.
2. Choose your lost device and start the tracking process
Click on the “All Devices” menu on the top bar and select your missing device.
The tracking of your device will now start.
If it is done successfully, you should be able to see its location on the map.
Now you have the option to trigger an acoustic signal, activate “Lost Mode” or erase all data.
Depending on several factors, this can take a while. Also, use the erase option as a last resort, since “Find My iPhone” won’t work anymore on your device afterwards.
Activating “Lost Mode” will lock your device with a password and display a message of your choice together with a phone number, so that a nice soul hopefully contacts you to give your iPhone back into your hands. The “Lost Mode” has the nifty ability to enable location services on your iPhone, in case it’s deactivated. So no need to freak out if you realized that you turned it off. It will stay enabled as long as your device is in “Lost Mode”.
This is basically all you have to do to track your lost Apple device. Please keep in mind that your lost device needs to be turned on and somehow connected to the internet. If mobile data is turned off and it’s not connected to Wi-Fi, you won’t be able to track it using “Find My iPhone”. Your only hope is to wait and hope that the thief or someone, who found it, connects to the web.
Thankfully, you don’t need to stay inside of iCloud and hit refresh all the time. If your device is offline, you can let Apple notify you once it’s back online.
That’s it. If you know any other method, share it in the comments section below.