How to Use the 'Find my iPhone' App to Locate your Lost Phone?

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How to Use the 'Find my iPhone' App to Locate your Lost Phone?

For most of us, the worst thing that could happen is losing our iPhone. It’s not just losing the device that you spent all your savings on, but all the data that ends up in the wrong hands.

Would you believe if somebody told you that there is an easy way you can catch the thief of your phone or at least keep the data from being misused? One simple app can bring your lost or stolen iPhone back to you.

The 'Find My iPhone' app, which allows you to track your lost or stolen phone remotely, is what you need to download on your device. The best thing about this application is that it works with all Apple devices. Therefore, be it your iPhone, iPad, iPod or Mac that you have lost or has been stolen from you, this one application will reunite you with your gadget. While you can locate your device from virtually anywhere in the world, the one basic requirement is that your device needs to be connected to the internet.

What You Need

The first thing you need to locate your lost phone is an iCloud account. The second thing that you need is that 'Find My iPhone' app installed on your device. Just having the app on your smartphone won’t do the trick, you need to install it so you can access it remotely. In case you try to locate your Apple Watch, you need it to be paired with an iPhone, and if you are trying to find your lost AirPods, you need them to be out of the their case and near one of your iOS devices.

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How To Access It?

If all the conditions stated above are satisfied then you are in luck as you will be able to track your device. What you need to do next is go to icloud.com on a web browser and log in with the ID you used while setting up the 'Find My iPhone' app. Once signed in, click on 'Find iPhone' under the tools, and the app will start looking for it.

In case you have more than one device connected to the account, click “All Devices” at the top of the screen and select the one you are looking for. Henceforth, your located devices will appear as a green dot on the map. The other options you can choose are 'play sound,' which will help you find the phone if it’s somewhere close to you, 'lock the device,' 'erase' your data and much more.

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In case you are unable to locate your phone, it means that it is either out of battery, isn’t connected to the internet or has its Location service turned off. One important point you should note that 'Find My iPhone' app should be enabled on your device before you can track or access it remotely. To enable it on your device, go to Settings, tap on your Apple ID and click on iCloud. Locate 'Find My iPhone' in the list and click on enable.

So, what are you waiting for? Don’t waste time and set up the 'Find My iPhone' app on all your Apple devices right now. But before you go, spare a few seconds to share your views about the article and the application with us through comments below. 

If you have an interesting story about how you recovered your Apple gadget using the app, we would love to hear it.

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Android Device Manager

This app is fantastic. My friend's iPhone was stolen while we were at the gym. The thief put the phone on silent and disabled the network, but forgot to disconnect the Wi-Fi. The app helped us recover the phone as when we played the sound, he threw it away and ran. Though we couldn't catch him, having the phone back was good enough. I don't have an iPhone and have been using Android Device Manager for a while now. This application too has all the essential features one needs to recover the phone or keep the data secure. 

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