What is Find My iPhone? Find My iPhone can helping locate and protect your iPhone/iPad/iPod touch/Apple Watch/AirPods & Mac if ever lost or stolen. So with Find My iPhone you can do:
1. Locate your device with Find My iPhone
You can find the approximate location of iPhone/iPad/iPod touch/Apple Watch/AirPods & Mac using Find My iPhone:
- After set up Find My iPhone on iOS device or Mac you want to locate.
- After Apple Watch is paired with an iPhone.
- When iOS device, Apple Watch, or Mac is online.
- When AirPods are out of their case and near one with your iOS devices. Any of your iOS devices can find the AirPods, but they must be paired with at least one of your iOS devices. If a device is online, a green dot appears beside the device in the My Devices list.
How to locate your device with Find My iPhone
- You need click All Devices in the list, that dot next to the device indicates of status:
- Green dot means it’s online. If the device can be located, you also see the time it was last located.
- Gray dot means it’s offline (turned off or not connected to a network). AirPods are offline if they’re out of battery life, in their case, or out of range of any of your iOS devices. If the device was recently online, you see the time it was last located. If the device has been offline for over 24 hours, you see “Offline.”
- Next, click the device you want to locate.
- When device is online and can be located, its approximate location is shown on the map. See example picture.Note: If your AirPods are separated from each other, you see only one location at a time on the map. First, find the one shown on the map and put it in the case. Then refresh the map and find the other one.
- But if Find My iPhone can’t locate the device, the last known location is displayed for up to 24 hours. Click “Notify me when found” to get an email when it comes online.
- You can doing any of the following:
- Update the location: Click the green dot on the map then click Refresh.
- Move the map: Drag it.
- Zoom in: Click the Zoom In button (+).
- Zoom out: Click the Zoom Out button (-).
- Change the map view: Click the current view in the bottom-right corner, then click the view you want (Satellite, Hybrid, or Standard).
Other ways, you can also use a different iOS device to locate your missing device. Learn more information, open Find My iPhone > Help > “Locate your device.”
Note: Maps and location information depend on data collection services provided by third parties. These services are subject to change and may not be available in all geographic areas, resulting in inaccurate or incomplete maps or location information.
2. Play a sound on a device with Find My iPhone
Play a sound on it to help you find your device. Because the sound can plays even if the device is in silent mode or the volume is muted.
How to Play a sound on iPhone/iPad/iPod touch
- Click All Devices then select the device you want to play a sound on.
- Click Play Sound.
- If you can find your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch and want to turn off the sound before it stops automatically, so:
- Press the power button or a volume button, or flip the Ring/Silent switch.
- If the device is locked, unlock it, or swipe to dismiss the Find My [device] alert.
- If the device is unlocked, tap OK in the Find My [device] alert.
How to Play a sound on Apple Watch
- Click All Devices then select the Apple Watch you want to play a sound on.
- Click Play Sound.
- If you can find your Apple Watch and want to turn off the sound before it stops automatically, tap Dismiss in the Find My Watch alert, or press the Digital Crown or side button.
How to Play a sound on Mac
- Click All Devices then select the Mac you want to play a sound on.
- Click Play Sound.
- If you can find your Mac and want to turn off the sound before it stops automatically, click OK in the Find My Mac alert.
How to Play a sound on AirPods
- Click All Devices then select the AirPods you want to play a sound on.
- Click Play Sound.
- When your AirPods are separated, tap Mute Left or Mute Right to find them one at a time.
- Then after you find your AirPods, tap Stop Playing.
OK, after the sound plays, a confirmation email is sent to your Apple ID email address. You can also use a different iOS device to play a sound on your missing device. Learn more information, open Find My iPhone > Help > “Play a sound.”
3. Lock and track your device using Lost Mode in Find My iPhone
Lost Mode locks your iPhone/iPad/iPod touch/Apple Watch/AirPods & Mac so that others can’t access your personal information. And it also tracks any changes to the location of your iOS device or Apple Watch.
How to Turn on Lost Mode or lock a device
- Click All Devices then select the device you want to put into Lost Mode or lock.
- Click Lost Mode or Lock.
- Next follow the onscreen instructions, keeping the following in mind:
- Passcode: If your iOS device or Apple Watch has a passcode, it’s required to unlock the device. Otherwise, you’re asked to create a passcode now. If you’re locking a Mac, you must create a numerical passcode, even if you already have a password enabled on your Mac. This passcode is distinct from your password and is only used when you lock your Mac with Find My iPhone.
- Family Sharing: If you’re trying to place a family member’s iOS device in Lost Mode, and the device doesn’t have a passcode set, that person’s Apple ID password must be entered on this computer. If you’re trying to lock a family member’s Mac, that person’s Apple ID password must be entered on this computer.
- Contact information: If you’re asked to enter a phone number, enter a number where you can be reached. If you’re asked to enter a message, you may want to indicate that the device is lost or how to contact you. The number and message appear on the device’s Lock screen.
Note: Are you forget the passcode? if you set an EFI firmware password on your Mac before it was lost, then lock it and later find it, you may need to take it to an authorized repair center to unlock it.
See also: Forgot My Apple ID Password
How to Track your device in Lost Mode
Using Lost Mode when tracking begins, can see your device’s current location, as well as any changes in its location on the map.
Note: You can’t use Lost Mode to track a Mac or an iOS 5 device.
- If your device is online when you put it in Lost Mode or lock it, it locks and tracking begins (if applicable). If Location Services is turned off on the device, it’s temporarily turned on to track your device’s location. A confirmation email is sent to your Apple ID email address.
- If your device is offline, the passcode lock and tracking (if applicable) take effect the next time it’s online.
How to Turn off Lost Mode or change your contact info
To turn off Lost Mode or unlock your device you need entering the passcode on the device.
For a Mac, use the numeric passcode you set up when you locked your Mac.
For Apple Watch or an iOS device, you can also follow the steps below to change the contact information displayed on your lost device or disable Lost Mode.
Note: If you had any cards suspended when you put your device in Lost Mode (credit or debit cards for Apple Pay, or student ID cards or Express Transit cards), when you turn off Lost Mode and sign back in to iCloud, you can use them again.
- Click All Devices then select the device that’s in Lost Mode.
- Click Lost Mode then change the information or click Stop Lost Mode.
How to Recover the passcode to unlock your Mac
- Click All Devices then select the Mac that’s locked.
- Click Unlock then follow the onscreen instructions to verify your identity with your Apple ID password.
- Once you have your passcode, enter it on your Mac.
You can also use a different iOS device to turn on Lost Mode on your missing device. Learn more information, open Find My iPhone > Help > “Use Lost Mode.”
4. Erase your device with Find My iPhone
Remotely erase a device? don’t worry, Activation Lock remains on to protect it and your Apple ID and password are required to reactivate the device.
So before erase your device, try to locate it or play a sound on it. Because after you erase it, you can’t use Find My iPhone to do either. But you can still locate your Mac or Apple Watch if it’s near a previously used Wi-Fi network.
How to erase your device or a family member’s device
- Click All Devices then select the device you want to erase.
- In the device’s Info window, click Erase [device].
- To erase:
- For iOS device/Apple Watch: First, enter your Apple ID password or your family member’s Apple ID password. If you’re not using a trusted browser, answer your security questions or enter the verification code that is sent to your other devices. And if you’re using your own computer and want to skip the verification step in the future, click Trust. If you’re using a friend’s computer, click Don’t Trust. If the device you’re erasing has iOS 8 or later, enter a phone number and message.
- For Mac: You need enter your Apple ID password or your family member’s Apple ID password. If you’re not using a trusted browser, answer your security questions or enter the verification code that is sent to your other devices. If you’re using your own computer and want to skip the verification step in the future, click Trust. If you’re using a friend’s computer, click Don’t Trust. Enter a passcode to lock the Mac (you need to use the passcode to unlock it), then enter a message.
Also, you can use a different iOS device to erase your missing device. Learn more information, open Find My iPhone > Help > “Erase your device.”
5. Find My iPhone Activation Lock
Activation Lock will helps you keep your device secure, even if it’s in the wrong hands, and can improve your chances of recovering it. Even if you erase your device remotely, Activation Lock can continue to deter anyone from reactivating your device without your permission. And all you need to do is keep Find My iPhone turned on, and remember your Apple ID and password. And with watchOS 2 and later, you can use Activation Lock to protect your Apple Watch too.
Set up Find My iPhone/iPad/iPod touch/Apple Watch/AirPods
- Start at your Home screen.
- Tap Settings > [your name] > iCloud. But if you’re using iOS 10.2 or earlier, go to Settings > iCloud.
- Scroll to the bottom > tap Find My iPhone.
- Slide to turn on Find My iPhone > Send Last Location.
Set up Find My Mac
- Go to the Apple menu.
- Click System Preferences > iCloud.
- Check the box to turn on Find My Mac.
Note: If you see a Details button next to Find My Mac, click Details > Open Security & Privacy > Enable Location Services. Then if Enable Location Services is dimmed in Security & Privacy preferences, click (Lock icon) then enter the name and password of the computer administrator.