I’ve lost my iPhone

Mac Format - - TO THE RESCUE -

There are two as­pects to con­sider when you lose your iPhone or if it’s stolen. The first is the re­cov­ery of the de­vice; the sec­ond, the se­cu­rity of your data. Us­ing the lock screen with a code or pass­word (and Touch ID if you have an iPhone 5s) will make it dif­fi­cult for a thief to ac­cess the im­por­tant stuff.

Switch ‘Find My iPhone’ on now in Set­tings if you have an iCloud ac­count. If you don’t, cre­ate one and switch Find My iPhone on. If you’re us­ing iOS 7 or later, this also switches on Ac­ti­va­tion Lock to pre­vent any­one turn­ing off Find My iPhone or wip­ing your iPhone with­out en­ter­ing your Ap­ple ID and pass­word.

Log into icloud.com on a Mac and se­lect Find My iPhone, or use the Find My iPhone app on an­other iOS de­vice.

When you launch the app you’ll see your de­vices listed. Tap the one you want to find. You’ll be shown a map with the de­vice on it (if Find My iPhone can lo­cate it). To see the lo­ca­tion in Maps and get di­rec­tions, tap the car icon at the top-right of the screen. If you sus­pect it’s been stolen, in­form the po­lice and take a screen grab (Home and Sleep/ wake but­tons to­gether) of the lo­ca­tion.

To lock your de­vice or send a mes­sage to it, tap in the mid­dle of the map and tap Lost Mode at the bot­tom of the screen. From here you can lock the de­vice with a pass­code, send an au­dio tone to it, or send a mes­sage to dis­play on the screen. Send a mes­sage ask­ing for its re­turn and in­clude a con­tact num­ber. You’ll get emails from Ap­ple con­firm­ing the ac­tion you’ve taken.

Find My iPhone is a great fea­ture that can turn up some in­ter­est­ing info about the lo­ca­tion of your lost iPhone.

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