How to use “Find my iPhone” app to locate your smartphone

Our mobile phones are nothing short of a treasure trove of sensitive, private information. We have started relying a lot on our cellphones and store almost everything from pictures to videos, contact numbers and personal communications on these tiny devices. We never think about the fact that stealing or losing such tiny phones is always easy. This is why it is important to be aware of the steps you need to take in order to locate your phone. Apple users have the amazing option of Find My iPhone app.

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Finding your lost iPhone:

The Find My iPhone app is very useful as it can help you locate your phone regardless of the model or operating system. However, there are certain things you must consider prior to starting tracking your phone.

Firstly, it is important that your phone is switched on because otherwise, you won’t be able to get a correct idea about its current location. Also, to access remote lock or memory wipe-out options, you need the phone to be on. If the battery has run out or the phone is off, chances are that you will find it quite difficult to locate the phone. Then there is the necessity that your phone should be connected to the internet or iCloud is enabled on the phone. Internet connection enables GPS capabilities of the device, which ultimately inform you about the correct location of your phone.

1 Find my iPhone app is already loaded in all Apple phones having iOS9 or above if you use any previous version, do activate this app while performing phone set-up.

2 To use it, activate Find My iPhone app on another device which could be a mobile or iPad or any other Apple product. In case you are using Mac for locating your phone, log on to iCloud.com.

3 After logging into the app, click on All Devices. It will open a drop down menu. Now locate the device that you need to find.

4 After making the selection, the app will start searching for the device and pinpoint the accurate location of the chosen device on a map if the search is successful.

5 Now you will see three new options apart from the location; Play a Sound, Erase the Phone and Activate Lost Mode. If you have lost the phone somewhere inside your home or office, choose the option Play a Sound. Ti will let go an audio alarm and you will easily find the lost phone.

6 Lost Mode will enable a passcode to lock your device and will display a message personalized by you.

7 If you think that the find cannot be tracked or getting it back is not a choice anymore then erase the phone so that your personal data doesn’t get exploited.

Never wait for long when you lose your phone. You can easily find a lost Windows, Apple or Android phone with the expert tips mentioned in this article. Do check it out to learn more about how to locate stolen or lost phones.

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Written by Uzair Amir

I am an Electronic Engineer, an Android Game Developer and a Tech writer. I am into music, snooker and my life motto is 'Do my best, so that I can't blame myself for anything.'