Find My iPhone – Setup and Instructions

Find My iPhone

An easy guide on how to setup “Find my iPhone” or “Find my Mac”

Protect your phone from theft and loss

The Find My iPhone feature is a great way to protect your phone. I have used it many times. My iPhone normally turns up in the car or in the office.

There are 4 main features in Find my iphone

 

GPS Location

As soon as you enter Find my iPhone, you will see a map with the phyisical locations of all your apple devices

Play Sound

Play a sound from your phone to help locate it.

Lost Mode

Lock your phone and leave instructions for anyone who finds it to be able to return it.

Erase iPhone

If all else fails, you can erase your phone so that a thief cannot get hold of your personal data.

 

How to setup “Find my iPhone”

 

1) Setup Find my iPhone

First, you need to have an icloud account. This may have been configured when you first setup your iPhone, but often it get overlooked. Check by tapping the Settings icon and scrolling down to “iCloud”.

 

settings

 

If you do not have an iCloud account you will be prompted to set one up here. An iCloud account is recommended as it also is a great way to keep a live backup of all the data on your phone. Once you are logged in carry on to the next step

 

 

See Back up your iPhone or Mac

 

2) Turn Find my iPhone on

Tap “icloud” and scroll down to “Find my iPhone”

 

iCloud Settings

iCloud Settings

 

In the example, you can see that it is switched on. Tap “find my iPhone” to check the settings.

You will see the following screen:

 

Find My iPhone

 

Make sure the “find my iPhone” option is green. I also recommend you use the “Send Last Location” feature too.

3) test using Find my iPhone on the icloud website

The easest way to find your phone is through the find my iPhone feature on the iCloud website. You can also use the app from another iphone or ipad. You will need your icloud username and password for all of these options.

Head to www.icloud.com and log in with your iCloud login in details

 

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Click “Find my iPhone”

 

Find My iPhone

Find My iPhone

 

You will need to enter your password a second time, then you will see the GPS locations of your devices.

Click All devices in the top centre of the screen to bring up the list of your devices and select the one you wish to find.

 

map

 

From here you can select your iPhone and test by clicking “Play Sound”

 

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For more advice on using your Mac and iPhone, check out my blog www.mac-ops.co.nz/Blog, follow us on Facebook Google+ or Twitter

For phone repairs and Mac and iPhone training call (03) 4282911 or visit out site www.mac-ops.co.nz

2 Comments

  1. Does this work if phone is turned off

    Reply
    • Hi Justin,

      The GPS feature does not work with the phone turned off.
      However, if you turn the “Send Last Location” feature on in the instructions above, the phone will send you its last location before going flat.
      If the phone is stolen you can set it to lost mode while it is turned off and then as soon as the phone is turned back on, it will lock and broadcast its location.

      Ben

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