Have you ever lost your cellphone?
Perhaps it was stolen and you didn’t realize? Nowadays, thanks to the
technology inside of smartphones, you can locate it, and even send a
message to whomever found it (or took it), asking them to return it and
not be a jerk.
This guide will show you how to do just that with your iPhone.
First, it’s recommended that you enable the “Find My iPhone” functionality on your device.
You can use Find My iPhone to locate your
device and take additional actions that can help you recover it and
keep your data secure. Sign in to
on a Mac or PC or use
the Find My iPhone app on another iOS device.
Locate your device. Open Find My iPhone,
and select a device to view its location on a map. If the device is
nearby, you can have it play a sound to help you or someone nearby find
Turn on Lost Mode. Using Lost Mode, you
can remotely lock your device with a four-digit passcode, display a
custom message with your phone number on your missing device's Lock
screen, and keep track of your device's location.
To prevent anyone else from accessing the
data on your missing device, you can erase it remotely. When you erase
your device, all of your information will be deleted from the device,
and you won't be able to locate it using Find My iPhone. After you erase
a device, you can't track it. If you remove the device from your
account after you erase it, Activation Lock will be turned off. This
allows another person to activate and use your device.
(If your device is turned off or is offline, once it’s back online, the lock/erase commands will activate automatically.)
If you didn't turn on Find My iPhone
before your device was lost or stolen, you can't use it to locate your
device. However, you can use these steps to help protect your data:
Change your Apple ID password: By
changing your Apple ID password you can prevent anyone from accessing
your iCloud data or using other services (such as iMessage or iTunes)
from your missing device.
Change the passwords for other internet accounts on your device. This could include email accounts, Facebook, or Twitter.
Report your lost or stolen device to
local law enforcement.) Law enforcement might request the serial number
of your device. Find your serial number on the original box or receipt
and on "My Support Profile" (
) if you registered your device with your Apple ID Erase your device.)
Report your lost or stolen device to your
wireless carrier. Your carrier can disable the account, preventing
phone calls, texts, and data use.