Lost your iPhone? Not sure how to find it or erase its data before it falls into the hands of a bad person? Apple’s Find My iPhone feature is easy to use and helpful in case your iPhone gets lost. It allows you to view the location of your lost or stolen iPhone, play a sound on the phone to help you find it or alert others nearby, mark the iPhone as lost to remotely lock it to protect data, and erase all data on it if necessary.
To enable all the features mentioned above, you must activate Find My on your iPhone first.
How to enable Find My iPhone
Click on the Apple ID menu. This is the first tab you’ll see on the Settings screen, just below the search bar.
Click on find me option. This should be the third option after iCloud Y Media and purchases.
Click on Find my iphone option. Activate the options for Find my iphone, Find my network (to locate your iPhone even if it is offline), and Send last location (Automatically sends your iPhone’s location to Apple when the battery is critically low).
Once you are done, you are ready to find your iPhone in case it gets lost. To find the location of your lost iPhone or erase data, log in to icloud.com/find.
How to see a lost iPhone on a map
In the link above, once you log in with your Apple ID and password through any browser, it should automatically start locating your iPhone.
In a few seconds, your iPhone’s location should appear on a map on the screen.
- If the device is located in an unfamiliar area, readers are cautioned not to attempt to retrieve their iPhone themselves and instead contact the police, who may request the serial number or IMEI code of their device. . Here is how find the serial number of your device.
How to play a sound on your lost iPhone
Once you have located your phone, you will be able to see a All devices at the top of the map. Click on it.
From the drop-down menu, select your lost iPhone model (your assigned phone name should appear here).
Now, a floating box should appear in the upper right corner of the screen. This should show a photo of your iPhone, the name of the phone, the remaining battery, etc.
Click on the Play sound button. This will make your iPhone vibrate and beep that gradually gets louder regardless of whether your phone is in silent mode or not. This feature is particularly useful when you misplace your iPhone in a nearby room or location and cannot see where it has been stored. You can follow the beep and find it. You will need to unlock your phone to stop the sound.
How to mark your iPhone as lost
From the floating window, click the Lost mode button.
You will be asked to enter an optional phone number where you can be reached. This number will show up on your lost iPhone. You will also be asked to enter a custom message that will also appear on your iPhone. Please note that these steps are optional. Lost Mode will automatically lock your iPhone with a passcode to ensure that all the data on it is kept safe.
How to erase data on your lost iPhone
From the floating window, click the Delete iphone button.
A pop-up message will ask for your confirmation. Note that allowing this will remove all content and settings from your iPhone. An erased iPhone cannot be tracked or located.