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how to track a stolen ipod touch

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amber fr omg a Calculating status...
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i need help in finding my missing ipod touch

  • Michael Black Level 6 Level 6 (17,835 points)
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    Feb 3, 2012 8:28 AM (in response to amber fr omg a)

    If you set up an iCloud account on it, and then enabled the "find-my-iPod" setting under that account's settings, BEFORE it was lost, then you can track it by logging into your iCloud account in a web browser.  Otherwise, there is no way to track it.

     

    Even if the find setting was enabled, the device needs to be on and connected to a data connection to work (ie. it needs a data connection for the iCloud servers to communicate with it and for it to send them it's location information).

  • museofitall Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Feb 3, 2012 8:35 AM (in response to Michael Black)

    If you had Mackeeper installed you would be able to track it. Report it stolen through Mackeeper Anti-theft and it would be located when it went online. Great program. Highly reccomend the program.

  • Michael Black Level 6 Level 6 (17,835 points)
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    Feb 3, 2012 8:59 AM (in response to museofitall)

    museofitall wrote:

     

    If you had Mackeeper installed you would be able to track it. Report it stolen through Mackeeper Anti-theft and it would be located when it went online. Great program. Highly reccomend the program.

    err, isn't Mackeeper a computer program only, not a mobile device app?  And even if it were available for a mobile device like the iPod Touch, it suffers from exactly the same limitations as Apple's own find-my-iPod.  All a theif needs do is plug the iPod into iTunes, restore as new, and everything previously installed and set up on the device is wiped out.

     

    Relying on any remote tracking software that requires a data connection is weak security at best.  Even a Mac computer can have the hard drive reformatted and the OS reinstalled if stolen by someone intent on resale, destroying any such tracking software.  With the device in someone elses hands, relying on any software solution to find the device is flawed, as there is almost always going to be a simple way to circumvent the online tracking feature.

  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (166,920 points)
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    Feb 3, 2012 9:18 AM (in response to museofitall)

    MacKeeper will do nothing for an iOS device. It's a Mac OS X program, as Michael indicated.

  • leahhhs Calculating status...
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    Feb 10, 2012 11:34 PM (in response to Michael Black)

    Will I still be able to track my stolen itouch if I did not activiate my icloud?

  • Michael Black Level 6 Level 6 (17,835 points)
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    Feb 13, 2012 4:58 AM (in response to leahhhs)

    No, the find-my device is a feature of iCloud.  You must have set up an iCloud account on your lost device, and then enabled the find setting under that account's settings for the system to work at all.  No iCloud account on the device means no find-my-phone could possible be enabeld on it.

  • museofitall Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Mar 31, 2012 2:05 AM (in response to Michael Black)

    Hi Michael, it doesn't matter what the thief does to the computer. One snapshot and it is located. the tracking works perfectly under every circumstance you mentioned. The only way they can not get caught is to erase the Serial Number and that is impossible.

  • museofitall Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Mar 31, 2012 2:08 AM (in response to Michael Black)

    Mackeeper is the ticket and you can't beat the price and it has more features and is upgrading all the time. Anyone who doesn't have it should get it. ICloud will keep costing and costing. Soon MacKeeper will be offering storage and more. 24/7 support best software ever for security, anti-virus, cleaning, uninstalling and the list goes on and on.................

    Michael Black wrote:

     

    No, the find-my device is a feature of iCloud.  You must have set up an iCloud account on your lost device, and then enabled the find setting under that account's settings for the system to work at all.  No iCloud account on the device means no find-my-phone could possible be enabeld on it.

  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (166,920 points)
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    Apr 2, 2012 7:15 AM (in response to museofitall)

    Nonsense. All the thief has to do is erase the system prior to the attempt to locate the device and the ability to track it is disabled. Even if it's located once, that's limited to the range of the WiFi router (which is all that is actually located, in the case of a Mac or iOS device without 3G and GPS) which most police departments do not consider sufficient evidence for a search warrant.

  • Omarzzzz Calculating status...
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    Nov 14, 2012 6:25 PM (in response to amber fr omg a)

    Hi need help i had my ipod touch stolen also. But the difference here i did have a icloud account.m

    I did manage to find it thru find iphone but later.

    They manage to swipe everything and now i cannot find it it is not showing in find iphone.

    Aslo i have the serial number.

    Any suggestions.

    Thanks.

  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (166,920 points)
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    Nov 15, 2012 7:30 AM (in response to Omarzzzz)

    There's nothing further you can do. Notify the police.

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