What To Do If Your iDevice or Computer Is Lost Or Stolen
If your Mac, iPhone, iPod, iPod Touch, or iPad is lost or stolen what do you do? There are things you should do in advance - before you lose it or it's stolen - and some things to do after the fact. Here are some suggestions:
- Reporting a lost or stolen Apple product
- AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon can block stolen phones/tablets
- Lost or Stolen iPhone? Here’s What to do.
- 6 Ways to Track and Recover Your Lost/Stolen iPhone
- Find My iPhone
It pays to be proactive by following the advice on using Find My Phone before you lose your device:
- Find My iPhone
- Setup your iDevice on MobileMe
- OS X Lion- About Find My Mac
- How To Set Up Free Find Your iPhone (Even on Unsupported Devices)
Third-party solutions for computers:
Apple - iPhone 4S - Locate your missing iPhone with Find My iPhone - http://www.apple.com/iphone/built-in-apps/find-my-iphone.html and: iCloud: Find My iPhone overview - http://support.apple.com/kb/PH2696
Note that these features require you have the "Find My" activated before you lose the device, the device be turned on and able to connect to a registered wifi connection (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch) or data network (iPhone, iPad), and not having been restored by a finder of the device (if it was really stolen then the thief has probably restored it). If you have activated the "Find My" feature, go to https://www.icloud.com or use the Find My iPhone app - http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/find-my-iphone/id376101648?mt=8
Setting up iCloud (requires iOS5) - http://www.apple.com/icloud/setup/ios.html - includes activating the 'Find My' feature.
Frankly in the case of a stolen phone this almost never works. Report it to the police. Change passwords on accounts. Tell your carrier to stop service. Go shopping for a new phone.