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Lost iphone

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Apr 2, 2013 2:00 PM



Yesterday I lost my iphone 5 which I bought 3 months back... I filled a police complaint, but i am not very hopeful with them. As Indian police will never make a move to find a cell phone.


Anyways, Fortunately the "find my iphone" app was there in the phone and the location services were enabled with data. I tried to find it out from portal but cell seems to be offline. And on calling the cell it is switched off.


The only thing which I did not do in my iphone was to set a passcode. I am not sure how does the app behaves if some one restarts the phone. Is it possible for the thief to erase all data despite the app being active on the phone? Is it possible for the thief to use the phone by reseting it to factory setting without me getting location of the phone?


I saw in one of the youtube tutorials that the phone will switch on and it ill try to find the data network, and if it finds data then it will send me intimation and blocks the cell. however, what is the scenario if the thief dont use the data and put on the phone? Or if he uses a SIM that does not have data connection?


Can they reuse my phone. Can I do anything to prevent them using my iphone. I am trying to get my phone's IMEI number on tracking but dont know if it works before they reprogram my cell.( if at all they have so much brain).


Please share your comments, views and suggestions and let me know the answers to the questions which I have asked.



Abhishek Sinha

iPhone 5, iOS 6.1.3
  • razmee209 Level 7 Level 7 (21,310 points)
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    Apr 2, 2013 2:02 PM (in response to sayhi2sinha)

    Yes they can erase your data and yes they can restore it to factory settings.


    You should contact your phone carrier and report your phone.


    also I would change all of your passwords.

  • razmee209 Level 7 Level 7 (21,310 points)
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    Apr 2, 2013 2:14 PM (in response to sayhi2sinha)

    No.  Just like having an alarm on your car or home it can still be bypassed.


    Find my phone is primarily used to find lost phone i.e. like in your house/work etc.


    Not a prevention from lost or stolen phones.


    Not sure why you didn't have a passcode set to it.

  • razmee209 Level 7 Level 7 (21,310 points)
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    Apr 2, 2013 2:25 PM (in response to sayhi2sinha)

    YOu can send your feedback here to apple


    There is no full proof protection for you iphone, just like anything else as I reference to having an alarm to your car.  The thiefs can still bypass it and take your car.  Same as an alarm to your house, thiefs can disable it and still get into your house.

  • razmee209 Level 7 Level 7 (21,310 points)
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    Apr 2, 2013 2:35 PM (in response to sayhi2sinha)

    Sorry your phone got stolen, best of luck to you.  Hopefully the police can recover your phone.


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