4 Replies Latest reply: Nov 10, 2013 9:01 AM by Lawrence Finch
ManyJs Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Lessons from my lost iPhone. Despite having a pin to unlock the iPhone, you can simply power off the phone with a long press of the power button. Which means that if your phone is stolen and the thief is smart enough to turn it off (is there one who isn't?), 'Find my phone' is virtually useless!
Also, you can use Siri on a locked phone to make phone calls and send messages. There are also enough tips available on the internet that show you how to use Siri to unlock the phone, making all your photos, emails and other information available to anyone keen enough to find it.
I've written to Apple to tell them that a phone lock should really do what it says - LOCK the phone! If you own an iPhone and would like the same please write to Apple at http://www.apple.com/feedback/iphone.html
Perhaps when enough people write they'll actually take some notice!

iPhone 5, iOS 7.0.3
  • 1. Re: Did you know that if your phone is stolen, Find my Phone is useless?
    pdroth Level 5 Level 5 (5,070 points)

    Yes, if the device is powered off then find my phone won't work.    Ever hear of a battery dying out?   That would turn the phone off also.    It's not apple's faiult your phone was stolen.   Up until a few years ago find my phone didn't even exist.    And many people today don't even activate it if you can believe that.

     

    Sorry for your loss.

  • 2. Re: Did you know that if your phone is stolen, Find my Phone is useless?
    Lawrence Finch Level 7 Level 7 (25,935 points)

    Also, having Siri active when the phone is locked is a OPTION that you can turn off.

  • 3. Re: Did you know that if your phone is stolen, Find my Phone is useless?
    ManyJs Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Its not Aplle's fault - its mine. But all I'm suggesting is a feature that allows you to turn off 'power off' while the phone is locked. The reason I have a pin to unlock the phone is so that only I can operate it! Just like I can turn off Siri as Finch suggests, I'd like the option to turn off powering off. At least I'll have until my battery dies to use Find my phone!

  • 4. Re: Did you know that if your phone is stolen, Find my Phone is useless?
    Lawrence Finch Level 7 Level 7 (25,935 points)

    This subject is discussed fairly frequently. Find my iPhone is not useful unless a particularly ignorant thief takes it. It's primary use is to find lost phones, not stolen. Requiring a passcode to turn it off eliminates one way a thief can disable Find my iPhone, but it isn't the only one, and probably isn't the one used by most professional thieves. Among other ways to disable Find my iPhone:

    • Remove the SIM
    • Wrap in aluminum foil
    • Drop in a shoplifter's bag or backpack with its Faraday shield (copper mesh or foil lining)
    • Restore the phone from DFU mode

     

    The Activation Lock feature, which prevents a stolen phone from ever being used again, except by the rightful owner, is the more valuable deterrent against theft. Once word gets around that a stolen iPhone is useless the market value of stolen phones will drop precipitously, and thieves will switch to stealing Android phones.