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how to get your stolen  iPhone 5 BACK ?

735 Views 5 Replies Latest reply: Nov 13, 2013 12:54 PM by varjak paw RSS
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Nov 13, 2013 11:45 AM

SOMEONE please tell me how to get my iPhone 5 BACK. Somebody stole it during school. phones been truned off. i need help ASAP. i JUST WANT my phone back. Or how to find it , could the plioce help me by the serieal number ?

iPhone 5, iOS 7
  • Allan Eckert Level 8 Level 8 (39,320 points)
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    Nov 13, 2013 11:48 AM (in response to AlfredJB09)

    If it is off then you can't use the web to locate it. The only alternative is to start looking for it like anything else you have ever lost.


    If you activated Find My iPhone and seeing as how it is running iOS 7 that activates Activation Lock which means that it can't be used by anyone that doesn't know your Apple ID and password. So it will be a brick for them and totally worthless.


    You should report it to the police and your carrier. The police will not be able to find it by the serial number.



  • paulcb Level 6 Level 6 (18,635 points)
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    Nov 13, 2013 11:52 AM (in response to AlfredJB09)

    The only way to find a lost iOS device is to use the Find my iPhone app or  For this to work, you have to enable this feature (Settings > iCloud) on the lost device prior to loss.  If you didn't do this, there is no way to find it.  Also, if the device is turned off, there's no way to find it.  Neither Apple nor your carrier will find it for you.


    Setup Find my iPhone:


    Here's a good tip from Kappy on what to do if you device is lost or stolen:


    Good luck.

  • pdroth Level 5 Level 5 (4,765 points)
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    Nov 13, 2013 11:53 AM (in response to AlfredJB09)

    No one is going to be able to use your phone.   I hope they just decide to turn it in to your school.

  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (166,910 points)
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    Nov 13, 2013 12:54 PM (in response to AlfredJB09)

    Allan is correct; if you set up Find My iPhone in iOS 7, then even if the iPhone is erased the thief still can't use it without having your Apple ID and password. If anyone's found a way to crack Activation Lock yet, it hasn't been reported in any of the media that I've seen, though of course no system can be absolutely foolproof.




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