7 Replies Latest reply: Aug 18, 2011 10:53 AM by paulcb
adcx64 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
I restored my old iPad before I sold it, but it still shows up in find my iPad, but it cannot be located... Is find my iPad still on it?

iPad 2, iOS 4, White 16GB WiFi
  • deggie Level 8 Level 8 (47,585 points)
    No, restoring it to factory defaults removes it. If you restored from backup though it is still on there, along with all of your other information.
  • wmduarte Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi Deggie, it doesn't seem very wise from apple... if stollen, i'Il expect the first thing a thief would do is to restore the iPad back to its factory defauts, and then, what good is the findmyiPad for?

     

    Do you know if other security apps such as gadgettrak still may track your iPads (or iPhone, macbooks etc...) after OS restoring?

  • paulcb Level 6 Level 6 (19,075 points)

    Do you know if other security apps such as gadgettrak still may track your iPads (or iPhone, macbooks etc...) after OS restoring?

    That wouldn't be possible with an app.  If restored as new, the deivce is wiped completely and restored to 'factory fresh', thus there are no apps on it.  That function would have to be built into the iOS.

     

    Find my iPhone is very handy but like most things, it is not perfect.  It is better than nothing though.

  • wmduarte Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi paulcb, although apps are wiped during the restore process, the serial number, m.a.c. addresses, and other hardware-related identifications remain... and as any iPad (or iPhone) regularly logs into Apple's servers I've just assumed it'd be possible to restore the findmyipad functions to its "locatable" state automatically. Well... just an idea from whom lost an iPad last Saterday .

  • paulcb Level 6 Level 6 (19,075 points)

    I agree with you that it's possible but as I said earlier, it can't be done with a 3rd party app or even an Apple feature that's not part of the basic iOS, i.e. it must be built into the iOS so it can't be wiped.

     

    Bummer that you lost your iPad.  Perhaps the credit card you purchased it with covers loss?

  • wmduarte Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    About the insurance, that's to whole point of my desapointment... I was offered to buy insurance at the time of purchase but instead, I bought gadgetrak maybe naively assuming that gadgettrak and MobileMe could help me finding the iPad in the case it was lost or stolen. So far, not a trace of my iPad.

     

    Anyway, super thks for the idea, I'll check with my credit card

  • paulcb Level 6 Level 6 (19,075 points)

    FWIW, you were probably offered to buy AppleCare which extends your 1 year warranty an additional year for a total of 2 years.  This is not insurance and would not cover loss, theft or user damage.  It only covers manufacturers defects.