1 Reply Latest reply: Nov 9, 2012 10:32 PM by randers4
jenkinsk1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Can a lost Iphone 5 be tracked if its offline with no wifi and can they get into the phone even if the phone has been suspended from my phone carrier? And if i erase it from find my phone app will that erase all the photo stream photos i have on there?? Thanks if you can help me i only had it for a week and its gone...


iPhone 5, iOS 6, White iphone5 stolen in nephilly.
  • randers4 Level 9 Level 9 (62,590 points)

    The phone can only be tracked when it is connected to the internet, either by wifi or your cellular data network, and only if you have set up iCloud and Find My iPhone on the phone before losing it.  I don't believe erasing the phone will delete your photo stream, which should remain in iCloud along with your other iCloud data.  If your carrier blacklists the phone from their network, a theif could probably still jailbreak it to unlock it so it would work on another carrier's network.  If you erase the phone, it will erase all your data and settings so it could no longer be tracked.  This is something you do if you're pretty sure you aren't going to get it back and/or you are more concerned about someone gaining access to your data than you are getting it back.  Of course, the remote erase command can also only be executed when the phone is connected to the internet; if it is never online again, the phone won't be erased.  There is more information on this here: http://help.apple.com/icloud/#mmfc0ef36f.