11 Replies Latest reply: Aug 16, 2013 8:16 AM by Michael Allbritton Branched to a new discussion.
1970Panell Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

find my phone


iPhone 4S
  • 1. Re: I WANT TO FIND MY IPHONE
    Winston Churchill Level 10 Level 10 (81,985 points)

    Welcome to the Apple Community.

     

    You can only locate your device when it is logged into iCloud and 'Find My Phone' is enabled, additionally the device will need to be switched on and connected to a wifi or cellular network.

     

    Unfortunately, you cannot activate iCloud or 'Find My Phone' remotely.

     

    If the device is wiped by you or another, you may not be able to locate the device (although some have reported they can)

  • 2. Re: I WANT TO FIND MY IPHONE
    KarenSelena Level 4 Level 4 (1,960 points)

    Do you have an iCloud account, and did you set up "Find my iPhone"? 

     

    Free "Find my iPhone" application - http://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/find-my-iphone/id376101648?mt=8.  Setting up "Find my iPhone" - http://support.apple.com/kb/PH2697. and http://support.apple.com/kb/PH2698?viewlocale=en_US. and http://www.apple.com/icloud/features/find-my-iphone.html.

  • 3. Re: I WANT TO FIND MY IPHONE
    DiFd Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Here's a quick video tutorial that is EXTREMELY helpful in helping you understand how this works and how to set it up: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVcoZmqGuOg

  • 4. Re: I WANT TO FIND MY IPHONE
    Dee J Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    If you lost your iphone changes getting it back a are most likely 0%, even if you have activated Find My iPhone app on iCloud., unless the Finder is a truly honest person, but in this world good luck! The Finder/Thief can just simply turn off the phone even though you have a password lock set. Hence, Find My iPhone is useless! And if the Finder/Thief is smart enough how to jailbreak your iPhone or any phone, you can kiss your phone good bye.

    I don't understand with all the smart ppl Apple has working for, why can't they implement iTunes to detect and recognize lost or stolen phones once reported to Apple by the serial number of iPhone once the Finder/Thief connects stolen device to iTunes? iTunes has the original registered owner of the iPhone in their system so why can't Apple program iTunes to put a block to that stolen phone to prevent Finder/Thief from syncing with iTunes at all, located ip address of Finder/Thief, and also send a pop up message on PC saying i.e. "Your are trying to connect a stolen iPhone"

    Apple consumers spend lots of money on their phone and accessories, why can't Apple assure their loyal customers with a better lost and find phone system? True that we have the option of buying insurance but still we have to pay partial of the new phone.

  • 5. Re: I WANT TO FIND MY IPHONE
    tattbratt Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    So true! Why have serial numbers, lockout, apps, etc. I only lost it yesterday, and it could only be a few places! I've now lost an $800 phone, we just activated a new account. It's a 5 with 64 Gs in a $50 Otterbox! My husband is not happy. I'm livid! I don't know what to do! It's only a phone, I've been told. People don't get it! Especially those without an Apple. Any suggestions?

  • 6. Re: I WANT TO FIND MY IPHONE
    tattbratt Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I set the app up and all my info is backed to iCloud. It's been lost since yesterday and the app keeps saying offline. Is there anything else you suggest?

  • 7. Re: I WANT TO FIND MY IPHONE
    Joacus Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    If you've lost your device, even if you have setup "find my iphone", the new user just have to go to settings / find my iphone / and turn it off BEFORE connecting to the Internet. In that case you won't be able to track, block or erase it.

    What a stupid useless software! When I found that out just after losing my iPad, I was shocked. This is, definitely, the last Apple device I will be buying.

  • 8. Re: I WANT TO FIND MY IPHONE
    Level10 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Yes

  • 9. Re: I WANT TO FIND MY IPHONE
    Michael Allbritton Level 6 Level 6 (16,710 points)

    Joacus wrote:

     

    If you've lost your device, even if you have setup "find my iphone", the new user just have to go to settings / find my iphone / and turn it off BEFORE connecting to the Internet. In that case you won't be able to track, block or erase it.

    What a stupid useless software! When I found that out just after losing my iPad, I was shocked. This is, definitely, the last Apple device I will be buying.

    That's why you set a password-lock on the device. So no one can get into the settings and change them. You should also have all your expensive electronics gear insured in case of loss or theft.

  • 10. Re: I WANT TO FIND MY IPHONE
    Joacus Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Do you know that (even if it's locked) you just have to connect the device to a computer and press the two buttons at the same time for 5 seconds to reset it all???

     

    I repeat, absolutely useless...

  • 11. Re: I WANT TO FIND MY IPHONE
    Michael Allbritton Level 6 Level 6 (16,710 points)

    Yes, that power-cycles the iPhone. It does not invalidate the password that has been set.