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Question: Hi, my Macbook pro was stolen a few months ago. I requested an 'erase when online'. I just found the serial number, is it possible to use it to locate it?

Hi, my Macbook pro was stolen a few months ago. I requested an 'erase when online'. I just found the serial number, is it possible to use it to locate it?

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.5)

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Assuming you reported the loss to the police, you can now add that info as further help. You cannot use the serial number other than to prove a found item is the one lost. Apple do not provide a location service for machines or individuals.

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Dec 15, 2017 3:46 AM in response to Randirand In response to Randirand

Assuming you reported the loss to the police, you can now add that info as further help. You cannot use the serial number other than to prove a found item is the one lost. Apple do not provide a location service for machines or individuals.

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Dec 15, 2017 3:50 AM in response to seventy one In response to seventy one

Can I ask you another question? Think I should keep the 'Erase when online' and 'notify me' requests. I removed it from my list of iCloud devices and changed my apple id password. Not sure if what I did was the right thing to render my macbook pro completely useless to anyone attempting to use it.

Thank you.

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Dec 15, 2017 3:51 AM in response to Randirand In response to Randirand

I replied within 10 minutes of its appearance. I guess you posted a second (or third 😀) time.


But seriously, we are all volunteers here; a reply is never guaranteed because it depends on who is looking in at the time and what interests they have in the subject matter. I am surprised yours took so long, though; it was pretty basic. Thank you for the star.

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Dec 15, 2017 3:59 AM in response to Randirand In response to Randirand

You should of put a code lock on that MacBook Pro because it will add a password code to the firmware and making it a brick for the person who stole it meaning it would be a useless laptop even I if they take the hardrive out still the drive will not be access through another Mac computer you should of left it notify that way it will be still traceable

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Question: Hi, my Macbook pro was stolen a few months ago. I requested an 'erase when online'. I just found the serial number, is it possible to use it to locate it?