Find My iPhone was available for free for some devices. With the release of iCloud in October 2011, the service became free for all iCloud users, in the same period Find my iPhone had support the ability to request an email when a device is located.
Steve Jobs introducing iCloud.
After the added of lost mode and battery charge indicator in ios 6 in 2012, Find my iPhone in 2013 has come with a new design in line with iOS 7 style and also with a new feature called Activation Lock, which is designed to prevent anyone else from using your iPhone (iPad, or iPod touch) if you ever lose it.
Find My iPhone (iPad, iPod, and mac) allows user to lacate their lost or stolen device. We've read countless stories about Find My iPhone and how it has helped police recover a stolen iOS device.
How to set up Find My iPhone
On your iPhone’s Home screen, tap Settings, then tap iCloud (if you’re asked to sign in, enter your Apple ID. If you don’t have one, tap Get a Free Apple ID, then follow the instructions.) and scroll down within iCloud section until you see Find My iPhone, switch it on if it isn’t already.
How to use Find My iPhone to locate your iPhone and protect your personal data
1-Attempt to locate your iPhone’s location
Head to the nearest computer and log into iCloud.com by using your Apple ID information.
You can also use another iOS device to locate your iPhone in this situation you will be need to install free Find my iPhone app.
- We can use the map navigation controls in the upper-left corner to move the map or zoom in or out, and also we can drag the map to move it around.
- If you want to update a location, click the green dot on the map, then click the refresh button.
2- Put the device in Lost ModeIf you can't find your device, use Lost Mode right away, this will allow you to remotely lock the device's screen with a passcode that will prevent anyone from using your device or accessing your personal data.
- Set a passcode, if you hadn’t already.
- Display a custom message on the device, with your contact details and other info.
If Locations Services were disabled on your device, enabling Lost Mode will automatically turn it on again.
Usually a confirmation email is sent to your Apple ID email address. But if your device is offline, the passcode lock and tracking take effect the next time it’s online.
3- Erase your iPhoneStolen iPhone is bad, but access to your passwords is even worse, and in addition to your personal information like photos, email, ect. In this situation wipe these data remotely become a favorete option.
To erase your Device, click the Erase button. There, you'll see a warning.
Click the box that says you understand what you're doing and click the Erase button. This will ensure that none of your personal information gets revealed.
If you get your device, you can restore the information on the device using iCloud Backup or iTunes.
4-Report the lost or stolen iPhone to your carrierIf you don’t expect to find your iPhone you should contact your wireless service provider to suspend service and prevent unauthorised use, so you aren’t responsible for phone calls or other charges (the thief could put the SIM in another phone).
5- Report lost or stolen to local law enforcementReport your lost or stolen device to local law enforcement. Apple doesn't track or flag lost or stolen products. Law enforcement usually requires the IMEI number of your iPhone, which you can find on your device box. You can also use My Support Profile to find a list of serial numbers for products that you've purchased or registered with your Apple ID.
Find My iPhone in iOS 7
As we mentioned Find My iPhone in iOS 7 includes a new feature called Activation Lock, which is turned on automatically when you set up Find My iPhone, the feature prevent anyone to turn Find My iPhone off, erasing your iPhone or to reactivate it to become an useless device, so your Apple ID and password are required to do all those actions.With Activation Lock, your Apple ID and password are required before anyone can; Turn off Find My iPhone on your device, sign out of iCloud on your device, or erase and reactivate your device.
Find My iPhone in iOS 8
Send Last Location FeatureiOS 8 has also brought a new feature to Find My iPhone (iPad,iPod), called "Send last location", which allows your iOS device to send last location to Apple when battery drains to a critical level. Find My iPhone in iOS 7 cannot determine the last location of a device when its battery is drained, just iCloud will display the last location for up to 24 hours.
To enable "Send Last Location" feature; Tap on Settings app from iPhone's Home screen, select iCloud, from iCloud section enter to Find My iPhone then toggle "Send Last Location" to on.
If you didn't enable Find My iPhone on your lost or stolen device
If you did not enable Find My iPhone before it was lost or stolen, you can't locate it or protect your data on your device. in this case what you can do:
Change your iCloud password to ensure that no one else can use your device to delete or make changes to your iCloud data.
Follow the steps 4 and 5 that mentioned above; (Report the lost or stolen iPhone to your carrier, and to local law enforcement).
Find My iPhone not work
Why your iPhone (iPad, or iPod Touch) not appear in find my iPhone?Here are some reasons:
Your iCloud account is not configured on your device. Choose Settings > iCloud and enter your iCloud account information.
Your device is not update. It needs to be running iOS 5 or higher.
The date is incorrect on your device. Choose Settings > General > Date & Time to check and set the date.
Your device has lost network connectivity. If you have access to your device, and it appears to have an active Internet connection, in this case enable and then disable Airplane mode or turn the device off and back on.
Your device appears in Find My iPhone, but is offline, the reasons:
Your device is powered off, such as when the battery has run out.
Your iPhone’s cellular service has been terminated by your wireless service provider.
Your iPod Touch, iPad, or Mac is asleep and not connected to a known Wi-Fi network. The command will be processed when your device is awakened and connected to the Internet.
The adds on iOS 8 has been updated