I am writing this blog post to create more awareness around the IOS app “Find My iPhone”. If you are an Apple lover like me and you own an iPhone, please tell me you already have “Find my iPhone” installed and set-up, or that you at least know about it? If not, please continue to read and I encourage you to take me seriously 🙂 We are glued to our phone nowadays, well most of us unfortunate people are. It’s now almost become a body part. The thought of losing our phone gives us the shivers. How can you ease the pain of losing your iPhone? – Keep reading to find out how.
We are glued to our phones nowadays, well most of us unfortunate people are. It has now almost become a body part. The thought of losing our phone gives us the shivers, doesn’t it? How can you ease the pain of losing your iPhone? – Here’s how.
Ok, so now you have an idea what I am on about and you probably want to know how to get this set-up once and for all.
As of January 2013, the service is supported, woohoo – We are well past that and shame on you if it’s taken you this long to go about setting this up 😉 In addition to your compatible iPhone, a free iCloud account is required to use Find My iPhone. Users also can track their Find My iPhone enabled devices through iCloud.com.
Find My iPhone is an app and service that is provided by Apple, which allows remote location-tracking. This is also available for iOS devices and Mac computers, however – today I am focusing on just the iPhone. Users are able to locate their iOS devices using either the iOS app or icloud.com on a computer. In addition to locating a device, this handy service also allows you to perform the 3 following actions.
- Plays a Sound – You can make the device play a sound at max volume even if it is on silent. This feature also makes the device flash. There’s been many a time, I have even lost my phone in the house and I use this feature to save myself wasting time looking everywhere for it.
- Lost Mode – This feature marks the device as lost or stolen. This gives the user an option to lock the device with a passcode. If a user happens to find the device, they have the option of calling the iPhone user directly from the device
- Erase iPhone – This is one I have not yet have had to do, thankfully. However, I think this feature is such a good idea. If you feel like you have mislaid your phone or you know it was stolen, then you certainly don’t want all your personal information in a stranger’s hands. We have become so dependent on our phones down through the years and with many different apps available on the phone, you could call a smartphone a laptop or diary. We do but shouldn’t hold as much sensitive information on our phones as we tend to. Plus, what stranger wants to see the number of attempts we take to perfect one selfie – lol! So, this feature completely erases all content and settings on your phone (don’t do this unless you’re sure it’s gone). Once this action is performed, the device can no longer be located, its poof!! After the erase is complete, the message can still be displayed and the device will be activation locked. This makes it hard for someone to use or sell the device should the owner of the device misplace it – one way to have an ease of mind!
An Apple ID Password will be required before turning off, Find My iPhone, signing out of iCloud, erasing the device, or reactivating a device after a remote wipe. The update with iOS 6 added the ability to check the device’s battery level.
Another important note from me is, that it’s all very fine to have this set-up and all that but do you remember the password you used for this? Losing your phone is frustrating enough, aside from having to go through the “Forgot my Password” rig marole. As always, never write your password anywhere to remember it but in this case, for finding your iPhone – try and remember what pwd you set this up with.
That’s all, for now, folks and if you have any questions around this or even getting set-up – feel free to comment below or drop me a mail @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Chao! 😉 x