Lost your Apple device? No problem. iCloud Find feature lets you track down your lost or misplaced device from anywhere you want. If you have misplaced or lost your device, then first make sure that Find My Phone is set up on the device that you want to locate. Another thing is the iOS device has to be in online, connected to WiFi or awake.
After you make sure that those two things are checked, then you can use iCloud find feature. If you have iCloud Family Sharing setup, then you can even locate a family member’s device. So how to use iCloud find feature from your desktop, laptop or Mac?
From your web browser, go to the web address icloud.com.
Click All Devices from the top of the page. The green dot on the side means the device’s online. You can see the latest time it was located, if you can locate the device. If more than one device is connected with the same iCloud account, then you can see the list of devices in the drop-down menu.
A grey dot means it’s offline. However if it was recently online, you can see the last online time. If it has been 24 hours offline, you see “Offline”.
Choose the device that you want to locate. If the device is online, you can see the exact location on the map. If iCloud Find can’t track your device, select “Notify me when found” to get an email when it appears online.
You can see the battery status of your online phone. You can even play sound even if it’s on silent if your phone is nearby. You can zoom in, zoom out, drag the map and update the map by clicking on refresh icon. Change the map view from satellite, standard and hybrid from the rightmost bottom of the map.
Lost Mode will help you enter an optional number. This number will be shown to your lost iPhone so that if anyone finds your phone, then you can call you can give your phone back if they are HONEST.
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Then, enter your Apple ID (the one you use with iCloud), and the password in the respective fields, and click the Go button (the right arrow button beside Password field).
After that, click ‘All Devices’ option. In the list, the dot next to the device indicates its status: Green for online and Gray for offline.
Select the device you want to locate.
If ‘Family Sharing’ is activated, you family member’s devices will appear below their names.
If the device is online with a green dot, its approximate location is shown on the map.
If you can’t find your iDevice, you can use Lost Mode right away from icloud.com/find to lock it with a passcode, display a custom message on the screen, and to keep track of its location
To use Lost mode:
From our Internet browser, go to ‘icloud.com/find’.
Sign in with your Apple ID and Password.
Click ‘All Devices’, then select the device you want to track or lock.
If you have Family Sharing activated, you family member’s devices will appear below their names.
Click ‘Lost Mode’, or ‘Lock’ option.
Then, follow the instructions to complete the Lost Mode.
To remove Apple device on which you can’t turn off Find My iPhone:
Turn off the device you want to remove from Find My iPhone.
On another computer, open a web browser and go to ‘icloud.com/find’
Then, use your Apple ID and Password to sign in.
Click ‘All Devices’ option, then select the offline device and click ‘Remove from Account’ option. In case you don’t find the ‘Remove from Account’ option, click ‘All Devices’ again, and click the ‘Delete’ button next to the device.
iCloud is a cloud computing and cloud storage facility that is provided by the Apple Inc to it’s users. iCloud automatically backs up your iOS device once it is set up. Along with the facilities of automatic backup iCloud also has the feature called “Find my Phone”. You have to set up the Find My Phone feature. It helps you to locate your device if you ever lose it and also protect your device.
You need to set ip iCloud and turn on Find My iPhone on your iOS device. To use the Find My Iphone feature you will need iOS 5 or later. You can also set up Mac computers to use the service. OS X v10.7.5 or later is required in Mac computer to use the Find My iPhone feature. Use same iCloud account for all the devices so that you can see all your devices in Find My Phone.
Setting up an iOS device
These are the steps to set up your iOS devices:
Tap Settings from your home screen
Tap on iCloud
Put in your login credentials for Apple ID.
Go to Find My Phone and Turn it ON if it is off, Tap to change
For extra security, you can set up a passcode that will be required to be entered before accessing the information on your device. To do this, go toSettings > General > Passcode Lock or Passcode & Fingerprint.
Setting up Find My Phone on Mac
Follow the steps below to set up your Mac.
Click on Apple Menu > System Preferences > iCloud
Enter your credentials for Apple ID and log into the account.
Turn ON Find My Mac if it is turned off.
If you set up Find My Phone feature via iCloud you will be able to do following things:
Locate your device on the map
Play sound on your device to find it
Use lost mode to lock and track your device
Remotely erase all your information in the device
On devices with iOS 7 or later there is a new feature included called Activation Lock which is automatically turned on after you set up Find My Phone. With Activation Lock, your apple ID and password will be required before anyone can turn off the Find My Phone feature on your device. They will also be restricted from signing out of the iCloud and erase or reactivate your device. Your device will be literally useless to others.
This is how you find lost phone with the help of iCloud Find My Phone and your security keys.