Tech Tip: What to Do If You Lose Your iPhone
If you want to figure out how to find your lost Android phone, click here. This tip deals with how to trace a missing iPhone.
Just like Google, Apple also has a Find My iPhone feature for its devices. Find My iPhone lets you find your device and take other actions that can help you recover your phone and keep your information intact.
Here's how to do it:
- Sign in to icloud.com/find on any computer, or use the Find My iPhone app on another Apple device.
- Click the Find My iPhone option, it will show you all the devices connected with the given ID.
- Select a device to view its location on a map.
Using the Lost Mode, you can lock your lost iPhone with a passcode and display a custom message with your phone number on the lock screen as well, apart from keeping a track of your device's location (this works exactly like the Secure Device function on Android).
Apple also gives you an option to Erase you Device, in order to prevent anyone else from erasing your data. When one erases his/her device, all the information is deleted from the Apple device.
However, the even any other person will be not be able to use the device unless you remove the device from your account or turn the Activation Lock off.
What if your Apple device is off or offline?
If your missing device is off or offline, you can still put it in Lost Mode, lock it, or remotely erase it. The next time your device is online, these actions will take effect. If you remove the device from your account while it's offline, any pending actions for the device are canceled.