Tech Tip: What to Do If You Lose Your iPhone
Apple, like google also has a find my iphone feature across range.
Apple, like google also has a find my iphone feature across range. (Photo: iStock)

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.
Like Google, Apple also gives you an option to play a sound to help you find it, an option to erase your device and a lost-mode option.

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).

For people who have added credit, debit cards to Apple Pay, putting your phone in lost mode suspends Apple Pay’s payment feature as well.

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.

You cannot use the Find my iPhone feature after you have erased your phone.

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.

Find My iPhone is the only way that you can track or locate a lost or missing device. If Find My iPhone isn’t enabled on your device before it goes missing, there is no other Apple service that can find, track, or otherwise flag your device for you.

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