On the face of it, Apple’s Find My iPhone feature does what it says. If you lose your iPhone, you can identify its last known location by looking in the Find iPhone app or on the iCloud Web site, and you can make it play a sound. It’s great for tracking down a missing iPhone, whether you misplaced it in the house or left it behind at a restaurant.
But Find My iPhone does much more! For starters, it works with nearly any Apple device. You can use it to locate a missing Mac, iPad, iPod touch, Apple Watch, and even AirPods. Find My iPhone also helps protect your data if a device is stolen. It even works with Family Sharing to locate devices owned by anyone in your family—a boon to any parent with a forgetful teenager.
You must turn on Find My iPhone before your device goes missing!
Be sure to practice viewing where your devices are located and playing tones on them while at home. That way you’ll know what to do if a device goes missing!
Find My iPhone has a few tricks up its sleeve. There are different modes for when you want a device to show a message or if you think it was stolen:
Find My iPhone works only while the device has power. If you think you’ve mislaid a device, try locating it right away, before the battery runs out. Luckily, even if you are unable to retrieve a lost device, you can prevent others from accessing your data or taking over the device.
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