I have heard that the new iPhone update includes Find my iPhone as a built-in app, and I’m so glad. It’s a great app that not enough people seem to use. If your phone is ever lost or stolen, you will regret not using this.
Get the app
Firstly, if you don’t have it already, go to the app store and get it.
Once you have it, go to settings > location services and make sure you have location switched on for this to be of any use.
I am so thankful that I downloaded this app straight away when switching to iPhone. When you lose an iPhone, it is unlikely that anybody would be able to use it as the security is so great on them. However, this also means that kind people can’t give it back the old school way and just ring a number.
How to find your phone with Find my iPhone
Once you have this app, this is how you go about locating your lost phone:
You will then need to sign in using you Apple I.D. (your email and the password you use to download apps)
Once logged in, it will begin searching.
It takes a minute or so and then a map should appear. This will show you pretty much the very street – or even building – that your phone is in. Amazing! (I quickly blurred the image on purpose)
However, now you know where your phone is, but may not be able to get to it, or it might have been picked up by somebody by the time you get there – e.g. found by staff in a bar.
What makes this app even better is that you can contact the person who finds your phone.
Just click the green dot showing the location and the ‘i’ button. This should appear on the screen, over the map:
If it’s near, but on silent and preventing you from finding it, you can play a sound. You can erase it – I would be unlikely to use it, but there may be a reason to do so.
Then there is the lost mode option. Click on Lost Mode and the screen below will appear. Enter a family member’s or friend’s phone number.
The number you enter will appear on the screen of the iPhone without it needing to be unlocked. The person who found it can simply call the number from another line and you can meet to get your phone back.
It’s really simple and easy, yet when I mention it to people, they do not seem interested or think it sounds difficult. Your standard warranty does not cover lost phones. Even if you have insurance, you may have to pay something towards getting a new phone. Why do that when you can recover your phone worth £100s easily for yourself?
Have you ever used Find my iPhone? Never heard of it or tried it? If you have an iPhone, get this app NOW!
Is there an Android equivalent? If so, feel free to pop it in the comments for anyone who has one.