If you have multiple Apple devices, click on All Devices at the top of the window and choose the lost or stolen device you’re looking for.
Once Find My iPhone locates your iPhone, it will appear as a green dot on the map. You’ll see a small window with your iPhone image, battery percentage, and a few other options in the upper-right corner.
Here there are and what they each do:
Play Sound: This option is for those who’ve misplaced their iPhone somewhere nearby. It allows you to play an audible sound even if your phone is on “Silence Mode”.
Lost Mode: It allows you to lock your iPhone and enter an alternative number. That way a good samaritan can reach out to you.
Erase iPhone: This will let you wipe out everything on the device preventing anybody from obtaining your personal data. If you think you’ll never get your iPhone back, this is the best thing to do.
How to use Find My iPhone on iPhone
Grab your iPhone swipe down from the middle of the Home screen to bring up the search field. Type Find My, it will appear in the Applications section. Sometimes you’ll find it in the Extras folder.
Open the app and log in with your iCloud credentials. Once you’re logged in you should see all your Apple devices under the Devices tab. From the list, select the stolen/lost device to view its location.
The UI is a little bit different but works the same as if you were using the web-based tool. Swipe up to see all the options, then select the option that makes more sense to you. For example, if you misplaced your iPhone at home, you may press Play Sound to help you find your iPhone.
Find iPhone That Is Offline or Dead
There’ll be cases when your iPhone will not show up on the map. It will say offline. This is because your iPhone is out of battery/turned off, without an internet connection, or has its location turned off.
Either way, you’ll still have the three options mentioned above to take action from. The next time your iPhone is back online, the action you’ve taken will happen.
As mentioned above, it’s important to turn on Send Last Location in Find My iPhone settings. That way you can see the last known location of your phone in case it’s dead or turn off.
If Find My iPhone wasn’t enabled before you lost your iPhone, you won’t be able to locate it. In this case, you must change your Apple ID password right away, preventing anyone from accessing your iCloud data.
If you were using Apple Pay, you should also remotely delete all your credit/debit card information via iCloud on the web. Don’t forget to report your missing iPhone to local law enforcement and your wireless carrier to protect your personal information.
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