How to enable Find iPhone
ways to turn off Find My iPhone
When you go to an Apple Service Center to repair or customize your iPhone, you may need to turn off Find My iPhone (Find My iPhone). This is necessary for testing and flashing the smartphone (if necessary), as well as other service work. It is recommended to untie your iOS device, Apple Watch, Airpods or Mac computer from iCloud also if you no longer plan to use it, when selling, giving, etc.
Looking ahead, we assure you that this step is absolutely safe and does not pose a threat to your device or data on it. To save time when handing over your iPhone or iPad for repair, you can turn off this function yourself in advance. Below we provide detailed instructions on how to do this.
Disable Find My iPhone in the iOS App on iPhone and iPad
Wait until the status of all devices linked to your Apple ID is updated.
On the line with the device on which you want to disable “Find iPhone”, swipe to the left. A red “Delete” button will appear to the right of the model name.
Please note that you can only uninstall iPhone, iPad and Mac computers that are not connected to the Internet and have offline status in the Find iPhone application. If your device is connected to the Internet, the “Delete” button will not appear.
Confirm the deletion request. The device will be removed from the list.
Disable Find My iPhone on iPhone and iPad using iCloud
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Enter your Apple ID (if not connected in device settings in the iCloud menu) and password.
The security function will be disabled, and you will receive a corresponding notification to the primary email address specified in the Apple ID settings.
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Turn off the slider on Find My iPhone and enter your Apple ID password for your mail.
Disable Find My iPhone on iPhone and iPad using iCloud.com
Go to iCloud.com and enter your Apple ID, password.
We go to the “Find iPhone” application. Here you may need to re-enter your Apple ID password.
The My Devices menu displays all your devices on which the same iCloud account has been activated. Just remove the device you need from the list and you’re done.
Removing an iPhone will remove the paired Apple Watch. Removing an iOS device will remove all Airpods paired with it (Airpods will remain in the device list if they are paired with another device).
How to disable Find iPhone if your phone won’t turn on?
If the device does not turn on or is not in your hands, you can disable this feature through the iCloud.com website. To do this, you need to know the login and password from your Apple ID account. Apple ID login looks like email.
How to find out where the other iPhone is?
First, make sure that you have enabled the geolocation function in your privacy settings (Settings. Privacy. Geolocation). Then activate iCloud and enable the “Find iPhone” function in System Preferences, in the iCloud tab.
How to find your Apple ID?
- Go to your Apple ID account page and click the Forgot Apple ID or Password?
- When prompted for your Apple ID, click If You Forgot Your Apple ID to find it.
- Enter your first name, last name and email address.
How to find a friend’s iPhone via locator?
First, check if Find iPhone (iPad) is enabled on your devices. To do this, go to the following path: Settings → Apple ID (your name) → Latitude, select the Find iPhone section and set all three radio buttons in it: Find iPhone, Enable Offline Search, and Last location to the on position.
Can I remotely enable Find My iPhone??
Open Settings, go to iCloud Find My iPhone (or Find iPad) and drag the slider to the “on” position. In the same subsection, you can enable / disable automatic sending of the last location of your device to Apple whenever the battery charge is critically low.
How to enable Find iPhone?
Turn on Find on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
- On iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, open the Settings app.
- Click your name.
- Click “Latitude”.
- If you want friends and family to know where you are, turn on the Share location option.
Add your device to Find My iPhone
Some users do not know how to use an Apple device to enable Find My iPhone. It’s very simple. use the gadget to log in with your Apple ID and enable the option. This is done by following the route “Settings” iCloud login with your Apple ID.
A good way to find your lost devices. using the functionality of an application such as Find My iPhone. If the missing device is somewhere nearby, you should enable the “Play sound” option. You will surely hear a beep.
To use all Find My iPhone features in Settings, especially with the ability to remotely delete information from a device, you must ensure that your smartphone has been stolen, because once all data has been erased, it cannot be recovered.
Download and install TunesGo and launch it. After connecting your iPhone to your computer, you will see a screenshot as the contents of your smartphone. Click “Restore iTunes Library” to back up iPhone.
After clicking the button, you can choose the type of files and transfer them to iTunes. If you do not want to transfer the data in its entirety, you can select and transfer any music or video you want, selectively. This way, files in TunesGo can be looped through and selected. Therefore, this service is preferred over iTunes.
How to enable Find My iPhone?
How do I turn on Find My iPhone? Click Settings, then iCloud. There are several options in this section. Click Find My iPhone. Switching the slider will allow you to enable this function on your smartphone. To activate or deactivate Find iPhone on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, simply swipe the button of the same name and set it to OFF.
Where is Find My iPhone on my computer? After that, enable Find My Mac on your Mac. To do this, go to the Apple iCloud System Preferences menu. You will be presented with an interface very similar to the screen you might see on your iPhone after you enable Find My iPhone. Sign in to your iCloud account.
How to use Find My iPhone to find your phone?
Sign in to iCloud using the account you used when setting up Find My iPhone. This is likely your Apple ID or iTunes account.
Click Find My iPhone under the web tools offered by iCloud. The Find My iPhone service immediately starts trying to find all the devices on which it is turned on. You will see messages on the screen when the application is turned on.
If you have several devices configured with this service, click “All devices” at the top of the screen and select the one you want.
If it detects your device, Find My iPhone will zoom in on the map and show the location of the gadget using a green dot. When this happens, you can zoom in or out on the map and view it in standard, satellite, and hybrid modes, just like in Google Maps. When your device is found, a window will appear in the right corner of your web browser. It lets you know how much battery power your phone has and offers several options.
Click Play Sound. This is the first option because sending audio to your device is better when you think you’ve lost it nearby and want to find it faster. It can also be useful if you think someone nearby has got hold of your smartphone, but denies it.
You can also click Lost Mode. This allows you to remotely lock your device’s screen and set a password (even if you haven’t set one before). This prevents the use of the device or access to your personal data.
Once you hit the Lost Mode button, enter the password you want to use. If you already have such a setting, it will automatically be used. You can also enter a phone number that the person who found the phone can use to contact you (this is optional). You also have the option to write a message that is displayed on the screen of the device.
How Find My iPhone works?
How do I know if Find My iPhone is turned on? First, the Find My iPhone service only works if your iPhone is turned on and has a signal. If it is turned off and does not transmit data, the service will not work. However, you will always see if the phone is on. The service will also not work if your iPhone has been switched to airplane mode.
Each user needs to focus on when and how Find My iPhone works. It’s easy to enable this option. Go to Settings, tap iCloud, and tap the Find My iPhone slider to turn green, or ON, depending on your iOS version. This is the easiest procedure to enable Find My iPhone.
You should also make sure that you have location services activated. Without Location Services, you won’t be able to see exactly where the device is.
How to Use Find My iPhone 
If your iPhone is missing or lost, you can use your computer to open the iCloud website. Sign in to your iCloud account. On the screen, select your iPhone, and after that you can find it, play sound, put it in Lost Mode, or delete all data on it remotely.
What it is?
Find My iPhone helps a lot in determining where your iPhone might be when it’s not near you. Thanks to satellite images and cartography, it will show where your smartphone is located, provided that the device has a signal and is turned on.
Where is Find My iPhone? It is accessible from any internet-connected computer, tablet, or portable device thanks to the iCloud website. Signing in gives you the ability to access the Find My iPhone screen, which then allows you to select the exact device you want to find. It should be noted here that only those devices on which this option is installed are available. These can be iPhone, iPod, iPad or Mac. As soon as you enter the service, you will see on the screen a large map with marks.
Main features of Find My iPhone
When you turn on Find My iPhone, four great features are activated:
- Locate your device: If your iPhone’s signal is working and your device is still powered and has location services turned on, go to iCloud to find out where your gadget is currently located. You may need to sign in with an iCloud ID and password, after which you will be taken to the Find My iPhone screen.
- Play Sound: This feature is incredibly useful if you’re sure your iPhone is somewhere nearby. At 5-second intervals, the iPhone will “ping” very loudly until you find the device and press the home screen. Once you have activated the Play Sound feature, you will receive an email notification that this feature has been activated. Audio will stop playing when a device is detected and exited from the home screen.
- Lost Mode. This is a handy option available through Find My iPhone, which lets you lock your iPhone remotely with a passcode. The smartphone will remain locked until it is found and a password is entered. The nice thing is that if Lost Mode is selected but location services are disabled, they are automatically activated and will be enabled until the phone is found. This makes it easier to track the device.
- Erase iPhone: When all else fails, and you no longer think that the iPhone will be detected, you also have the option to delete all data remotely. Of course, this is the toughest option, but it’s available to you if you think you can’t get your lost smartphone back. This will prevent you from accessing valuable information stored on your iPhone, such as your contact list or any cards you may have saved through Passbook.
How to enable Find iPhone
Apple Inc. strongly advises all users of their products to immediately enable the option to find the missing mobile phone. When this service is activated, in case of loss or theft, finding the device will be an easy task.
This article explains in detail how to activate this option and how to use it.
The function “Find iPhone” began to be implemented in Apple devices that had a version higher than 5.0. This option allows you to block the device in case of its loss or theft, as well as show the current location of the device on the map.
This function has greatly changed the statistics on the gadgets that have found, for example, in London, the number of thefts was dreamed by half. This is a brilliant result all over the world.
Russian owners of Yablochnaya products are still wary of such functions and their purposes. Some iPhone owners simply do not believe in its performance. And someone has the opinion that this function is an excellent tool through which America monitors Russian citizens.
In fact, the whole mechanism for finding a stolen / lost phone is pretty simple and valid.
So users who are afraid that America is following them in this way should think about it and, if possible, put paranoid thoughts away from themselves. Otherwise, stealing or simply losing a new iPhone will become unpleasant.
How to activate search for a lost device
In order to enable this function, you must perform a certain sequence of actions:
- From the very beginning, you need to open the main menu of the device and go to the settings section;
- From there, you should open the “iCloud” itself;
- You need to sign in using your Apple ID account, and then continue with the setup;
- After logging in, a window appears, notifying the user of the user’s consent to the geo-location, where it is necessary to consent to the use of the data;
- After the agreement, you need to scroll through the screen and find and activate the “Find iPhone” function among the entire list;
- The next step will be to check the device for activating the function in the geolocation section, where you need to go to the geolocation section, open the function itself and see if the toggle switch is activated.
Attention! It is imperative to check for the use of geolocation, since if the function is not enabled there, then it will be impossible to see the lost device on the map.
What is Activation Lock?
Activation Lock is an optional feature that has been predicted for a very long time. It was released only with the 7th version of the iPhone. With its help, if the phone is lost, you can lock the device so that no service or program can hack the phone’s protection.
To activate it, you must have an Apple ID account. You will need to log into your account in situations when it is necessary:
- Disable device search;
- Clean your smartphone completely;
- Search for a missing device.
This feature is also called “Lost Mode”, and is located in the “Find iPhone”.
How the function works
Find My iPhone offers many options for the user:
- It allows you to remotely turn on a loud sound, which is designed to make it easier to find your lost smartphone.
- Find out the location on the map of a lost or stolen gadget.
Important. The geographic location of the iPhone is displayed not in real time, but in a point, depending on where the gadget was connected to the Internet for the last time.
- Clear content remotely
- Enable the Lost Mode function on the gadget. In this mode, it is impossible to continue using the gadget. And it will be possible to sell it only for spare parts and at a low price.
iCloud is an internet service developed by Apple Inc. This service allows you to view and easily access various photos, contacts from the phone book and other documents.
After the Apple smartphone has disappeared without a trace from the of its owner, the owner can go to the official iCloud website. To perform the necessary actions, it is required that the user logs into the official iCloud website using the data entered on the device. Now you need to select the “Find iPhone” category. After selecting this item, a map of the city of the owner of the lost / missing smartphone will appear. On this map, you can see points that will be green. These dots represent the last place where the missing smartphone was last connected to the network.
Now, after performing some of the actions described above, the owner, whose smartphone was recently stolen or was lost, can only activate such a function as “Lost Mode”. After activation, you can already nominate to a friend.
It will be great if the owner of the iPhone takes with him for the company a person who will also have an iPhone with him. It is also necessary that the Find iPhone program has been downloaded and installed on the “auxiliary” smartphone. Also, through this application, you can turn on a sound signal on the lost gadget, which will greatly simplify the entire search process.
In fact, the iPhone is one of the most secure devices out there. In case of loss of a mobile phone, it is easy enough to find it, and for the duration of the search, make it a useless piece of iron by completely blocking it with the existing functionality. The developers did their best on this score and made the device fully payback. Yes, it is very expensive, but having lost Android, there is simply no chance of finding it unless you return it yourself. The iPhone is different. It is not needed by anyone and is of no value to anyone except the owner. Therefore, this function is very useful and irreplaceable.
How the function works
Find my iPhone or Find iPhone is a proprietary security mechanism used only on Apple devices. The function appeared back in 2001, becoming part of iOS 5.0, at the same time the protection mechanism had its own dedicated application. The Find iPhone function helps protect against unauthorized access and, if necessary, locate the device, as long as the phone has geolocation and wireless transmission enabled. Over time, the function became part of Apple’s iCloud cloud service, it is possible to access information about the location of the smartphone from a computer, tablet or other phone, even if the device is running Windows or Android.
The application implements important functions:
- determining the geolocation of the smartphone on the city map;
- reproduction of loud sounds, which is useful if the owner is nearby, and the smartphone is lying in the bushes, snow or tall grass;
- enabling the so-called “loss mode” so that the finder is not tempted to keep the smartphone for himself. the device is blocked;
- deleting confidential information and user content if you cannot return the device.
Find Find My iPhone
The development of technology does not stand still. Apple has equipped devices with the protective function “Find iPhone”. Statistics show that with the introduction of technology, the number of thefts has decreased, and the return of lost devices, on the contrary, has increased. Finding the loss has become easier, but in the hands of criminals, the iPhone turns into a useless set of chips with plastic. The developers themselves say that it is useful for the owners of Apple devices to know how to find the Find iPhone function, how to use the protective mechanism and how to return a lost phone. No one is immune from unpleasant acquaintances with criminals and accidental losses.
How to Use “Find My” For Parents
Find iPhone app
For the convenience of users, Apple developers have created a separate program “Find iPhone”. The application is available for download from the AppStore and is distributed free of charge. The application implements all the possibilities of searching for a smartphone, including geolocation on the map. The utility supports the Russian language, pleases with convenient navigation and a pleasant interface. The functionality is similar to the application in the browser, such versatility Apple users consider the most suitable option. Parents especially appreciate the program, since geolocation on the iPhone of children reduces anxiety about the location of the child. this is relevant in megacities. And even in case of loss, it is much easier to look for a smartphone with an enabled application on another mobile device than digging in the grass or snowdrifts.
- When first turned on, the application will prompt the user for authentication. Enter your Apple iCloud account password and username in the form that opens.
- Check out the list of suggested features of the application and follow the recommendations.
With the application, the owner will see the location of the connected devices, and will also be able to manage the activation of the function. The main thing is that the necessary smartphones are tied to one iCloud record.
How to add iPhone to Find iPhone
Now let’s talk about how the “Find iPhone” function works, where the enable slider is already sorted out. For protection to work “in full force” and the owner has access to search from any device, it is important to complete the iCloud setup. The service has many possibilities, for correct operation, go to the phone settings, open iCloud and authorize. In the list that opens, move the sliders to the right opposite the functions that you find useful for yourself. After carrying out these simple manipulations, both web functions and other useful features of the service will become available to the owner.
Check if the device has been added to your account. For this:
- open the official iCloud.com page in your browser;
- go to the “My devices” menu;
- find iPhone in the list that opens.
If you click on the smartphone icon, the owner will see information about the device, including the serial number. There are also the settings of the Find iPhone function, the owner of the device can study the recommendations, activate the mode, view geo-positioning or activate the sound signal. The advantage of this method is that if the owner knows the Apple ID, then it is possible to log in and control the connected devices from any stationary or mobile devices. The main thing is stable Internet access, without the included information transfer, it will not work to remotely control the iPhone.
How to activate Find iPhone
Apple employees strongly recommend that you take care of the safety of the device in advance by activating the protection function when setting up your smartphone for the first time. Therefore, it is important for users to know how to enable Find My iPhone.
- On the main screen of the device, find the gear-shaped icon. this is the “Settings” application. Click the icon.
- The phone settings menu will open. Scroll down to the “iCloud” item, open this link.
- If the owner is not authorized in the application, the smartphone will offer to sign in to the account. In the form that opens, enter your iCloud account username and password.
- In the list, find the item “Find iPhone”.
- For the activation and operation of the protective mechanism, it is important that the slider opposite the name is in the on state. If the icon is moved to the right and lights up green. the function is enabled.
It is also worth mentioning that for the protective function to work correctly, it is important that geo-location services work on the smartphone. If the owner is not registered with Apple iCloud, it is recommended to create an account in advance. this can be done from any device that has Internet access. Link a phone number and an additional email address, as well as ask security questions. this information will be useful for password recovery if the owner suddenly forgets the code. It is also possible to create an account through the smartphone settings. in the iCloud authorization form there will be an item “Register”.
What is Activation Lock
As soon as the loss of the smartphone is discovered, the owner is advised to activate the “Lost Mode”. After that, many users of “apple” products are confused: they do not know how to find an iPhone through the “Find iPhone” function. Activation Lock will prevent unauthorized persons from using your phone as it will require a lock password to resume. The finder will be able to see a message in which it is worth indicating the phone number to contact the rightful owner. The problem is that for the function to work correctly, you need an internet connection. As soon as the smartphone catches the network, the message with the phone and other features of the “Find iPhone” function are automatically activated.
After the smartphone is returned to its rightful owner, be sure to disable Activation Lock through the iCloud app or website. You will also need to enter a password to unlock the device. Such a protection mechanism is considered the most reliable; criminals simply do not want to contact, since it is possible to brute force passwords indefinitely. Take care of the safety of your expensive smartphone and stored information, activate the “Find iPhone” function.
A very useful addition to the Find iPhone application is the Erase iPhone function, otherwise it is also called Activation Lock, which first appeared only on iOS 7. This add-on will allow you to lock your lost smartphone once and for all. in other words, turn the phone into a useless pile of spare parts. The gadget cannot be brought back to life by any means, neither by flashing, nor by restoration in DFU mode.
And if you imagine such a situation that the phone was stolen, then the attacker, after you have activated the “Erase iPhone” function, will understand that he has a dummy device with which he cannot do anything. And the most logical solution for him would be to contact the owner and act out the situation as if he had found a gadget, and even ask for a symbolic reward, at least somehow profit.
For those who are afraid that the phone cannot be restored, do not be alarmed, to restore it, it will be enough to know the Apple ID password. so make sure you have all logins and passwords written down. If you forget or lose your password, you will not be able to return the device to work by yourself, even hackers and Apple support will be powerless here.
Also, keep in mind that once you select Erase iPhone, you will no longer be able to track your device’s location. The smartphone will reset all settings, and return to the original, and only a message about the loss will be displayed on the screen.
Disable Find My iPhone
It is possible that the “Find iPhone” application was activated by you by accident, or, alternatively, not only you have access to your Apple ID account, of course, no one wants someone to track your location, but everything can be fixed. turn off the find iPhone function. There are 3 ways to do this.
For this method, you will need to borrow an iPhone or iPad from a friend with the “Find iPhone” application installed, if there is none, download it. Further, having entered the application, you need to log in under your Apple ID and after the login is completed, a map with the geo-location of your lost device will be displayed.
Is it possible to disable the feature without Apple ID password?
It is impossible to disable the Find iPhone function without account information such as password and login, and in general, the whole point of the Find iPhone function would then disappear. Fraudsters who stole the phone or found it, but did not want to give it back to the owner for some reason, would simply turn off this function and that’s it, searches for the device are doomed, the “find iPhone” application would be nothing more than a toy, or, in extreme cases, assistant for finding a phone in an apartment.
Turn on sound
If you click on the icon of your device, then three buttons will appear at the bottom, the first of which is to play the sound. After pressing this button, a beep will sound on the lost smartphone. This is very convenient if you yourself have lost your phone, do not remember where you put it within the apartment, etc., but it is unlikely to affect the thief.
Disconnect on Windows and Mac OS X
- Open iCloud.com in a browser on your personal computer and log in with your Apple ID.
- In the panel at the very top, expand the All Devices tab.
- From the list that opens, select the device on which you will disable the function.
- The next step will open full information about the device and you will need to click on the “Delete” button and confirm your action in the window that appears.
- In the additional window that opens, enter your password for the account.
After such simple actions, a confirmation will be sent to your smartphone about disabling the Find iPhone function, and it will be deactivated immediately when the smartphone is connected to the Internet.
Allows you to remotely play sound on your device by sending a command through the service. In this case, it is much easier to determine where the gadget is. Basically, this opportunity is used when you know exactly the approximate location, having determined it on the map, but with minor errors. After activating playback, your phone will automatically beep after 10-30 seconds, but this is provided that it is connected to the network.
Have you decided to disable this service? We warn you right away that it is better to do this only if you are selling a smartphone. In other situations, the function will definitely come in handy someday, so turning it off will be meaningless.
To disable, you can use one of the 4 suggested methods below:
- From your smartphone go to “Settings”. go to iCloud and remove the slider from Find My iPhone. To confirm the operation, you will need to re-enter your account password and Apple ID. In this case, a notification will be sent to your email address, which will contain information about the disconnection.
- You can also disable this option through your account, simply by deleting it from your smartphone. To do this, go to “Settings” and select iCloud. Scroll down and click the “Delete Account” tab. A notification will appear prompting you to save your personal information or delete it. Here the decision is yours. Next, confirm the operation by entering the password from the ID, and the account is deleted.
- If you have the Find iPhone application installed, you can turn off the option here. To do this, go to the program, enter the data from the account. Wait for the system to display a complete list of devices connected to this account. As soon as information about the connected devices appears, select one, swipe to the left on it and click the “Delete” tab. Just keep in mind that you can delete devices that are not currently connected to the network.!
- And the last way is to delete it via iCloud from your computer. Go to the official website of the iCloud.com service and log in. After a successful login, select the “All devices” tab here. wait until the list is updated, find your device and click on the “Erase” item. Confirm the operation by entering your account password. Now all data from your smartphone will be completely deleted, including this function.
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If you cannot track the iPhone, for example, when it does not have access to the Internet, then you can activate this function. In this case, you can lock the iPhone so that the person who stole or found the device cannot do anything with it as soon as they log on to the network.
Another option that can be activated here is an on-screen notification. Provides the opportunity to write a special message with a request to call back, leaving your number and an offer for a reward for returning the phone. Most likely, the person who found the phone will call you, because without unlocking, he will not be able to use it.
And here there is an additional option that allows you to set a password for the entrance, if this has not been done before. Upon entering the network, the phone will automatically set this password, after which the attacker will not be able to use it.
How to use on a phone or tablet?
To do this, there is a separate application in the iOS menu, which is called “Find iPhone”. By downloading it, the user will be able to log in under the data of his account, which is used on the lost device and from here manage it.
Here, the possibilities are almost the same as in the browser version, but there is one addition. You can tap the car icon to get directions to your lost iPhone. This is very convenient, because in one click, the full path will be built on the screen, and you will receive useful information, namely, what is the distance to this point, how long the trip will take.
Search and control can be carried out through the browser version also from a tablet or mobile phone. For example, if you use Android or Windows Mobile, then just go to the iCloud website, log in there under an account and carry out all the same operations that we described above.
Remote wipe data
If the phone has fallen into the wrong hands, and there is no way to return it, then activate this item. In this case, the iPhone will automatically delete all data when connected to the network, returning to the factory settings. But please note that after activating this item, all information about the phone will be deleted from your iCloud, respectively, you will not be able to manage it in any way and you will lose full control.
How to Enable Find My iPhone
In addition to these points, the charge level of your device and its last location on the map are also displayed. Even if at the time of the check it was not possible to determine the position, you can see the last coordinates. The system displays data for the last 24 hours.
Even when you activate the Find iPhone function, an option such as Activation Lock is automatically turned on. This is a special service that prevents you from using a different account on your iPhone. For example, an attacker stole a phone but does not return it. At the same time, he will not be able to use another account, because there is an activation lock, and it will be active until it is disabled. And this can be done only after entering the Apple ID password used on the iPhone. Even if a person tries to flash a phone or make a jailbrake, there will still be a link to your account, as a result of which the smartphone will simply turn into a “brick”.