Lost or stolen iPhone
Lost or stolen iPhone? Here's how to find it

If you lose your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch or think it might have been stolen, these simple guides may help you find it, secure your information, and help you get back your lost or stolen iPhone.

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If Find My iPhone is turned on, you can use it to find your device

You can use Find My iPhone to find your device and try some extra efforts that can help you recover it and keep your info safe.

  • Sign in to com/find on a Mac or PC, or simply use the Find My iPhone app on another iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
  • Find your device. Open Find My iPhone, select a device to view its location on a map. If the device is close-by, you can have it play a sound to help you or somebody nearby to find it.
  • Turn on Lost Mode. Using Lost Mode, you can remotely lock your device with a four-digit passcode, show a custom message with your phone number on your missing device’s Lock screen, and monitor your device’s location. In the event that you added credit or debits cards to Apple Pay, the capacity to make payments using Apple Pay on the device will be suspended when you put your device in Lost Mode.
  • Report your lost or stolen device to local law enforcement or authority. Law enforcement may ask for the serial number of your device. Find your device serial number and submit.
  • Make sure to erase your device. To keep any other individual from getting to the info on your missing device, you can erase it remotely. When you erase your device, the most of your data alongwith credit or debit cards for Apple Pay will be erased from the device. Now you won’t have the capacity to find it using Find My iPhone. After you delete a device, you can’t track it. On the off chance that you remove the device from your account after you delete it, Activation Lock will be automatically turned off. This permits someone else to activate and use your device.

If you utilize Family Sharing, any relative can find another member’s missing device. Simply have your relative sign into iCloud with their Apple ID, and you can find any device connected with that Family Sharing account.

Finding a stolen or lost iPhone if it’s off or offline

activate lost mode in lost or stolen iPhone

If your missing device is off or offline, you can put it in Lost Mode, lock it, or remotely delete it. Whenever your device is online next time, the actions you take now will make impact. If you remove the device from your account while it’s offline, any pending activities for the device will be cancelled automatically.

How to cancel or turn off Lost Mode

You can cancel Lost Mode by entering the passcode on your device. You can likewise turn off Lost Mode on iCloud.com or from the Find My iPhone app.

What if Find My iPhone isn’t enabled on your missing device

When Find My iPhone isn't enabled

If you forgot to turn on Find My iPhone before your device was lost or stolen, you can’t use it to find your device. Be that as it may, you can use the steps below to secure your info:

  • Change your Apple ID password. When you change your Apple ID password you can keep anybody from getting to your iCloud info or using different services, for example, iMessage or iTunes from your missing device.
  • Change the passwords for other web accounts on your device. This could incorporate email accounts, Facebook, or Twitter.
  • Report your lost or stolen device to local law enforcement. Law enforcement may ask for the serial number of your device. Find your device serial number and share with them.
  • Report your lost or stolen device to your wireless carrier. Your carrier can disable your account, preventing any possible phone calls, messages, and info usage.

Find My iPhone is the main way that you can track or find a lost or stolen iPhone. In the event that Find My iPhone isn’t enabled on your device before it went missing, there is no other Apple service that can find, track, or just flag your device for you.

Track and locate your iPhone without any tracking app with iCloud

Tracking lost or stolen iPhone with iCloud

Note: If you haven’t enabled Find My iPhone/iPad/Mac when you set up your device, this strategy won’t work.

Despite that you can download the official Find My iPhone app on the App Store; you don’t really need it to track your Apple device. It implies the app doesn’t need to be installed on your missing iPhone, iPad or Mac. The good thing here is that Find My iPhone is really a cloud-based administration by Apple. The app is just another method to access the administration to find your iPhone or other Apple devices.

If you claim an iPad or a second iPhone, you can likewise install the app and simply try to find your missing device. Else, all you need is an internet browser and your Apple ID login details.

In addition to it, don’t be excessively stressed that somebody could disconnect your device from iCloud, or turn off Find My iPhone or erase your device. In case you’re on iOS7 or a later version, a feature called Activation Lock will keep anybody from doing any of the specified things without your Apple ID password.

Okay now, so we should get back your Apple device. This is what you have to do:

    1. Login to iCloud and activate “Find My iPhone”

iCloud dashboard

You need to visit icloud.com and sign in using your Apple ID login details. Once you have successfully signed in, you should see your iCloud dashboard with various icons. Click on the “Find My iPhone” icon, which will appear as the first in the second column. Now you should see the Find My iPhone interface, including a map.

ICloud-dashboard – image

    1. Select your lost or stolen iPhone device and follow the tracking process mentioned below

track location of lost iPhone

  • Click on the “All Devices” drop-down menu on the top bar and select your lost or stolen iPhone device.
  • Doing so will activate the tracking procedure for your device.
  • When you have successfully started the tracking process, you should have the capacity to see its location on the map.
  • Finally you have the choice to trigger an acoustic sign, enable “Lost Mode” or erase all information on your device.

Contingent upon a few features, this can take a while. Likewise, use the erase option if all else fails, since Find My iPhone won’t work any longer on your device a while later.

When you activate the Lost Mode, it will (as mentioned earlier) lock your device with a password and show a message of your choice together with a phone number, so that a good person ideally gets in touch with you to give your iPhone, iPad or Mac once again into your hands.

The Lost Mode has the advance capacity to enable location services on your iPhone or iPad, in the event that it’s deactivated. It implies that you no more need to go nuts if you remembered that you turned it off. It will stay enabled the length of your device is in Lost Mode.

This is essentially all you need to do to track your lost or stolen iPhone or other Apple device. Kindly remember that your lost or stolen iPhone should be turned on and by one means or another associated with the web. If mobile data is turned off and it’s not connected to any Wi-Fi, you won’t have the capacity to track it using Find My iPhone.

Your only ray of hope is to hold up and trust that the person who stole it or somebody, who found it, connects to the web. Fortunately, you don’t have to stay within iCloud and hit refresh constantly. If your device is offline, you can give Apple a chance to notify you once it’s back on the web.

Use Google Location History (now Timeline) to find your lost or stolen iPhone device

track google location history

Note: This strategy just works on the off chance that you have already enabled location reporting and location history on your iPhone (or iPad).

You’re most likely familiar with the fact that Apple and Google like to assemble data about a wide range of things, including your location as well. Despite that this is an attack on your security and some individuals purposefully disable location services on their devices, it can be extremely useful when you lose your phone.

Google’s Timeline (previously called Location History) maps out all location information that has been stored from your iPhone. Yes, Google doesn’t just store all that location information of yours, it likewise makes it available in an attractive interface.

Fundamentally, you can see where you’ve been on a map. Using this tool, you can see where your lost or stolen iPhone was found the last time it sent its location info to Google. If your iPhone is still on and is connected with the web, it will keep sending its location so you can precisely know where it is and go get it back.

Regardless of the possibility that its battery is dead, you can even now see its last reported location.

To see your location history, follow the steps below:

  • Visit com/maps/timeline
  • Select today’s date in the upper left half of the screen or just tap the “Today” icon.
  • Go through your Timeline on the left side and look to its end to locate the last reported location of your lost or stolen iPhone. You can likewise check all recorded points of interest in the map. Try to check the time stamps with the goal that you don’t only know the last location, yet additionally when your phone was last connected with Google.
  • Before you hop up to get it, try to use the area info to check if your iPhone is just lying some place holding up to be grabbed, or if it’s moving. If it isn’t staying still, you should consider contacting the law authorities and let them help you recover your now obviously stolen device.

Google location history

We don’t recommend going after the thief all alone. You never know what kind of thief stole your iPhone. It’s better to inform the law authorities and let them take the appropriate actions on your behalf to recover your lost or stolen iPhone.

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Ankita Gairola is an R&D Engineer at SoftwareVilla. She grew up flirting with available technologies and happens to be a dynamic writer with flair of explaining complex technologies with ease to readers from all walks of life. A gadget geek, Gairola spends a major part of each day outscoring latest technologies, playing Xbox and reading books. She learned the ropes to effective writing in her very early days and has penned over 5000 articles for different press and media sources.