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Find My iPhone Activation and Steps for Use

Find My iPhone Activation Steps

Some say the best thing to do when you get lost is to stay put. Fortunately, the iPhone does exactly that when you lose it. Unfortunately, it doesn’t know how to politely ask passersby for help or how to send smoke signals (in fact, if someone did see it, they would most likely steal it). In order to locate your iPhone the next time you misplace it, you’ll want to use the Find My iPhone program.

Tap the Settings app on your Home Screen

Before you can use the location services to track your iPhone, you need to enable it in your iPhone’s settings. Find My iPhone requires iOS 5 or later, and Lost Mode requires iOS 6 or later.

Tap the iCloud option

You may be asked to sign in with your Apple ID. If you don’t have an Apple ID, you will need to create one before you can access Find My iPhone. An Apple ID is a free account.

Switch on Find My iPhone

In the iCloud section, there will be a switch labeled Find My iPhone. Slide it so that it displays ON. Your phone will ask you if you want to allow this. Tap Allow to enable it.

Turn on the passcode

You can set your iPhone to lock when the screen is turned off, requiring a 4-digit passcode in order to access the phone. To set the passcode, Return to the Settings menu and select General. In the General menu, select Passcode Lock. Enter the passcode that you would like and confirm.

Enter Passcode

You will be required to enter this passcode to unlock the screen. This will prevent strangers from accessing your data if you lose your phone.

Setting Up A Complex Password

With iOS7 you can set up a complex password to unlock your device. This increases the security of the device significantly and the longer the password the harder it is to crack. It is highly recommended to use a complex password instead of the four digit passcode.  To change the default simple passcode to a complex password just disable the Simple Passcode button shown below.

You will be prompted to enter a complex passcode with the ability to choose from an array of numbers, letters, and special characters. You will be prompted to enter the passcode twice, the first time you tap “Next” to continue and the second time you tap ‘Done.

As is always the case, it’s important to make sure that your passcode is hard for others to guess but easy for you to remember.

After setting up a complex passcode, your new passcode lock screen will look like this, offering up a full text-and-number keyboard for your passcode entry.

Finding Your iPhone

Open the iCloud website

You can access the iCloud website from any internet browser. You will need to log in with your Apple ID and password. Once you are logged in to iCloud, you will be presented with several options.

Open Find My iPhone

The icon looks like a radar image. You will be asked to enter your Apple ID password again. This will open a map interface. The map will load once a device has been located.

  • Alternatively, you can go directly to the Find My iPhone site by visiting icloud.com/find. You will still be required to log in with your Apple ID and password.

 Play a sound on the lost device

If the map indicates that the device is nearby, you can have the device play a loud sound by clicking the Play Sound button in the devices Options window.

Turn on Lost Mode

If your device is truly lost, you can start the Lost Mode process by clicking the button in the device’s Options window.

  • You will be asked to create a passcode if your device does not have one configured already. If you do have a passcode, Lost Mode will activate it even if it’s not set to yet. For example, if you have the passcode set to turn on after 1 hour of inactivity, and you set your phone as Lost after 30 minutes, the device will lock itself.
  • You can add a contact phone number. This should be a number where you can be reached. It will be displayed on your phone’s screen. There will be a button to press on the screen that will automatically call the number that you set.

Display Message

You can also add a personalized message that will be displayed with the phone number.

Turn off Lost Mode

Once you’ve found your device, you can disable Lost Mode by either entering the passcode on the phone, or by clicking Stop Lost Mode in the Find My iPhone website.

Erase your iPhone

If you believe that your phone is stolen or lost for good, you can remotely erase all of the data on your iPhone by clicking the Erase iPhone button in the device Options menu.

  • Erasing data is permanent, so only use this option as a last resort.
  • Using this option will disable GPS tracking of your phone.

Use another iOS device

You can perform the same steps above using the Find My iPhone app on another iOS device, such as an iPad or another iPhone. You will need to enter your Apple ID and password.
The app functions exactly the same as the Find My iPhone website.

Find My iPhone Activation Lock in iOS7

With iOS 7, Find My iPhone includes a new feature called Activation Lock, which is designed to prevent anyone else from using your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch if you ever lose it. It starts working the moment you turn on Find My iPhone in iOS 7. With Activation Lock, your Apple ID and password will be required before anyone can:

  • Turn off Find My iPhone on your device
  • Erase your device
  • Reactivate and use your device

This can help you keep your device secure, even if it is in the wrong hands, and can improve your chances of recovering it. Even if you erase your device remotely, Activation Lock can continue to deter anyone from reactivating your device without your permission. All you need to do is keep Find My iPhone turned on, and remember your Apple ID and password.

How Activation Lock Works

When you enable Find My iPhone on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch running iOS 7, your Apple ID is securely stored on Apple’s activation servers and linked to your device. From that point on, your password will be required before anyone can turn off Find My iPhone on your device, erase your device, or reactivate and use your device.

Activation Lock is enabled automatically when you turn on Find My iPhone in iOS 7, or when you upgrade to iOS 7 from a previous version of iOS that has Find My iPhone already turned on.

To turn on Find My iPhone on your device:

  • Go to Settings.
  • Tap iCloud.
  • Sign in with your Apple ID, if necessary.
  • Turn on Find My iPhone.