The fastest way to find your lost or stolen iPhone


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The moment you realize your iPhone has been lost, or even worse, stolen is terrifying. You quickly realize just how much information is stored on your phone, and the stress is only compounded by the fact that you’re now cut off from the outside world. With services like Apple’s upcoming credit card, the Apple Card, which relies on your iPhone for everything from signup to paying your bill, losing your phone isn’t going to get any less stressful. Not to mention, losing your iPhone means an expensive replacement phone.

There are steps you can take to help reduce the risk of losing a phone, and using Apple’s Find My iPhone (soon to be called just Find My) service is the key to securing and recovering a lost phone.

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But while I have your attention, let’s make sure you have a passcode set up and Find My iPhone enabled so you’ll have the best chance at getting your phone back.

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Be prepared

Set a passcode

Some people view using Face ID or Touch ID as an unnecessary step when using an iPhone. Those people are wrong. Setting a passcode and using your face or fingerprint to protect all of the information on your phone is a vital part of keeping your personal information secure. Just think of all the information on your phone: banking apps, private conversations, the location of your home and office, contacts, emails, photos… the list goes on.

Do you really want a random stranger going through all of that? 

Secure your device by opening Settings > Face ID (or Touch ID) & Passcode and follow the prompts. Scanning your finger or letting Face ID do its magic is a minorinconvenience. And after a few days, the extra step will become part of your routine and you won’t even notice.

Make sure Find My iPhone is enabled

After setting a passcode, double-check that Find My iPhone is turned on. It should be enabled by default, and you’d have to go out of your way to disable it, but it’s always a good idea to double-check right now.

On your iPhone, open the Settings app and tap on your name at the top of the screen. Next, select iCloud and then scroll down and find Find My iPhone. Tap it. If both switches are turned to the On position, you’re all set. If not, turn on both options and leave the settings app.

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Take advantage of Family Sharing

Apple’s Family Sharing service not only saves you money by letting your entire family install a paid app on multiple devices, but it also integrates with Find My iPhone. With Family Sharing set up, you can view the location of all the devices linked to a family member’s Apple ID. Meaning, you can ask a family member to immediately begin looking for your lost iPhone once you realize it’s missing.

Create good habits

The best way to keep your phone secure, especially when you’re traveling or in unfamiliar areas, is to keep a close eye on it and never relax. Be cautious. Overly cautious, even. Don’t keep your phone out in the open where someone can grab it and run off. In the event you do lose your phone, don’t panic! Take a deep breath and remember to use Find My iPhone.

Recover your phone

Find My iPhone is the key

Every single iOS device has Find My iPhone built into the system settings, managed by your iCloud account. Once you realize you’ve lost your phone, the first thing you should do is visit icloud.com/find on a computer.

If you’re not near a computer, you have a couple of options to access Find My iPhone. Either borrow a friend or family member’s iOS device and sign in to the Find My iPhone app, or if you have Family Sharing set up, a member of your family can view your lost device in the Find My iPhone app on their own iOS device……..Read More>>

 

Source:- cnet

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