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.
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.
Set a passcode
Some people view usingor 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?