If you’ve been lucky enough to of received a new iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch for Christmas this year then once the initial excitement has settled, you might be worried in case you lose it. Fortunately, there’s a lot you can do to prevent this from happening, check out the tutorial below and keep you magical device safe.
Find My iPhone
If you misplace your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac, the Find My iPhone app will let you use another iOS device to find it and protect your data.
It’s very simple to install this free app on another iOS device, open it, and sign in with your Apple ID. Find My iPhone will help you locate your missing device on a map.You can then choose to display a message or play a sound, remotely lock your device, or erase your data on it.
There’s also another way to do this, go to Settings on your iPhone, tap iCloud, and enable Find My iPhone. Then if you misplace your iPhone, you can sign in to iCloud.com from any computer web browser or use the Find My iPhone app on another iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to display its approximate location on a map. It’s easy to activate this feature on your iPhone. All it takes is a few easy steps.
Location, Location, Location
Ok, so lets run this scenario, after using Find my iPhone you have now discovered that you have left your iPhone at the dentist. You can now write a message that will display on your iPhone such as ‘hi there, I’ve left my phone with you. Please phone me on 756-238-1987". The message will appear on the screen, even if the screen is locked. You can also choose to send a sound effect too at the same time.
If you’re not sure that you’ve lost your phone in a ‘safe’ place then you might want to add a passcode to protect the contents of your phone. You can do this remotely too.
Just select Remote Lock instead of Send Message, as above.
If you really think your device has fallen into the hands of a stranger then you can remotely wipe all important and personal information from your device, including addresses, phone numbers, emails and photos. The wipe will restore the phone to its factory settings, problem is you won’t be able to locate it as it will also wipe this information. If and when you get your iOS device back you can restore the data using your most recent backup from iCloud or iTunes.