This guide will tell you everything you need to know about using Apple’s Find My app. But first, make sure you have a passcode set up. That way if someone does steal your phone, they won’t have access to a treasure trove of personal info.
On your iPhone, open the Settings app and tap on your name at the top of the screen. Next, tap Find My > Find My iPhone. Make sure that the switch next to Find My iPhone is on, and while you’re there, make sure the switches next to Find My network and Send Last Location are on as well.
If you lose your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch or think it might be stolen, use Find My and protect your data.
1. Look for your iPhone on a map
To find your device, sign in to iCloud.com/find. Or use the Find My app on another Apple device that you own.
If your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch doesn’t appear in the list of devices, Find My was not turned on. But you can still protect your account if Find My was not turned on.
2. Mark your iPhone as Lost or Stolen
When you mark your device as lost, you remotely lock it with a passcode, keeping your information secure. This also disables Apple Pay on the missing device. And you can display a custom message with your contact information on the missing device.
3. Report your missing iPhone to local law enforcement
Police in Nigeria might not really be competent in this but it’s worth a shot. Law enforcement might request the serial number of your device.
4. File a Theft and Loss claim
If your missing iPhone is covered by AppleCare+ with Theft and Loss, file a claim for an iPhone replacement.
5. Remotely erase your iPhone to protect data
After you erase a device, you can’t track its location, so make sure that you no longer need to search for the device. If you have AppleCare+ with Theft and Loss, do not erase your iPhone until your claim has been approved.
7. Remove your missing iPhone from your account
If you have AppleCare+ with Theft and Loss, do not remove your lost iPhone from your account until your claim has been approved.
Go to appleid.apple.com to remove the missing device from your list of trusted devices.
How to Find an iPhone That Is Offline, Dead, or Turned Off
“I lost my iPhone and it’s dead. Can I track it?” When I need to find my dead iPhone, I use the Find My iPhone last known location feature. This feature will help you find a dead iPhone’s last location from before the phone died, which often leads to recovery of the device! We’ll show you the top ways to check the last location of an iPhone.
How to Find My iPhone from Another iPhone – In this case, your friends and family can help you find your lost iPhone by allowing you to log into your device on their iPhone.
How do I track my iPhone if it’s offline or dead and I don’t have an iPad to use?
- Open the Find My app on your friend’s iPhone.
- Select the Me tab.
- Scroll down and tap Help A Friend.
- You will be asked to log into iCloud. If prompted to log in using Touch or Face ID, select Use Different Apple ID at the bottom of the pop-up notification.
- Log in using your own Apple ID and password.
- When prompted to save your password, select Not Now.
- To find your lost iPhone, tap on it in the list of devices that appears at the bottom of the screen.
- The screen will display a circle around the area where your iPhone is located, and will zoom in if necessary.
- You’ll now see several buttons below the map.
- Play Sound is handy when you’re getting close to the lost iPhone and you think you might hear the tone it plays to help you find it.
- Lost Mode will put your iPhone into Lost Mode to help keep your data secure.
- Erase iPhone should only be used if you think your iPhone is permanently lost or stolen, and then only after certain other steps.
- Use the map to locate your iPhone if it’s nearby, or tap on Directions to get Apple Maps directions for your lost iPhone’s location if it’s farther away.
- When you’re finished, tap your name on the top-right corner of the Find My app screen.
- Select Sign Out so that you don’t stay signed in on your friend’s iPhone.