Chances are you will have set it up when you first started using your iPhone so it's worth checking whether you can use the service. We have a guide to setting up Find My iPhone at the end of the article. If you don't have an iOS device handy to search for your iPhone using the Find My app, but you do have a friend with an iPhone, here's what to do:. Pre iOS 13 you could just log out of their account and log in to your account using their iPhone, in which case, you can follow the steps in the previous section.
The same goes if you are attempting to track a lost iPhone using a Mac or PC. You can log onto iCloud and access the Find My service there. This is an essential step if your iPhone has been stolen.
If you have Apple Pay set up on your device this will be disabled and any cards set up will be suspended. When if you retrieve the iPhone you will be able to reactivate your cards via iCloud.
Read more about how to use Apple Pay on iPhone here. If you get your iPhone back you should be able to unlock it using your passcode, but if there are any issues you should be able to get it unlocked at an authorised repair centre. There's a great reason to update to iOS 13 - now the Find My service is able to track iPhones and other Apple products using a Bluetooth signal that they produce. This means that even if your iPhone is not connected to the web it will still be able to broadcast it's location to you.
Because hopefully the person who has your iPhone won't have been able to use it without unlocking it, it is likely that it isn't connected to the web, therefore this new Bluetooth method is a great way of tracking the lost device because it can be 'seen' by Bluetooth beacons in shops and so on regardless of whether it is connected to the web. To make sure your iPhone can be found this way you make sure that Offline Mode is enabled, which it should be by default.
Here's how to check:. The last known location of your iPhone will be stored for 24 hours after the battery runs out. This isn't on by default but when you open Find My iPhone on your iPhone you will see an alert asking you to enable it. If you have Send Last Location enabled you will be able to see where your iPhone was when it ran out of battery or was turned off. If you have set up Family Sharing you will be able to locate a family members device using Find My iPhone. Select the device you want to locate. The name of the device appears in the center of the toolbar. Note: If your AirPods are separated from each other, you see only one location at a time on the map.
First, find the one shown on the map and put it in the case. Then refresh the map and find the other one. Update the location: Click the green dot on the map, then click Refresh.
Most of us already know that many apps track our location data to better deliver information about local weather, shops, or movie showtimes. A new report from The New York Times , though, reveals that this data is often frighteningly precise and collected up to 14, times per day. Worse, some apps sell this data to companies who then use it to push hyper-targeted ads to your phones. Fortunately, the report also demonstrates that we iOS users are better protected than our Android counterparts.
Frankly, this seems excessive, but you may have cause for it. Alternatively, you can scroll down one heading and disable Share My Location , a helpful feature that lets you send your exact location to friends through Messages, etc. Share My Location also works with some automations associated with the Home app. Location tracking can be super helpful for certain apps. If an app supports location tracking data, Apple typically asks you at installation if you always want location tracking turned on, if you only want it turned on while using the app, or if you never want to turn it on.
Fortunately, this data is encrypted and it never leaves your phone. Even so, you may want to disable it, particularly if someone you know well can still get in your phone even with the other safeguards. These screenshots highlight the dangers of reading too much into the information.