This week, we’re turning the spotlight on iOS. While Apple doesn’t have a search engine (yet) that locates your device with a simple search, they do offer the ability to easily track your iPhone and iPad.
Full instructions after the jump.
“Find my iPhone” is a feature included with any Apple ID (also known as iCloud). However, to use it, you have to turn it on. Chances are you did so while setting up your iDevice (or Mac) for the first time. However, if you’re unsure, you can always double check.
For iOS: Go to Settings > iCloud > Find My iPhone. If the feature is off, tap the switch to activate it.
Lose your device/devices (seriously, don’t do this).
Sign in with the Apple ID connected to your device(s). Click Find My iPhone. Apple will attempt to locate all devices attached to your Apple ID.
If you have multiple Apple devices (like an iPhone and MacBook Pro, say) you can whittle down your search by clicking “All Devices” in the top menu bar and selecting the specfic device your searching for.
From here, you can force the device to ring, lock the device, or erase it. These options are available for both iDevices and Mac computers.
Apple also offers a Find My iPhone app. However, as of the forthcoming iOS 9 (due out Fall 2015), it will come preinstalled with the operating system.
Have a useful tip you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments!