The interface for finding your devices looks a lot like that for finding your friends: a map with a handful of icons showing all your compatible gadgets.
An time you log in to a compatible device with your Apple ID, that device will automatically appear in the Find My Devices list; you can disable the Find My service on individual devices, usually in your iCloud settings. Each entry on the list contains the name of your device, its location and the time it was last located.
Tapping on any device in the list will also tell you the device's battery level along with additional actions you can take. Find My's primary purpose is to help you locate lost devices, whether it's because you left them someplace by accident, they were stolen, or you've simply misplaced them within your own home.
In the last scenario, you can use Find My to force your device to play a sound, even if the device is in silent mode. You can also set a notification to go off when your device is found, which is to say, the next time its location is registered by Find My. That's handy if your device runs out of battery or isn't connected to a Wi-Fi or cellular network.
The next time the device shows up, you'll get a notification telling you that it's been located. In dire circumstances, you can mark a device as lost by tapping the Activate button — useful if you've lost track of your iPhone and don't want someone accessing the sensitive information stored on it. Marking a device as lost will lock it down, disable some sensitive services like Apple Pay and put a message with contact information on the device's lock screen.
It will also start tracking the device's location on your map, showing you a history of all the places it's been seen. You can also opt to receive email notifications with any updates.
This wikiHow teaches you how to use an iPhone's built-in GPS and native enables you to find your iPhone's location using another device. Is your iPhone stolen or lost and there is no other option tracking the device using the Step 5: Click on the iCloud logo in the "My Devices" box in the upper left.
Finally, if you've given up hope that you'll ever see the device again, you can remotely erase it, making sure that your data stays safe and secure. Just tap the Erase This Device button, but be forewarned: once your device erased, you won't be able to track it anymore. So far, we've just focused on what Find My can currently do, based on our experience using the iOS 13 beta.
But a number of reports suggest that Apple has bigger plans for Find My, including making it a one-stop app for tracking other items beyond just people and iPhones. Those reports, based on code in various iOS 13 builds, suggest that Apple will release its own tracker , a circular accessory with a replaceable battery that you can attach to a key chain, wallet or backpack.
You'll then be able to pinpoint the location of any object attached to that tracker through the Find My app. Key finders like the Tile Pro work under the same principle, only in this case, Apple would control both the hardware and the software.
Could Find My's powers extend beyond just tracking your iPhone and friends? We'll find out soon enough when Apple holds its Sept. Tom's Guide. What Find My does There are two primary facets to the Find My app, and helpfully each gets their own icon in the toolbar at the bottom of the app: People and Devices. How to find your friends in iOS 13 There are two important things to know about location sharing in iOS: First, sharing a user's location always requires the consent of that user. MORE: What to Do If Your Phone Is Lost or Stolen Swiping up on your contact's card will give you additional options, such as the ability to set location-based Notifications — more on that in a moment — as well as options to add or remove a contact from your favorites, stop sharing your location with them if you are , request they share their location with you if they're not , or remove them from your Find My list entirely.
Image credit: Tom's Guide.
After all, no child is safe if left to their own devices. Better to let them know as soon as possible that they should let others be responsible for their wellbeing. Luckily, iOS has a bunch of neat, easy-to-use, and mostly non-creepy tracking tools built in. There are three main ways to use location to keep an eye on your kids. One is to just look them up in the Find My Friends app. Another is to check their location from inside a shared Family iMessage thread.
And you can also use location data to find and secure their iPhone when they lose it.
Because they will lose it. The GPS part of the equation is strictly a private affair, done on the phone, by scanning then heavens for blips transmitted blindly from satellites. GPS alone cannot be used to track someone, despite what one million TV cop shows tell us.
It will stay enabled as long as your device is in Lost Mode. Mark As Lost. If I have lost one iPad, but I have another one. Speaking more specifically, tracking your iPhone or whatever is important to you has never been so easy. I really hope this article helps you find your lost iPhone, iPad or Mac.
If they have an iPhone and an iPad, for example, you can make suer location is shared from the iPhone. You can also choose which family members can see their location.
In the case of a kid, you might want to let parents, and brothers and sisters all see the data. Although this might make games of hide and seek rather short. The most obvious way to track your offspring is to open up the Find My Friends app.
When you launch this app, it shows you a map, with pulsing dots showing the location of anyone who has allowed you to stalk them. You can also check locations from within the Messages app.
If you do it in a shared thread, you will see everyone who has enabled location sharing from their own device. One day your child will lose their iPhone. Step one is to download the Find My iPhone app to your own device. Launch it, and sign into your iCloud account your Apple ID , if prompted.