Losing your iPhone ($1,000 at Amazon) or having it stolen is one of the worst feelings ever. When you rely on your phones for nearly everything, the idea of being disconnected from the outside world is stressful at the least and terrifying at the most. And with Apple’s recent announcement of the, a credit card relies on an iPhone for everything from sign up to paying your bill, losing your is about to get . There’s also the cost to consider. iPhones are getting — losing your pricey investment isn’t something any of us wants.
There are steps you can take to help reduce the risk of losing a phone, and using Apple’s Find My iPhone service is the key to securing and recovering a lost phone.
But while I have your attention, let’s make sure you have a passcode set up and Find My iPhone enabled to ensure you have the best chance at getting your phone back.
Set a passcode
Some people view usingor Touch ID as an unnecessary step when using an iPhone. Those people are wrong. Setting a passcode and using your face or fingerprint to protect all of the information on your phone is a vital part of keeping your personal information secure. Just think of all the information on your phone: banking apps, private conversations, the location of your home and office, contacts, emails, photos… the list goes on.
Do you really want a random stranger going through all of that?
Secure your device by opening Settings > Face ID (or Touch ID) & Passcode and follow the prompts. Scanning your finger or letting Face ID do its magic is a minorinconvenience. And after a few days, the extra step will become part of your routine and you won’t even notice.
Make sure Find My iPhone is enabled
After setting a passcode, double check that Find My iPhone is turned on. It should be enabled by default, and you’ll have to go out of your way to disable it, but it’s always a good idea to double-check right now.
On your iPhone, open the Settings app and tap on your name at the top of the screen. Next, select iCloud and then scroll down and find Find My iPhone. Tap it. If both switches are turned to the On position, you’re all set. If not, turn on both options and leave the settings app.
Create good habits
The best way to keep your phone secure, especially when you’re traveling or in unfamiliar areas, is to keep a close eye on it and never relax. Be cautious. Overly cautious, even. Don’t keep your phone out in the open where someone can grab it and run off. In the event you do lose your phone, don’t panic! Take a deep breath and remember to use Find My iPhone.
Recover your phone
Find My iPhone is the key
Every single iOS device has Find My iPhone built into the system settings, managed by your iCloud account. Once you realize you’ve lost your phone, the first thing you should do is visit icloud.com/find on a computer.
If you’re not near a computer, you have a couple of options to access Find My iPhone. Either borrow a friend or family member’s iOS device and sign into the Find My iPhone app or if you have Family Sharing set up, a member of your family can view your lost device in the Find My iPhone app on their own iOS device……Read more>>