Detailed Guide to Find My iPhone from Computer

Well, losing your Phone is quite unfortunate and definitely frustrating but thanks to Apple for the creation of Find my iPhone. Hence, this article is a complete guide for you to trace your iDevices by using Find my iPhone on the computer.

Find My iPhone is a great app which enables you to remotely trace your missing, taken, or misplaced Apple device is it an iPhone, iPad or any other iDevice from Apple, from almost every place, as far as there exists an internet connection to which your phone is connected. Find My iPhone not only help you trace a stolen or missing device, it can as well support in remotely removing your private content that is there on your iPhone so that your information doesn't get into the wrong hands. If you're unsure of how to progress then here we will ride you through the way to trace your device by following some simple instructions.

Before we move any further, let us just tell you what this app is meant to do. With Find My iPhone you can do the following:

  1. Trace your Apple device or your family members’ devices on a map
  2. Ring a tone on your phone to help you find it
  3. Switch to the Lost Mode to lock and trace your iDevice.
  4. Remotely remove all of your private days from the device
  5. Shield your iPhone/iPad with Activation Lock

Part 1: The Premise to use Find My iPhone

The good news is that if your iDevice is missing that doesn’t mean it’s gone forever. So, to be prepared for any unwanted situations and locating your device, you will be required to make some necessary configurations by enabling Find my iPhone. Below are some prerequisites which will help you to trace your phone.

The things that you need to do are:

First and foremost, it is vital that you create an iCloud account

Another extremely critical aspect ist o set up Find My iPhone set up on your phone whenever you buy a new Apple phone or iPad. As once it’s missing then nothing is in your hands and you won’t be able to enable it by any means.

Also, make sure the location services are turned on to trace your device in the future

Lastly, you will need a web-connected computer or device

So, if you have all these prerequisites in place, then you will in no time be able to trace your device.

Part 2: How to access Find My iPhone on a computer?

As already stated, all your Find my iPhone features and permissions should be enabled along with the location services and an internet connection in order to trace your device. All these can only be enabled prior to losing the phone, in case you missed, then there is nothing much that can help you to get it back.

Also, be informed that you can also download and install this Find My iPhone computer app (link opens iTunes) that you can use to trace your devices.

Below is the stepwise tutorial of using Find my iPhone on the computer to trace your iPhone.

If you have a PC accessible, you can effortlessly trace your misplaced iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac on the web via iCloud.com. It's as easy as following these steps:

Step1. Start by opening iCloud.com in any web browser Google Chrome, Mozilla etcetera

Step2. Sign into your iCloud account.

log in icloud

Step3. Tap on Find iPhone in the main menu.

Step4. Tap on All Devices at the top of the screen as shown in the below illustration

all devices

Step5. Tap on the name of the device that you wish to trace

Step6. Now, in order to trace your device, you can zoom in and out on the map to trace it accurately, else you can select from one of the devices in the upper right. Here is a clarification of what each ensures:

1. Play sound –This one Plays a loud sound regardless the status of the phone on vibrate or silent. This is the choice you'll want to make if your device has gone missing around the house or nearby place like restaurant etcetera.

2. Lost mode - If you make this selection, you'll be asked to type a contact number that will be shown on the screen of your device that’s missing. Somebody can then use this number to contact you if they find the device.

3. Erase –Lastly, If you feel you are not going to get you phone back, however, you are concerned about your personal and private information in there, then this option will let you erase all your data in seconds.

find my iphone options

Part 3: What if Find My iPhone can

Well, if you’ve lost all hopes that you can retrieve your phone as you are unable to locate or trace your device, then there are a few things you can do or we suggest you must do to be on the safe side.

erase the iphone

The most important thing that you can do is to erase your phone completely by clicking on the Erase button in iCloud under Find my iPhone. Before you go ahead and select this option, make sure that if you get your phone back somehow you will not be able to get the information back unless you have backed it up.

Also, in case if you think your phone is on the go, then simply tap the green dot showing your phone and then press the rounded arrow in the pop-up screen. This will upgrade the location of the iDevice using the newest GPS data.

Worst case scenario, if Your iPhone Is Offline even if you have enabled find my iPhone, however, doesn’t show up on the map, then it could be that it's turned off, or with no data connection or has its Location Services switched off.

Other things that you can do are:

Check the Notify Me When Found box. Find My iPhone will let you know when your device next links to the Internet so you can trace it

The three choices – Play Sound, Lost Mode, and Erase – are accessible. Use anyone option and the next time the device is linked to the data connection, the option you picked will start working.

Choose Remove from Account

remove from account

So, that’s about it. We hope you are able to use find my iPhone from computer to locate your device easily by using the techniques given above. Do leave us a comment about your experience.

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