How to Find a Stolen iPhone
If you’ve ever had your iPhone stolen, you probably remember that sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach. You may also remember how difficult it was to get the phone back and how the whole ordeal dragged on far longer than it should have. But don’t worry; with this guide, you’ll be able to recover your phone without having to go through all of that hassle again!
Step 1: Log In To iCloud
Your stolen iPhone still has your contacts, photos, and all other data. So if you’ve got 2-factor authentication on—and you should—you can log in to iCloud from another device (or if you happen to find someone else’s lost phone) and see if it’s connected. This is a great way to check if your phone is nearby. If not, proceed to step two.
Step 2: Enable Lost Mode
Once you’ve registered your device with iCloud and enabled Lost Mode, if anyone turns on your phone—even if they aren’t logged into your Apple ID—they will be presented with an alert that says, iPhone [insert phone number] has been lost or stolen. Please call [insert your telephone number] to return it. You can cancel Lost Mode at any time. If you do, anyone who finds your device will be able to use it and all of its contents as normal until someone tries to access it in Lost Mode again. At that point, whoever is trying to use it will see the alert.
Step 3: Check if it is online
First, you’ll want to run your stolen device through a service like Lookout. When you log into your account on their website, you’ll be able to see if anyone has logged into your device using their own account and are using it as a GPS tracking app. You’ll also be able to track it on maps and use other features that make it easy for you to find out exactly where your device is at any given time. If your phone isn’t being used by another Lookout user, then it’s time for step two! Check with nearby cell towers: The next thing you need is an active cell tower near where you believe your phone was stolen.
Step 4: Report it
The first thing you need to do when your phone goes missing is contact your wireless provider and report it stolen. This can be done by calling or chatting online with customer service. You’ll have to explain what happened, and there may be other steps you have to take, such as filling out a police report in your area.
Step 5: Use Find My Friends App
Once you’ve signed up for an iCloud account, enable its Find My Friends feature. On iOS, swipe up from your home screen and tap Settings -> iCloud -> Account -> iMessage & FaceTime (for iOS 11). Then switch on Find My Friends. On Android, tap Settings -> Google and tap Google+ then choose Sign in with your existing Google account to activate it.
Step 6: Contact Apple Support
Call Apple’s Customer Support, and tell them you think your device was stolen. Their security team is aware of cases like these, and can help you get to where you need to go. If they see any devices online that match your description, they’ll call or email you with information on how to proceed with recovery. There’s no fee for all of this—not even for finding someone else’s phone.
Best Safety Measures While Using Public Wi-Fi
Public Wi-Fi spots can be found in public places, such as cafes and libraries. They’re often free of charge, which is great news for people with an internet addiction. However, you should use these networks carefully and never log into your personal email accounts. If possible, don’t use your personal devices at all while connected to public Wi-Fi—instead, go through a web browser like Google Chrome on your laptop so that all information will stay anonymous.