How to Find Lost or Stolen iPhone


Have you lost or misplaced your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch? You can now use the find my app to locate your device. Losing our phone is a nerve wracking experience. Our phones are like our most needed partners which we need for everything in our day to day life. Have you misplaced any of your devices such as iPhone, iPod or iPad?

You don't have to worry until you have 'Find my app' which will make your life easy by locating your device even if it is stolen or lying under your couch.


Have you come across this app earlier and downloaded it on your device? If you don't then let's take a look at how to get 'Find my app' and learn how to set it up. Below are the settings.

Methods to Find Lost or Stolen iPhone

Open the find my app

There were these two apps that existed in the iPhone called find my iPhone and find by friend. But these two are no more as the iPhone introduced find my app as a replacement which is a combination of both. Find my app can be used to identify any of your Apple devices that you own. The app also allows you to find the direction of your device to get to the exact location and you can lock your device immediately before you get to the location.

What do you do when your iPhone, iPod or iPad is stolen? The first thing you should do is open 'find my app' on another device that you own or you can borrow from someone and sign into your account. To go further there are two ways you can find your device. Let's take a look.

Use another Apple device

If any of your devices such as iPhone, iPad or iPod went missing you can locate your phone by using another device. It would be easy if you own another apple device or you can borrow your friend's device.

This app is already available in any Apple device which is running on iOS, iPad OS or Mac OS. If you can't find this stock app in your device head to spotlight to search for the function.


Once you open the find my app. Head to 'Device' option which will show all the apple devices that are linked to your apple ID.

Use the iCloud website

What do you do when you don't have another Apple device around to access 'Find my' app? In this case you can access the iCloud site using any other non Apple device. You can borrow anyone else's phone to do this but please make sure you sign out from your iCloud account after you are done for security purposes.


Once you have another device you can go to the web browser and sign into iCloud.com using the Apple ID. Next to view all your connected devices, tap the 'Find iPhone' button. Follow the same even if you are using the web version on a computer. This is how you find out the location of your stolen or lost iPhone device.

View last known location

After you open Find my' app you can log onto the Apple ID account. Next the app will show you a map with all the location of your devices. All the devices such as iPhone, iPod, Mac, AirPod etc... will appear on the map pinned if they are connected to your apple ID.


If your lost phone is within a few hundred feets then it is easy to locate as it will show the accurate location. To find the exact location WiFi or Bluetooth signal is used to detect the location of your device.

If you want to search your device but your 'Find my' app displays a black screen then that means your find my app is offline. In this case it will only show the last location when your device was online. Unfortunately you wouldn't be able to find it if your device was turned off by someone or it runs out of battery.
Your iPhone, iPad, iPod or Mac will be only available in your find my phone if you have already enabled it in the missing device settings. Since Apple has my device option already enabled you won't have an issue until by mistake you signed out of your apple ID from your device for some reason.

You cannot use find my iPhone to locate your device if you have not enabled it in the setting. If it is turned off you won't be able to find your device at all and also it won't even show that the device is offline.

Get a notification when offline device turns up

Have you lost your phone and you are unable to locate it as it is offline? If this is the case you can get the location of your lost iPhone, iPod or iPad by suggesting the find my device to notify you when your device is turned on, if it is connected by any WiFi from nearby or if your Bluetooth is turned on.

To get the notification you have to head to find my app and select your device which is appearing offline. Next you have to scroll down which will show more options and under the 'Notifications' you have to tap 'Notify when found'.


This feature will locate your device by sending you a notification of the location when your device is turned on or online and also you will get an email from Apple which will let you know where your device is.

Get direction to missing or lost device

Finding your iPhone, iPod or iPads location gets easy if your device is online. You simply have to go to find my app and get the directions.

To get this setting enabled you have to open your find my device app and then click the 'Direction'. This will allow you to find my app to open your map and direct it to your phone's location from your current location. Make sure you don't try to recover your device if your iPhone, iPad or iPod is stolen by someone. If you knew it was stolen then call the police immediately and switch on the lost mode. Now you can tell the police where your device is located.


Play a sound to find the device

Find my phone can precisely locate your phone if it was misplaced somewhere in your office, home or super market but if your device is under the couch or somewhere underneath your cloth pile it would get a little hard to get the exact location of your device as my app finds it hard to detect indefinite location of your missing device. This makes it a bit hard to get to your device.

To find your device such as iPhone, iPad or iPod touch easily you can use a noise alert. So a loud alert will notify you when your device is somewhere nearby which is making it favorable.

To enable sound, go to find my app and select 'Play sound'. Enable this option so if the device is misplaced you will get the sound and the sound will be increased little by little until you get to the phone and turn it off yourself.


Enable lost mode if you can't find the lost device

Sometimes it gets harder to locate your iPhone, iPad, or iPod instantly so it's better you enable this feature called 'Lost mode'.

There's so many advantages of using lost mode. Lost mode right away blocks apple pay before someone attempts to use it and blocks your device. In case you don't have a password in your device then lost mode allows you to set a password immediately. One interesting feature is that this app allows you to display a message on your lost device. You can send a message which can convey a message saying that this phone belongs to you so if anyone has it with them they can hand it over to your. This message will show on your screen.

Do you know that if you have the lost mode enabled in your device then it's so secure that no one will be able to access your device as they wouldn't know your password.

If you want to enable this feature then you have to head to 'Find my' then to show more information you have to swipe it up. Now you will find an option called 'Lost mode', tap 'Activate' in this section.


Now you have the privilege of creating a password and type a message which will show on the screen. Now the person who finds your iPhone can read the message.

This allows you to keep your data safe but doesn't delete anything from your device also even if you recover your device you don't have to worry about losing your data. You can disable lost mode using your password which is very safe.

Only erase your device if you can't find it

If you are unable to find your device then there's this option where you can delete all your data completely. Using find my app you can erase all the data from your iPhone, iPod or iPad. Please make sure you use this option only if you are certain that you will not get your iPhone back.

One thing that you should know is that once you clear your iPhone data you cannot track your device location anymore. The advantage of using this mode is that no one can open your device because it is protected with activation lock with your apple ID. Note that you will never be able to get your iPhone since you can't find my app to locate your device.

Always be cautious before using this mode as you know your device is never recoverable again.

Things to do if your iPhone is lost or stolen

One of the convenient way to find the location of your iPhone, iPod or iPad is by using 'Find my' app. There are also so many other options and tools you use to find your lost device.

The first thing you should be doing if you lost your iPhone is to check your Google timeline or you can also ask your friend to ring your phone so that you can detect your phone by the ringing tone. When nothing works then you can try the 'Find my app' which is so handy. Above we looked at all the ways to locate your devices. Make sure you have enabled all these options in your device. You can try these tips to get your Apple device back.