In honor of the thieves who almost got away over 100 smartphones at Coachella a couple of weeks ago, this week’s tip is how to set up and use Find My iPhone. Those thieves were thwarted when a few of the victims used computers and other iOS devices to check Find My iPhone, and discover a man with their devices in his backpack before he could get away. For such a simple and easy to use system, it is a powerful tool that can aid you in finding lost devices, or bringing stolen ones home.
I have heard plenty of accounts of Find My iPhone coming through in a pinch to prevent theft, or to track down a thief after the fact. Apple’s service is solid and reliable enough to be accepted and recognized as a legitimate data source by most police departments, making it the ideal first response tool to retrieve a lost or stolen iPhone. If you have an iPhone or other iOS device and don’t have this feature turned on, why not? If you don’t, you might reconsider after reading the following story.
If the time comes when you want/need to remove your iPhone from Find my iPhone, you have several options available to you. Â The quickest, and easiest way is to do it right from your device. Â To do this on your iPhone, launch Settings–> Apple iD Tab at the top of the page–> iCloud–> Find My iPhone–> Toggle Find my iPhone to the off position.
However, perhaps your iPhone is not currently in your possession, or maybe you sold it and forgot to delete your data and/or turn this feature off. Â No worries, you have additional options available. Â There are two more options that are just as effective at removing your iPhone from the list of tracked devices.