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Install Find iPhone and Stop Losing Your iPhone or iPad

find iphone appAs a technology blogger, I have a ton of apps installed on our iPhones, iPads, iPod Touches and Apple computers.  Out of all of the apps that I’ve put on this phone, 1 app still remains the most used and most useful app.

I am shocked how many people who own iPhones, don’t know about this app. I’ve blogged about this before on Digital Mom Blog – but feel it’s a public service announcement to blog about it again here at Babble.

If you have an iOS device – please for the love of your Apple product – download Find iPhone

What is Find iPhone?

Find iPhone allows you to locate all of your iOS devices (that are connected to the internet).  How is this helpful? Have you ever left your iPhone somewhere and you have no idea where it is.  Maybe this is in your house or at the store.  By enabling Find iPhone – you can find your devices via the Find iPhone app or by going to icloud.com.

If a device is in your house – you can play a sound.  If your iPhone was lost or stolen, you can lock it and if need be, erase all the data on it.

Here is a screen shot of my Find iPhone app showing me where my iPhone is:

find iphone screen shot

Here is a screen shot of the iCloud.com view:

icloud screen shot

You can zoom in on the map down to your street level. It’s funny, I can tell what area of my house the devices are located because of where the dot is when I do an extreme zoom in.

I have all of our iOS devices (Macbook Pro, iMac, iPads, iPhones and iPod Touches) all hooked up to my main iCloud account.  At any time, I can see where these devices are located, as long as they are online. You can even see how much battery life is left in the device.

Last week, I had a major panic at Target when my iPhone went missing.  My kid was playing with my iPhone and when loading up the car, I couldn’t find it.  I was able to use Target’s phone, call my husband, have him log on to iCloud and play the noise (over and over).  Low and behold it was in my car. Crisis averted.

Recovering Stolen iPhone

While this most certainly isn’t a guarantee that your iPhone will be recovered, it’s fascinating to read how stolen iPhones and iPads have been recovered or found due to this app..

Locate Your Husband

I promise I don’t stalk my husband, I’ve told him I use this so I don’t sound like a total creeper!  This app comes in handy in the evenings when I am preparing dinner and need to know if he will be home in time. I hate calling and bugging him as he wraps his day.  The app let’s me see if he is on his way home or still at work.  Thankfully we have a great marriage, I could see this totally being a stalker app though!

Setting Up Find iPhone

Apple has a tutorial that will show you how to easily setup Find iPhone on your iOS devices.  View Tutorial

Have You Used This App?

Molly blogs technology, parenting and geekery at Digital Mom Blog.

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