Lost Your iPhone? There's "Find My iPhone"


First I sent her a text. Then I called her. No response. For three days. I figured she was busy since that’s what a mom with four kids (two of which are under two) is in general. But on Monday I finally called her home phone and left a message, “I’m thinking that there might be something wrong with your cell.”

She called back, “You’re right. I haven’t been able to find my iPhone for days. And now the battery is dead. I just want to know if it’s still in the house… hoping the babies didn’t throw it in the trash!”

Surely there’s an app for that! And there is: Find My iPhone, which of course I installed immediately. Once it’s installed, I can sign on to iCloud from any computer in the world and it will place my missing device on a map. I can also prompt it to play a sound and send a message to my phone, lock it, or wipe all the data — in the event my phone has been absconded!

A friend of mine pointed out that the app can be deleted off the phone by the nepherious character that stole it in the first place. But let’s say it wasn’t stolen by a hooded figure in the night but as in the case of my friend, by a toddler playing house. Or more likely in my case, that it didn’t make the transfer from the car to the house to the purse… you know.

I realize that some people are leery of using this service because well, “why make it easier for them to find you.” Here’s a newsflash: that toothpaste is out of the tube. As in, as soon as I decided to get a cell phone in the first place. It can actually add an element of security, assuming the feds are not out to get you. Here’s a great review on the app’s page:

“To start I am a Sheriffs Deputy, I have this device on my ipad and both my wife’s and my own iphone 4. She recently wrecked our 2009 Dodge Charger in the country with our 6 month old daughter in the carseat. She was knocked unconscious. I could not reach her so i used the app and tracked her phone. I was an on duty officer who thanks to this very app was 1st on scene at my wife’s accident and got her and our daughter the help they needed. Once I had the location I dispatched a medic and assistance while enroute. Thank you thank you Apple. Fyi they are both without serious injuries.”

So yes, Big Brother knows where my iPhone is. As do the cops. Now, I get to join the in-the-know crowd. And if I could just do this for my keys and my other glove….

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