How To Use Find My iPhone To Get Your Stolen iPhone Back
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Long story short: my wife had her iPhone stolen when she misplaced it at work. I was instantly able to log into her iCloud account and follow the device all the way back to a residential address, saving her the trouble of searching around the warehouse for a phone that was no longer there. We locked the phone and sent a polite message asking the ‘culprits’ to return it for a (very small) reward, but failing that we had their address to cross-reference on the employee database.

The next day we saw the phone travelling back to her workplace in the early morning, and when she arrived she found the phone had been anonymously returned with no reward asked for.

This story has a happy ending of course, but Apple’s free Find My iPhone service is also able to deal with the less happy outcomes in a way that minimizes your risk for greater losses. Let’s look into the app and see how you can ‘MakeUseOf’ it when your phone is lost or stolen.

So What is Find My iPhone?

Find My iPhone has been a part of Apple’s iCloud service for a while now, and since iOS 8 is enabled by default. It’s not just your mobile device either – if you have a laptop or desktop, the service can keep a rough track on those too (though not with the same level of details, since they don’t have a GPS chip inside). It’s also used to enable Activation Lock, which renders your device useless Buying or Selling a Used iPhone or iPad Running iOS 7? Read This First! Buying or Selling a Used iPhone or iPad Running iOS 7? Read This First! It's no secret that iOS is a secure operating system, but Apple's latest firmware update adds yet another level of protection for consumers. Read More even when a thief tries to wipe it clean.

Here’s my wife’s iPhone, in the process of being stolen (this isn’t their home address, this was on the way).

find my iphone app

I must have it! How do I enable It?

Since iOS 8, Find my iPhone is enabled by default, but it’s a good idea to check in case you’ve accidentally disabled it at some point.

1. Make sure you’ve signed up and enabled iCloud on your device. From Settings > iCloud you can sign up for a new iCloud account, or if you’ve already got an account connected, scroll down and ensure Find My iPhone is toggled to On.

2. Location service must also be enabled, from Settings > Privacy > Location Services > On

iphone settings

It’s also good to enable the Send Last Location option, which will ensure the last known location is stored in case the battery runs low.

3. Scroll down on the same screen to Find my iPhone at the bottom of the list and click through to enable it specifically there.

On a macOS desktop or laptop, you can enable the feature via the iCloud icon in System Preferences.


So Your iPhone was Stolen?

Open up the Find my iPhone app from either any other iOS device (you need to download it from the app store first), or log on to from a computer.

device list

You should see a list of devices registered to your account, and location discovery will begin. Click on the device once it’s been located correctly.

locating and options

You should now see it on a map, along with a list of actions you can take. There are 3 choices:

  • Play Sound. This plays a “sonar” style sound at full volume, even if your device is set on silent mode. This is especially useful if you can’t find your device around your home!
  • Lost mode. This will ask you to enter an alternative phone number at which you can be reached, and will then lock your device with a message to call that number. Note: the option to send a message has been removed. You can only send a contact number.
  • Erase iPhone. This is final and more drastic option. It will initiate a low level format of all your data, leaving it like a fresh iPhone straight from the factory. Be very careful when using this, as you will no longer be able to track, lock, or message this device if you use this option. However, it cannot be re-activated without your iCloud login, so the criminals that stole it will not be able to use your device either.

Your first move should be to activate Lost Mode and prevent any calls from being made. This will stop most thieves from getting at your data, or making premium calls.

Second, follow the device via the GPS signal. We don’t suggest trying to be a hero, however How to Get Your Stolen iPhone Back The Right Way How to Get Your Stolen iPhone Back The Right Way What do you do when your iPhone goes walkies? Do you take a proactive approach or wait for law enforcement to do its thing? Let's discuss. Read More  — you may be placing yourself in danger. If the phone has settled in a specific residential address, your first call should be to the police, but understand they won’t always be willing to help. If that’s the case, there’s very little you can safely do. You should call anyway though to report your device as stolen, and obtain a report or incident number which you’ll need to make an insurance claim. Many home and contents insurance policies cover devices when they’re out of the home, too.

At this point, you’re going to have to gamble. If it was indeed stolen, and the thief is happy to try every one of the 100000 combinations in a 6-digit lock code, your data may be at risk. Use remote wipe as a last option only if you’re confident you won’t get the device back.

Lastly, be sure to phone your mobile provider and lock the SIM. This will prevent them making calls/texts and prevent any further expenses, but it’s not going to get your phone back.

There is one further piece of mind for you: if the thief wipes the phone in an attempt to resell it (or if you initiate the wipe remotely), it cannot be reactivated without your iCloud details. All iPhones with a registered iCloud account are now useless to thieves, meaning the incident rate of iPhone theft should eventually reduce (assuming thieves are savvy enough to know their crime is in vain).

A Solution for Android Users

Not wishing to exclude those inclined to the other mobile OS – Prey How To Prepare Your Laptop For A Case Of Theft How To Prepare Your Laptop For A Case Of Theft The great risk that comes with all portable devices is theft. Not only do you risk losing an expensive piece of hardware, a stolen laptop also contains private and potentially confidential data, for example photos,... Read More is a free service able to track up to 3 devices, and even has the ability to take photos of the thief using the laptop webcam or front camera. Sadly, Find My iPhone doesn’t let you do this, and due to the nature of iOS you won’t find a similar app that does. Prey does offer an iPhone app, but it offers nothing over the built-in iCloud service, so I don’t suggest iOS users should switch unless you want a single solution for multiple devices, and even then, you should keep Find My iPhone enabled.

Has Find My iPhone helped you? Do you have any experience using Find My iPhone to get your phone back, or even a computer? Let us know in the comments, I’d love to hear how it worked out for you.

Article updated by James Bruce on October 27, 2016

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  1. jz
    January 14, 2017 at 7:20 pm

    i found my i phone using "find my i phone" and got it back but now its locked how can i reactivate it again help me please

  2. Stacey F
    October 20, 2016 at 2:42 am

    My daughter freaked that she couldn't find her phone 3 hours into our trip to her college. So we used the "find my iPhone" and saw that her phone was with us, not at home, 3 hours away.

    Another time I couldn't find my phone. I was at work in NYC. I used the "find my iPhone". It was at the train station. I called the lost and found. They said I had to go there. 45 mins away. But, I took the subway back to the train station and they found my phone!!! Yay!!!

    I also used it when my daughter drove to Florida. I could see where she was. I could be a bit less freaked out that she was driving so far by herself.

    It's a great feature!

  3. Bunsee
    October 6, 2016 at 6:47 am

    Reported stolen.
    Tracked the iPhone, police say they can do nothing

  4. Bunsee
    October 6, 2016 at 6:45 am

    Police say they can do nothing

  5. Michelle
    September 10, 2016 at 5:19 pm

    Hello my boyfriend found a mini iPad around new Year's and we have no clue who the owner is. We went to try to use it and they have an activation lock on it. With this to find there iPad but they never tried to contact us. I'm trying to find a way to take this off so we can use it. Is there anyway? Of course we don't know what the Apple ID is or there password since we found it. So how can I take it off?

    • James Bruce
      September 11, 2016 at 7:25 am

      You can't. If you could, it would be a useless anti-theft measure. Best thing would be to hand it into the police as lost property.

    • jz
      January 14, 2017 at 7:30 pm

      you can post a picture of it with information about where you found it and when , maybe some one will recognize it or the ones who lost it will try to contact you ,, give it a try on face book and twitter people will re tweet and share the post ,, maybe its for a little kid and you'll make him happy if you return it back think of it please :)

  6. Tracey
    July 31, 2016 at 8:32 pm

    I had my laptop bag containing laptop and iPad mini stolen from the boot of my car while I was at the side of the car seeing to my 2 young children yesterday.
    My iPad is only wifi, has a pin when you swipe it on and registered for iCloud and find my iPhone, so it is currently showing as offline. From reading your comments are you saying that when the thief gets it reformatted the find my iPhone function will be gone? I thought it would stay registered to that device?

    • James Bruce
      August 1, 2016 at 7:54 am

      If it was connected to your iCloud account, they won't be able to wipe it without your login details, so it is now useless to them. It's unlikely you'll be able to find it, since it was Wi-Fi only, but at least they won't be able to use it.

  7. Roy Futt
    January 22, 2016 at 1:37 am

    I lost my IPAD Air and Im having trouble locating it. I cant remember if Set up icloud. When I went into the icloud account there was no ipad attacehd to it.I have my phone number the icloud is attached to . Not sure what to do.

    • James Bruce
      January 22, 2016 at 8:45 am

      Unfortunately, nothing. If you have no devices listed in your iCloud account, then it wasnt set up. If it was a mobile phone, you could report the IMEI and have the device locked, but that wont work for an iPad Air. Take a moment to review the rest of your devices and set them up correctly so it doesnt happen again.

  8. Rushya
    January 9, 2016 at 3:48 pm

    i lost my iphone 4s 1 month ago .. i went to an party with my 10 friends .. we all put our phones on table to play music after some time we all go to outside for 15-20 mins when i came back my phone was stolen .... my all friends phone are there but my phone is not there so i check them all but nothing found today after 1 month i found last location on road i went there but it is highway so ..... how can i find it :??? plz anyone help me .....

  9. Anonymous
    June 11, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    my iphone 5s was was offline for almost 2 months then i recieved a text saying it has been found please login into my icloud account for a location....i did this and it still was offline so i refreshed the page then my iphone dissapeared from my are saying this is not possible.

  10. Sagren
    May 15, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    I was mugged and all my belongings was stolen. my iphone 6 which was never recovered and could not even be traced. Phone is backlisted/blocked. Find my phone show's phone is lock, so their is no way I'm going to find my phone even if it's lock. No use.
    My phone is not even insured. Is their any other way to locate my phone?

  11. gavin
    April 22, 2015 at 10:41 pm

    Do you need authorization from the stolen phone or can you just do it through the phone number

    • James Bruce
      April 23, 2015 at 7:01 am

      You need to have it already enabled on the phone, with your iCloud account. You cannot just track a phone number, no.

  12. Destiny morgan
    April 19, 2015 at 2:56 am

    Find my iPhone is a life saver! I recommend everybody gets this. I was driving my jeep with the doors off and my phone flew out without me knowing. We immediately started tracking my phone and to find out some tweakers had it and we're trying to sell it. Lucky my dad and his friend were able to get it back. Definitely download this app, you'll never know when you'll need it. I certainly never thought this would happen.

  13. Simon
    March 4, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    I left my iPhone 5 on a Virgin America flight. I was connecting back to New Zealand - so got back home and then cancelled the sim with my phone provider and put the phone into lost mode. This was 2 weeks ago and I just received the following e-mail:

    Hi there, for some reason i friend of mine receive and iPhone 5 coming from the USA, this phone is iCloud protected and its linked to your account , i just have on question to you, he wanted to use but of course it depends on you because it was your phone and i dont know how you lost it........question is, would you agree for some reason to erase the iPhone from your iCloud account?? just let me know please....thanks in advance...

    So in translation - Hi - I am in South America and I have your lost iPhone - can you let me use it? Really?!! - I think it's great the way iCloud works and stops thieves from using the phone.

    • James Bruce
      March 5, 2015 at 9:10 am

      Lol - I love that their first thought is "can I keep it?" rather than "how can I get this back to you?" ;)

  14. Thomas
    December 15, 2014 at 10:15 am

    If the phone is in lost mode can they see photos etc?

    • James Bruce
      December 23, 2014 at 9:16 am

      If the lost mode has actually been activated, then it's locked with a passcode and they can;t see anything. However, there's no guarantee the lost mode will have been activated until a data connection is next established.

  15. Addss
    December 12, 2014 at 11:52 pm

    My iPhone was stolen by a (not so close) friend !
    I went last week to a party. Only close and casual friends. At some point we talked and compared some apps between our phones, I locked/unlocked mine several times, in front of the others, they did the same. However, after some time, everyone of us has been engaged in other activities
    At some point I received a call on my other iPhone, and I went outside to be able to understand each other, because it was a pretty loud party ;-)

    Anyway, I left my primary iPhone (for business) on the table.
    When I came back, surprise, my iPhone was missing. Naturally, I suspected a joke or a prank for one of my closest friends. To not embarrass myself, I just tried to use Find my iPhone and see the state of the missing device.
    It was Offline, probably the thief turned it off. I think it was one of us which, when playing around with apps, he saw my LockScreen code when I tapped it to unlock the phone.

    I left the party. after a while, I tried again Find my iPhone.
    Surprise again ! The iPhone was Online but Location Services Off. I tried to put it in Lost mode, but without phone number and message, just to locate, not to alarm the thief. Result was the same, "Online. Location Services Off "

    After one day, no matter how many times I tried, the thief (probably knowing that I have unlimited plan) continued to use my phone and it appears the same, "Online. No Location Available" (on iCloud, on Web Browser window) and "Online. Location Services Off" on Find my iPhone app , on my other iPhone.
    My business phone was iPhone 4S, with iOS 6.1.6 (last iOS 6 update). I didn't upgraded iOS on this one because I needed a quicker response when I receive important calls or updates, mail documents etc. And, indeed , it worked like a charm !

    So not being able to locate and get back my iPhone, I was forced to erase it (at least I hope it was erased OK). As a result, I couldn't locate it anymore.
    Thanks God I had nothing compromising, or business sensitive on that phone! I changed, anyway, all my mail passwords, deleted from iCloud all my reminders and notes etc. Good Bye, good old iPhone !
    I have to mention again, I have unlimited plan, voice and data traffic, so I was not afraid of higher payments, but I thought I should go to the telephone company and request a detailed list of calls after I lost it, maybe I could find a clue, with police help, of course. But I initially thought and trust it would be a breeze to find my iPhone with iCloud, Find my iPhone, Data Roaming, unlimited data traffic if, eventually, it would be lost.
    And I'm absolutely sure I have all of these services active, all my iDevices have the same security settings (of course, Find my iPhone service, send last location, iCloud services, long passwords - all checked)

    But, to be absolutely sure, I tried the same thing on my other (personal, non business) phone. iPhone 4S, iOS 8.1.1, this time.
    So I double-checked all security settings I could and deactivated only Location Services, from Privacy.

    Results were absolutely identical ! Even in Lost Mode, my only left iPhone was impossible to be found via iCloud (Web Browser) or from my iPad, no matter how many times and what I tried, after switching off Location Services (again, GSM/3G/Cellular/EU Internet - active - unlimited data plan, Data Roaming On, WIFI On, only Location Services disabled from Privacy settings).

    ( My only big mistake, I think, was to reveal and use my Lockscreen code in front of my friends. But I thought we are all friends, why wouldn't ?)
    I tried even to put my iPhone outside to have a clear view to satellites for GPS. No change !
    And a major issue (or forgotten maybe, extremely simple feature) is still to not being able to change Lock screen code/password, once it was set already no matter what iOS is installed (6-7-8...)
    So, the big Question remains the same. What is the (REAL) utility of Find my iPhone app/Service, when, just switching off Location Services, even Lost Mode can't remotely enable it ? Contrary to what Apple claims.

    What should I do in the future to avoid a similar situation ? What I missed/messed ? (other than showing my lockscreen code )

    Please help me to understand, anyone who can help me and really knows what he/she's talking about. I'm sick of suppositions, and neverending questions/ideas off topic.

    Thank you !

    P.S. :
    I even put my iPhone outside, under clear sky, for 15 minutes, still nothing new on iCloud.
    Of course, after unlocking my phone (Lost mode deactivated automatically), but still nothing (normal, in this case, without Lost Mode) and turning back ON Location Services, my iPhone was magically found :-). I even received a notice on mail, claiming my iPhone was found near my actual position ;-)

    So, what's wrong with Lost Mode, why it doesn't do what it should ? What I'm doing wrong ??

    Please help me understand. Thank you !

    I found yesterday that my phone was bought by someone identified by the police. They asked me what I want to do. I asked buyer's name, it's nobody I know, I let him in peace, no further complains. I moved on... but disappointed by claimed features in iPhone (regardless iOS 6-8) which are not working at all (at least for me)...

    • James Bruce
      December 14, 2014 at 10:08 am

      How recent was this? I ask because: - using find my iphone would have re-enabled location services. In addition, a locked phone now requires iCloud account access to be used again, even if the SIM card is removed by the thief, so selling it would have been impossible.

      The biggest obvious mistake was showing your lockscreen password, but you know that already. Once they have that full access to your phone, they could change any settings they please and wipe the phone to sell.

      Again, this wouldn't be possible with recent iOS version, but at the time it wasn't that developed.

  16. Tanner
    May 4, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    My girlfriend lost her iphone not too long ago at the gym, called the front desk as soon as we realized (about 30 minutes after leaving) and told them where she left it, they called back and said it wasn't there, went to verzion and they used icould to put on Find my iPhone, tracking said it was at the front desk, showed up no one knew what was going on, tracking then said it was in the mens locker room, the same place the guy i talked to on the phone came out of right as i showed up... coincidence?
    Either way we found it, and the tracking was actually very accurate (iPhone 4)

    • muotechguy
      May 4, 2012 at 3:51 pm

      Good story. No coincidence, I'm sure. Gym staff are but human...

  17. Sophie Maree
    May 1, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    Hey James,

    I contacted my phone company to lock my sim, does that mean that I will never be able to locate my device at all? I set up the locate my iphone after I locked my sim.


    • James Bruce
      May 1, 2012 at 1:41 pm

      You need physical access to a device in order to set up Find my iPhone, so I'm not sure how you would have set that up after it was stolen?

    • James Bruce
      May 1, 2012 at 1:43 pm

      Also.. it wouldn't work anyway. Needs SIM to be active.

  18. Jeremy
    April 27, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    Once you suspend your line through the carrier (verizon in my case) does Find my iPhone still work?

    • James Bruce
      May 1, 2012 at 1:42 pm

      Find my iPhone will display a device as "offline" in this case (quoting apple):

      "Your cellular service has been terminated by your wireless service provider. If you contacted your service provider to report your device lost/stolen before locating/wiping your phone, and they deactivated your SIM card or account, you will no longer be able to locate, display a message on, or remotely wipe your iPhone."

  19. jackie
    April 24, 2012 at 3:17 am

    I lost my phone, i went on iCloud and lock my phone and erase all my information, the only thing i'm wondering is that last time i remember my iCloud is off. so when i erase all my info through find my iPhone does it still work? even when iCloud is off?

    thank you

    • James Bruce
      April 24, 2012 at 11:09 am

      No, iCloud needs to be on for Find my iPhone to work.

  20. MC
    April 23, 2012 at 2:58 am

    I lost/someone stole my iphone. I have Find My Phone installed, but in icloud it says 'offline'. What can I do?


    • muotechguy
      April 23, 2012 at 7:26 am

      Most likely the theif has turned off the phone, or removed the sim-card. Or it's just run out of battery, in which case unfortunately there isn't much you can do. There is a chance they will turn it back on though, so there is an option in find my iphone to "email me when found".

      • MC
        April 23, 2012 at 6:17 pm

        Thanks for the reply. One more question, would you know of any way that I could read texts somehow via online. I would only want to be able to read texts from the time I lost the iphone onwards.

        • muotechguy
          April 23, 2012 at 6:34 pm

          I'm afraid that's not possible, no. You could perhaps ask the phone company for a record of texts, but I think they charge a fee and only do it for law enforcement cases.

    • Jackie
      May 3, 2012 at 6:43 am


      They can go into the settings and turn off the find my iPhone feature too. When Apple sold Mobile Me, and prior to the iCloud change not everyone knew what find my iPhone was. So less of a chance for knowing to go and turn this setting off on the actual devices. Then Apple started offering this for free so since this change many know about this feature. I tried tracking my iPod touch and then realized in my notes i had all my log in info for different accounts or web sites and just did a wipe. I also went and changed all my log in passwords because they could of turned off the find my iPhone and not used it on Wi Fi. It stinks to have so many dishonest individual's. If I were u I would defiantly change all your passwords, especially if your APS and websites are logged into these things on your iPhone.

  21. Cece
    April 20, 2012 at 8:11 am

    How can you get an address? My phone shows that it is at Staples though they claim that no one has turned in my phone. Is it possible that it is in the general vicinity and not at Staples? I was also at a boutique five stores down from Staples but nowhere else. Please let me know. Thank you.

    • muotechguy
      April 20, 2012 at 8:15 am

      You can't get an exact address from GPS unless it's moving or has great reception. If the circle around the phone location is quite large, then it may be anyway within that circle. So yes, anywhere within that circle of vicinity.

      I would say your best bet is to try sending a message to the phone using Find my iPhone - someone will likely notice it and hand it into the store - or steal it, of course, which will at least make it move.

      • Cece
        April 20, 2012 at 8:32 am

        Thanks for the quick reply. That helps a lot.

  22. Jackie
    April 20, 2012 at 12:25 am

    I used find my iPhone for my stolen iPod Touch. My purse was snatched from me at a club, thankfully I did not drive this night because my car keys were in my purse as well. Funny part is my driver's license and credit card were found in the club bathroom and turned in with the empty purse. I'm still unable to locate my device. After reading all these comments I realized I had my passwords and different accounts in my notes on my device. So I have decided to remote wipe the device and change all my information. I do not believe there is hope in finding my iPod touch : (

    • Sophie Maree
      May 1, 2012 at 1:44 pm

      Same thing happened to me just the other day.
      Yet I had an iphone, I thought it had something to do with the sim, but now i'm confussed. What happens if they take the sim card out, can you still locate them?

      • James Bruce
        May 1, 2012 at 1:50 pm

        No. If the SIM is removed, the phone is no longer accessible. iPod Touch doesn't have this requirment, and will attempt to report in when it's next on a WIFI network (if it hasnt been formatted)

  23. Rog
    January 22, 2012 at 1:17 am

    We used Find My IPhone but it stopped tracking - does this mean the phone went into sleep mode?   I assume the minute the phone wakes up we'll be able to get an address where the theif took it

    • James Bruce
      January 23, 2012 at 8:52 am

      Sorry Rog, sounds they removed the SIM card or turned it off. If they removed the SIM, it will no longer be trackable. If they just turned it off, there's a chance it may come back on again. 

  24. Miizobezo
    January 16, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    Thought I lost iphone, called Verizon for help with NO luck. The man wanted to suspend my service and I told him not to just yet. This site helped me find it!!! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! 

    • James Bruce
      January 17, 2012 at 9:47 am

      Glad to hear it!

  25. Mili
    December 9, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    I left my iphone in the taxi and within the half an hour my phone was off even though it was fully charged. I assume someone took it - taxi driver or the customers who used the taxi within this half an hour. I'm checking Icloud everyday but it still seems to be off line. if thief used different sim card would icloud still? just wondering if there is any chance to get my iphone back....

    • Izzibellebee
      January 1, 2012 at 11:47 pm

      Same here...

    • James Bruce
      January 2, 2012 at 9:09 am

      Hi Mili - I'm afraid if the SIM card is changed then it will no longer be trackable. Sounds like they knew what they were doing, and not just opportunistic. Hopefully you had insurance?

  26. James Bruce
    November 9, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    Also, you need a special tool to get the iPhone one out. An opportunistic thief might not have one on them. 

    And like I said, if the thief was that clever, they wouldnt need to steal in the first place. I think you're giving too much credit to petty criminals ;)

  27. Bill
    November 9, 2011 at 5:37 am

    Doesn't removing the SIM negate all these precautions?  Doesn't any thief worth their salt do this first? 

    • James Bruce
      November 9, 2011 at 12:31 pm

      Obviously they dont all do it, or I wouldn't have got my phone back. 

  28. Daniel
    November 8, 2011 at 3:17 am

    would the remote lock prevent the 'thief' from turning the phone off?

    • James Bruce
      November 8, 2011 at 8:31 am

      Nope. Though it would still be locked when they turned it back on, and any outstanding alerts/remote wipes would then be initiated, asssuming they hadn't removed the SIM. 

      Like I said, if they really know what they're doing then nothing is going to stop a thief, but half the time a thief is not clever, or they wouldn't need to steal in the first place. 

  29. James Bruce
    November 7, 2011 at 9:30 am

    I did look at that, but the ability to take photos and request location requires the user to actively accept a request from a push message, which kind of ruins the whole point. It needs to be done covertly, for which no app can currently achieve. Hopefully Apple will program this in natively themselves soon. 

  30. Anonymous
    November 6, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    As for the advice of going to get the phone... it might be easier to just wipe the device remotely, block the sim and get a new phone on the insurance one probably has. Certainly safer, you never know who you'll be dealing with if you're dealing with a thief. It's not worth dying for a measly iPhone. 

    Presumably anyone using iCloud already has their content safe and can restore it to a new iPhone, so make sure you have insurance, let it go and get a new device. No muss, no fuss, no chance of getting hurt for a few bucks. 

    • James Bruce
      November 7, 2011 at 9:31 am

      True, true. Not sure where you're from, but I'm in the UK, so the possibility of a thief having a gun at home is quite remote to me. This might be a more serious consideration in America though, absolutely. 

      • Anonymous
        November 7, 2011 at 6:45 pm

        I'm in Europe, also, and it's similar here to the UK, but even so there is no guarantee a criminal won't turn to violence. It sucks to let someone get away with theft; I might record the person's address once it stopped moving and then inform the police and then wipe the device. The Find my iPhone service is excellent and I use it myself, but the threat of potential violence needed to be mentioned, I think.

        That said, it's just a thing. It might be a bit more of an issue if it wasn't insured against theft, but I'd recommend that and iCloud personally - preventative measures to minimize the loss and write it off rather than trying to "James Bond" it and wind up hurt or something. :)

        • djlilelle
          January 3, 2012 at 8:58 pm

          A SF friend was in Vegas for NYE and had her phone taken from her purse. We've been using iCloud and can clearly see where it is in San Diego. She called the cops and they really can't do anything. Even if we give them the address where it is located. What good is this to actually get your phone back? So frustrating.

        • James Bruce
          January 4, 2012 at 12:41 pm

          That's very odd. Did they give a reason? I mean, you reported it stolen, and told them exactly where it was? Perhaps there are restrictions in America, I'm pretty sure UK police would at least go check it out when shown proof. Perhaps you just spoke with an idiot that one time - maybe call back again, or walk into the police station and kick up a fuss?

    • Khedra B Graham
      December 14, 2014 at 9:05 am

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  31. ChrisG
    November 6, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    I've used Lookout for Android which does a similar thing (and has various anti malware features) but it charges a small monthly fee so I might have to give Prey a go.

    • James Bruce
      November 7, 2011 at 9:33 am

      Thanks for the input Chris. Doesn't look like it takes pictures though, right?

  32. Steve
    November 6, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    "Note, this is also a great way to find your phone at home!"
    There is another way of finding your phone at home. Pick up the landline, dial your mobile number and it will make a sound very similar to when you have an incoming call.. as long as it's not on silent!

    • James Bruce
      November 7, 2011 at 9:33 am

      Right. But, if it is on silent...

      • Adriel Tan
        November 9, 2011 at 8:36 am

        It will still play when on silent mode.....

    • carolina
      December 16, 2014 at 11:31 pm

      Hi everyone, I do hope my post gets read and hopefully helps somebody along the line.i will never forget the help Priest Grace render to me in my marital life. i have been married for 7 years now and my husband and i love each other very dearly . after 7 years of our marriage my husband suddenly change he was having an affair with a lady outside,i notice it then i was praying for divine intervention the thing became more serious i told my pastor about it we prayed but nothing happen. my husband just came home one day he pick up his things and left me and the kids to his mistress outside at this time i was confuse not knowing what to do again because i have lost my husband and my marriage too. i was just checking my mails in the office when i saw someone sharing her testimony on how Priest Grace temple help her out with her marital problems so i contacted the email of priest Grace i told him my problem and i was told to be calm that i have come to the right place that i should fill some information concerning my self i did after 35 minus he called me again congratulating me that my problems will be solve within three days time. he told me what went wrong with my husband and how it happen.that they will restored my marriage but i will make a free donation to their oracle at home anything my heart told me. to my greatest surprise my husband came to my office begging me on his knees that i should find a place in my heart to forgive him i quickly ask him up that i have forgiven him.friends your case is not too hard why don't you give priest Grace a try they work surprises because i know they will also bring back your husband. contact him