Losing your iPhone can be a nightmare and incredibly panic-inducing. When you realize you’ve lost your iPhone, you’re suddenly worried about all the data on it, your banking, and other confidential information, images, videos, phone numbers, and much more.
Things could be a lot worse than you think if your iPhone didn’t have a passcode or your Face ID registered to it. Several studies have analysed the best ways to track an iPhone location using a phone number.
This article will dive into the ways in which you can find a lost iPhone. TherHowever, before that, we’re going to list a few things you should always do as good practice to keep your iPhone safe even if it’s lost or gets stolen.
Best Practices to Keep Your iPhone Data Safe
Always Password Protect your iPhone
Keeping your phone password protected is key to ensuring your data isn’t stolen. Even if someone manages to get their hands on your iPhone, setting up a strong passcode ensures that the combination you use isn’t easy to crack or guess. A few such examples would be combinations like 1234, 1111, or 5678. On the other hand, random combinations like 5850 or 4729 are far harder to guess.
Ensure to Set Up Your Face ID
iPhones also give you the option to set up your Face ID to ensure that only you can unlock your smartphone when needed. Face ID also helps eliminate the possibility that someone might successfully guess your iPhone’s passcode to access your data. With face recognition, there’s no way a thief can open your device to steal your information.
Ensure that You’ve Enabled Find My iPhone
Enabling Find My iPhone is one of the best ways to ensure that you can track your iPhone if you ever lost it or find that it’s been stolen. The steps to enable this are as follows:
- Open ‘Settings’
- Click on Find My > Find My iPhone
- Turn on Find My iPhone
- Turn on the switches next to Find My Network and Send Last Location
Never Keep Your iPhone Out of Sight.
Losing your phone is as easy as not keeping it in your line of sight for as little as a minute or two, as anyone with an eye on your device can take the opportunity to steal it. As such, the best thing to do is always to keep a close eye on it and never leave it out of sight.
The best thing is to always keep it in your pocket or your backpack or shoulder bag. This way, you can ensure that the chances of someone being able to open it up to steal your phone are much lower.
How to Find a Lost iPhone with a Phone Number
There are various ways in which you can track a lost iPhone with a phone number.
Track an iPhone’s Location Using Find My iPhone.
Now that you’ve enabled Find My iPhone on your device, this makes it easy to track your device in the event that you lose it or it gets stolen. Given below are the steps to track your iPhone with this in-built feature:
- Open Find My iPhone
- Log in to the device’s iCloud credentials
- You’ll now be able to track the device’s last know location before it was turned off.
While this method might not help you find your device after it’s been turned off, it can still lead you to its last known location before it was turned off.
Apart from using this feature to locate your iPhone, you can also use it to remotely lock the device to prevent the thief from accessing your data in the event that it didn’t have a passcode or Face ID set up.
Use a Location Tracking App to Find Your iPhone.
If using Find My iPhone doesn’t prove successful, you can also install a GPS tracking app on your device remotely. The market is flooded with several location tracking applications, but finding the right one can be a nightmare. While you’ll easily find several free apps, most of them can’t guarantee positive results.
On the contrary, several high-quality paid apps can easily help you track your lost iPhone. Most of them can be installed on your device remotely using just your iCloud credentials, without needing your device to be jailbroken either.
Once you’ve downloaded this app, you can then access the accompanying online dashboard or control panel to track the device’s exact location at any point in time. Additionally, you can also use these apps to see who the thief calls or texts using your phone or anything he or she searches for on the web.
This is what the online dashboard looks like –
File a Complaint With the Police
If nothing works, your last resort is to file a complaint with the police. While you can’t be guaranteed of finding your iPhone, at least you’ll know that the police are doing their best to ensure they find the thief as soon as possible, this preventing him or her from stealing any of your data.
These are some of the best ways to track your lost iPhone. Keep these in mind, along with the other practices listed above, to ensure that you either don’t lose your iPhone or at least keep your data safe even if you do.