The most important App on the Mac, iPad or iPhone helps you track your device if it’s lost or stolen. It’s called ‘Find My’.
‘Find My’ only works if it is turned on and it needs to be activated on every single device. Use the instructions below to check your devices.
What Does ‘Find My’ Do?
The ‘Find My’ App helps you locate:
- Devices – Macs, iPad, iPhones and Airpods are shown at their last recorded location.
- People – With permission, a person can be tracked. This is useful if you are meeting someone in an area you are both not familiar with. It can be turned off at any time.
- Items – If you have AirTags attached to an item they can be tracked.
You can use the ‘Find My’ App on your devices or log into your iCloud account on a Mac or PC to track items.
How Is This Useful?
After locating a device, you have several options:
Play Sound – This is extremely helpful when you’ve misplaced an item in your house. This can also alert those nearby to the location of a device.
Directions – Provides directions to the last known position of the device.
Notify When Found – When the current location is available you recieve a notification.
Notify When Left Behind – If you forget a a device you’ll be notified when you leave.
Mark As Lost – Marking an item as lost does several things:
- Enables Notify When Found.
- Engages Activation Lock.
- Access now requires Passcode or Password.
- Payment Methods on the device are suspended.
- Lets you leave a message and phone number for anyone who may find the device.
Erase This Device – Secure erase of device content and settings. If ‘Find My’ is turned on, you will still be able to locate the device.
How Do I Turn On ‘Find My’ On My Mac?
On Macs running Catalina 10.15 and above:
- Go to the Black Apple in the top left hand corner and select System Preferences.
- Click on Apple ID.
- Scroll down and place a check mark next to ‘Find My’. You may need to enter your Apple ID and password.
Airpods show up in the ‘Find My’ App on the Mac, iPad or iPhone without the need to do anything.
How Do I Turn On ‘Find My’ On My iPad and iPhone?
- On iPads and iPhones running iOS 13 and above:
- Open Settings.
- Tap on your name.
- Tap on iCloud.
- Scroll down and place a check mark next to ‘Find My’. You may need to enter your Apple ID.
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