How to Find Stolen iPhone/iPad

EelPhone author Alex Scott, 05 October, 2019


When iPhone/iPad was stolen, we should take a quick action to avoid the loss of iDevice data and make sure the security of the information on iPhone/iPad. Report iPhone as a stolen iPhone, and then track stolen iPhone to try to find stolen iPhone/iPad back.

It's inevitable that iPhone/iPad was stolen when we out of state, when we realized, iPhone went away already. What we should do is take a quick action to find back stolen iPhone/iPad as soon as possible. It's too late to find back stolen iPhone/iPad, and all data and card information in iPhone is out of our control once iPhone was stolen. But we should make sure that the Find My iPhone feather on iPhone/iPad was turned on in advance. Do as following:

Part 1: What to Do When iPhone is Stolen

what to do if your iPhone is stolen? Protect the security of iPhone data at first, and then track iPhone to find back stolen iPhone.

Step 1: How to Report iPhone Stolen
Firstly, we should report iPhone as one stolen iPhone, sign in with apple id and password, and from the interface of iCloud, click on Find My iPhone feather, from All Device, select the iDevice you want to report as lost iPhone.
Report stolen iPhone
Once report as stolen iPhone, one message will send to the stolen iPhone, which including the contact of the owner.

Step 2: How to Track a Stolen iPhone
Once report iPhone as a stolen iPhone, from the iCloud interface, we can locate your stolen iPhone on the map even if the Location Services is turned off on stolen iPhone/iPad.
Track a stolen iPhone

Step 3: Play Sound on Stolen iPhone/iPad.
Once report iPhone as a stolen iPhone, from the location map, you can see the stolen iPhone is nearby, on Find My iPhone, click on Play Sound feather, and the stolen iPhone/iPad will play a sound fro about 2 minutes.
But the network should be turned on. Good luck!!
play sound on stolen iPhone
Step 4: Erase iPhone After Several Steps Above Without Effect
For the safety of content and settings on stolen iPhone, when we can't locate the stolen iPhone and find back the stolen iPhone after being stolen, we should erase iPhone/iPad remotely from iCloud in computer or on another device. Go to Find My iPhone feather on iCloud, and then click on Erase iPhone, confirm the operation in the linked email, the confirmation email was sent to the email.
Erase stolen iPhone
But we should inform that after erasing stolen iPhone/iPad from iCloud, all data losing on stolen iPhone, we can't locate stolen iPhone, and can't also play sound on stolen iPhone, so it's the last step when iPhone/iPad was stolen.

Part 2: How to Find Stolen iPhone

In fact we already inferred how to find stolen iPhone from the first part.
Step 1:If iPhone was stole on one bus, and you think the thief is still on the bus, turn to the chauffeur for help, tell the chauffeur that your iPhone was stolen, and can't open the door.

Step 2: Borrow one iPhone, call your stolen iPhone as soon as possible. And sign in with your apple id and password, and then from Find My iPhone feather, click on Play Sound, stolen iPhone will start to play a sound for 2 minutes, but need the network connection on stolen iPhone.

Step 3: Report stole iPhone as a lost mode in iCloud, and the from the map, locate the stolen iPhone. If all tips can't work, you can even tell the driver to drive to the office to find out stolen iPhone/iPad on the bus.

But if not in bus, the location map may help you, but we can't find back mostly because the thief is so professional, they will use the tool to unlock a stolen iPhone passcode as soon as possible, and then reset stolen iPhone.

Part 3: Tips Before iPhone/iPad Was Stolen

1.Make Screen Passcode for iPhone/iPad.
Once bought one iPhone/iPad, set up screen password and apple id for iPhone, the password should be special and unique, but we should remember the password or write down.

2. Open Find My iPhone Feather
It's a very useful feather for iDevice. When Find My iPhone is turned on, activation lock works at the same time, the activation lock can't be unlocked without apple id and password.

3.Backup iPhone/iPad Regularly
Apple offers iTunes and iCloud backup tool for apple users when iPhone was stolen, and we erased stolen iPhone/iPad from iCloud, we can even get back data on stolen iPhone from backup files. So backup iPhone to computer from time to time, it's a good habit.

We can't be sure that iPhone/iPad is safe all along, so we should prepare for the safety. It's lucky if we can find back stolen iPhone/iPad, if can't, we should keep the safety of iPhone data.

Alex Scott

This article was updated on 04 January, 2020