Recovering a Lost or Stolen iPhone
The first thing we all probably do upon waking up in the morning is check out our iphone 6. So imagine this, you wake up and you don’t have a iphone to check *gasp*. This is a guide to help you locate a lost or stolen iPhone, in case you ever do find yourself in this nightmare of a situation.
You need to protect your data and this should be your number one priority. Chances are, you already know that, so moving on. Sign in to iCloud from a computer system and choose the option that locates your iPhone. You can find its new location on the map. If you cannot locate it and it is somewhere in the premises, you can enable it to play a sound. Sounds easy, right? Now you are wondering if it’s that easy then why are there so many lost phones. Well, this option is only available if Find My iPhone App is enabled on the lost device.
There are other apps that can do a similar job. GadgetTrak is another one which can help you locate your iPhone if it is installed on your phone. Download and install the app, create an account on GadgetTrak and if you ever find yourself in this (horrifying, tragic, absolute ghastly) situation then visit http://trak.me and log in. The map will then deliver the happy news of your phone being remotely located.
LoJack, iHound, Device Locator, If Found+, Phone Trace 4, Monitor Alarm, Navizon and Find My Friend ( This is used for a different purpose but can locate a lost device anyway). These are all apps that can help you locate your lost iPhone for a little fee. If you find yourself in a situation when these apps come to your aid, do not forget to send a silent prayer to the creators of these apps.
Aforementioned ways can only be used if you have a tracking device. What do you do when you don’t have one? You can track your device, lock it remotely and in case of theft, you can wipe the data (Noooo!). Remember how Google and Apple violate your privacy and keep track of your locations. Check Google Location History to check the last time the phone picked up a location on the map and track it. This can be done even if the phone is turned off. Simply visit maps.google.com/locationhistory, set the date to the present day and find the location on the map. If the location keeps changing, then it means it is stolen and you know the exact location. Do not be a hero and get the device back all by yourself despite the unconditional love you might have for it. Contact the authorities and they will help you to get it back.
Once you get it back, first thing to do is to download a tracking app on it. This could probably wait till after you shed happy tears!