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In this series on productivity, author Jess Stratton takes you through the latest tools that will help you run your business and life more efficiently. Each installment covers a particular feature or technique in a different online tool, such as Google Apps, Skype, YouTube, Mint.com, Etsy, and more. Check back every Monday for tips on topics from recording and publishing video chats to managing your finances online.
Jess Stratton and here welcome to Monday Productivity Pointers. In the last video, I showed you how to turn on and activate Find My iPhone in iCloud. Today I'm going to show you what you're options are if you accidentally lose your iPhone. You can send a message to the phone or allow it to beep if it's nearby you. You can also physically locate it. It's easy and it's a great feature of the iPhone. All you need is a browser and an internet connection. Let's get started. I'm on a computer right now, and I went to www.icloud.com on my browser right from the computer.
Now, before we can go any further we have to log into iCloud. So I'm going to do that now. When you put in your user name and password, click the right arrow button, to sign in to iCloud.com. Now, on the device, for anything that you setup to sync with iCloud, you'll see here in the browser. But the one I'm interested in right now, is the big Find My iPhone icon. Click on that icon. And will be brought in to find my iPhone. All the green dots that you see on the screen are all the devices that you currently have set up to use either Find My Mac or Find My iPhone.
I can click the Devices button on the top left hand side to see a list of everything. So what I want to do is find the device that I'm actually trying to locate. Now, anything that shows up as being offline means that it's not powered on. As soon as something gets powered on it will attempt to be located. If I'm trying to track my iPhone, I can click it in this list, an I have some options. I can Play a Sound, which is great if I've lost my phone in the house somewhere. It will emit a beeping sound for two minutes.
I can also put my phone in Lost Mode. Clicking Lost Mode, will put in a special mode on the phone itself. The first thing I need to do, is put a phone number where I can be reached. This number is also going to be broadcast to the phone itself. And because your phone is lost, you don't want to put in the number of the phone itself, but an alternate number when you can be reached. Click Next. And now you can put in a message that will be broadcast to the phone along with that number. I'm happy with that message, so I'm going to choose Done.
Now because my phone already has an existing four digit passcode lock, I'm not going to be prompted to put one in. But if it didn't, I would be prompted to create a four digit Pin-code that I will need to use before I can use that phone again. So if you do have to put in a new passcode be sure to write it down. Click Done and now my phone is in Lost Mode. My phone is going to try to be tracked, and I can come here to look for it. Now, once I have found the phone I can click Lost Mode again.
I can choose Stop Lost Mode. What this is going to do, is stop tracking my phone and it's going to remove the message and the phone number prompt. However my phone will still be locked, so I do need that four digit code. Now if I can't find my phone and I'm at my wits end, I can click Erase iPhone. This is going to perform a remote wipe on the phone. Now keep in mind, that if you've setup iCloud to back up your phone on a regular basis. If you do find your phone minutes after you've wiped it, or, even a little longer, you can restore it in minutes.
So that's some more incentive to use iCloud backup. So while I sincerely hope you never ever lose your phone, at least now you know what to do if it should ever get lost or stolen.
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