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Using Find My iPhone and Activation Lock


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Video: Using Find My iPhone and Activation Lock

Let's face it, iOS devices aren't cheap and if you keep a lot of sensitive information and important appointments on your device, misplacing or losing your phone can be devastating. Fortunately, Apple offers a free service through iCloud called Find My iPhone. Find My iPhone is a great security measure to have in place and since it's free, there's really no reason to set it up, because it offers you the ability to locate your missing or stolen device on a map. As well as perform remote functions like passcode locking it or even completely erasing it all from a regular web browser. Let's take a look at how this works.
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  1. 4m 46s
    1. Welcome
      1m 6s
    2. What's new in iOS 7?
      3m 40s
  2. 55m 30s
    1. A tour of the device
      5m 59s
    2. The Lock and Home screens
      2m 39s
    3. Accessing and using Control Center
      4m 37s
    4. Choosing and controlling your sounds
      5m 24s
    5. Learning finger gestures
      4m 1s
    6. Connecting to Wi-Fi networks
      3m 31s
    7. Using the Notification Center
      5m 41s
    8. Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, and Vimeo integration
      4m 59s
    9. Setting up an Apple ID with your iOS device
      4m 21s
    10. Customizing your wallpaper
      4m 40s
    11. Multitasking
      2m 48s
    12. Sharing files with AirDrop
      2m 53s
    13. Enabling and using Touch ID
      3m 57s
  3. 20m 58s
    1. Understanding the keyless keyboard
      4m 24s
    2. Fixing typos and using autocorrection
      6m 39s
    3. Exploring Select, Cut, Copy, and Paste
      3m 3s
    4. Accessing hidden shortcuts
      1m 40s
    5. Syncing a Bluetooth keyboard
      1m 53s
    6. Adding international and emoji keyboards
      3m 19s
  4. 39m 52s
    1. Connecting your device to your Mac or PC
      5m 37s
    2. Syncing music, movies, and ringtones
      7m 30s
    3. Syncing photos from a Mac
      6m 5s
    4. Syncing photos from a PC
      3m 25s
    5. Syncing contacts and calendars from a Mac
      3m 54s
    6. Syncing contacts and calendars from a PC
      3m 13s
    7. Understanding your backup options
      3m 50s
    8. Using wireless syncing
      2m 24s
    9. Using iTunes Match
      3m 54s
  5. 56m 16s
    1. Basic phone activities
      3m 9s
    2. Adding and managing favorites
      3m 11s
    3. Accessing voicemail
      3m 12s
    4. Receiving calls
      5m 44s
    5. Blocking numbers
      2m 45s
    6. Using the iPhone during a call
      5m 10s
    7. Using FaceTime
      5m 50s
    8. Making conference calls
      3m 1s
    9. Adding recent calls to your contacts
      1m 35s
    10. Sharing contacts
      2m 51s
    11. Assigning photos and ringtones to specific contacts
      3m 34s
    12. Using the included headset
      2m 47s
    13. Using a Bluetooth headset
      3m 34s
    14. Texting and using iMessages
      9m 53s
  6. 39m 0s
    1. Importing email accounts from your computer
      1m 50s
    2. Setting up Exchange, iCloud, Gmail, Yahoo!, or AOL email accounts
      4m 20s
    3. Setting up other types of email accounts
      2m 30s
    4. Keeping your iOS device email synced with your computer
      4m 32s
    5. Composing email
      4m 47s
    6. Receiving and reading email
      9m 22s
    7. Assigning VIPs
      2m 44s
    8. Searching your mailboxes
      1m 51s
    9. Setting mail options
      7m 4s
  7. 33m 34s
    1. Web browsing with Safari
      8m 11s
    2. Saving bookmarks and viewing the History list
      6m 29s
    3. Saving images
      2m 28s
    4. Completing forms and using AutoFill
      4m 34s
    5. Using Reader and the Reading List
      2m 11s
    6. Getting some privacy
      1m 54s
    7. Using iCloud tabs
      3m 43s
    8. Using iCloud Keychain
      4m 4s
  8. 35m 41s
    1. Browsing your library
      3m 6s
    2. Playing and controlling music
      7m 17s
    3. Playing and controlling video
      2m 37s
    4. Using the included earbud controls
      3m 0s
    5. Playing and controlling iTunes Radio
      6m 7s
    6. Adjusting your Music settings
      6m 26s
    7. Browsing and buying with the iTunes app
      4m 8s
    8. Using AirPlay to stream content from your device to an Apple TV
      3m 0s
  9. 51m 12s
    1. Shooting still photos with your device
      6m 48s
    2. Shooting in HDR
      2m 7s
    3. Shooting panoramas
      2m 34s
    4. Viewing, organizing, and editing photos
      9m 45s
    5. Shooting video
      2m 47s
    6. Shooting slow motion (iPhone 5s)
      3m 23s
    7. Shooting in burst mode (iPhone 5s)
      1m 38s
    8. Viewing and editing video
      2m 33s
    9. Taking screenshots
      1m 23s
    10. Sharing photos and video
      6m 27s
    11. Creating albums
      2m 57s
    12. Syncing your photos with a photo stream
      4m 9s
    13. Creating a shared photo stream
      4m 41s
  10. 22m 39s
    1. Getting your location with Maps
      3m 57s
    2. Finding addresses and nearby businesses
      3m 37s
    3. Bookmarking locations
      3m 12s
    4. Getting directions
      4m 15s
    5. Showing traffic and alternative maps
      2m 48s
    6. Using 3D and Flyover views
      2m 34s
    7. Using the Compass app
      2m 16s
  11. 28m 17s
    1. Adding events to your calendar
      10m 55s
    2. Subscribing to calendars
      2m 34s
    3. Setting Time Zone Support
      2m 21s
    4. Using the Clock app
      7m 4s
    5. Setting reminders
      5m 23s
  12. 6m 11s
    1. Using the Notes app
      3m 4s
    2. Using the Voice Memos app
      3m 7s
  13. 11m 48s
    1. Passbook
      6m 6s
    2. Stocks
      2m 32s
    3. Calculator
    4. Weather
      2m 20s
  14. 20m 51s
    1. Browsing the App Store through iTunes
      6m 3s
    2. Browsing the App Store on your iOS device
      6m 15s
    3. Purchasing apps
      7m 24s
    4. Finding app settings
      1m 9s
  15. 25m 38s
    1. Airplane mode
      2m 25s
    2. Wi-Fi
      3m 2s
    3. Do Not Disturb
      4m 7s
    4. The About section
      2m 27s
    5. Usage
      4m 10s
    6. Date & Time settings
      1m 25s
    7. Restrictions
      3m 21s
    8. Privacy
      4m 41s
  16. 14m 28s
    1. Using Auto-Lock
      1m 22s
    2. Using Passcode Lock
      6m 1s
    3. Using Find My iPhone and Activation Lock
      7m 5s
  17. 17m 52s
    1. Introducing Siri
      9m 26s
    2. Listening and responding to messages
      4m 1s
    3. Setting reminders
      2m 51s
    4. Dictating in apps
      1m 34s
  18. 16m 33s
    1. Begin by restarting
      1m 6s
    2. Force-quitting apps
      1m 3s
    3. Rebooting
    4. Resetting
      1m 47s
    5. Erasing and restoring
      4m 32s
    6. Checking for updates
      1m 41s
    7. Optimizing battery life
      5m 41s
  19. 32s
    1. Goodbye

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Get the most out of your new iPhone or iPad. In this course, Garrick Chow provides in-depth instruction on all aspects of the Apple iPhone and iPad: making and receiving calls, emailing, browsing the web, managing your time, getting around town, taking notes, shooting photos, and listening to music. Plus, learn how to install any one of the thousands of apps from the App Store and extend the functionality of your device. Garrick devotes time to the new features in iOS 7, including iCloud Keychain, Control Center, AirDrop, and new Photos organization. The course also includes hands-on demonstrations of how to accurately type and efficiently use finger gestures, and includes tips for setting up the iPhone and iPad so they behave as expected. We also include an extensive section on troubleshooting help when the occasional glitches happen.

Topics include:
  • What's new in iOS 7?
  • Accessing Control Center
  • Setting up an Apple ID
  • Learning finger gestures
  • Selecting, cutting, copying, and pasting text
  • Syncing music, movies, photos, contacts, and calendars with your computer
  • Making and receiving phone calls
  • Setting up email
  • Surfing the web with Safari
  • Playing music
  • Shooting photos and video
  • Finding directions with Maps
  • Setting up events, reminders, and alarms
  • Using Siri to voice control your device
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Using Find My iPhone and Activation Lock

Let's face it, iOS devices aren't cheap and if you keep a lot of sensitive information and important appointments on your device, misplacing or losing your phone can be devastating. Fortunately, Apple offers a free service through iCloud called Find My iPhone. Find My iPhone is a great security measure to have in place and since it's free, there's really no reason to set it up, because it offers you the ability to locate your missing or stolen device on a map. As well as perform remote functions like passcode locking it or even completely erasing it all from a regular web browser. Let's take a look at how this works.

First, we need to make sure the device is set up to use Find My iPhone. Start by tapping Settings. And go to iCloud, if you are subscriber to iCloud and have already previously set up your account to find the, Find My iPhone switch near the bottom of the screen here. You are probably even prompted to turn it on the first time you set up your phone. If Find My iPhone is not on, switch it on. And once it's on, that's pretty much it, you can forget about it until the day you lose or misplace your phone. So if it ever happens that you lose your device or even misplace it somewhere in your home or office. Go to in your web browser and login with your Apple ID.

Then click the Find My iPhone icon. After a moment, a map appears giving you the approximate location of your iPhone or other device. If you have multiple devices, they'll all be listed under All Devices. And here, just select the one you want to locate. Now, if you have, or if you lost it had an iPhone, the location should be just as accurate as when you get your location in the map program on the phone. iPod Touches and Wi-Fi only iPads will be slightly less accurate, but you should still be able to get the general idea of where your device is located within a radius of a few blocks, especially if it's in a location with lots of Wi-Fi signals.

And with the map, you might even be able to tell if your device is misplaced at home with you, or somewhere else. You can click the browser or Refresh button to have iCloud search for your phone again, which might be useful if someone stole your phone and they're driving around with it. This is asking me to sign in again. And with this information, you could potentially let the police know the approximate location of your phone, and there have been several reports of Find My iPhone, leading the police right to the person who stole the phone. The display here in the upper right hand corner tells you how long ago your device was located and shows it's current battery level. Below the image of the device are three buttons.

The first one is Play Sound. This lets you send a command to your iPhone that makes it play a loud pinging sound, and the great thing about this is it works even if you left your phone in silent mode. I can't tell you how many times I used this feature just to find where I left the phone in my house. Just click Play Sound, to immediately make your phone start pinging. As long as your phone is still on, it should start emitting a sound within seconds, and in cases where you know the phone is in your house, you can start wandering around looking for it. So you saw that the alert popped up on my screen there and I tapped OK once I found my phone. Notice I've also received an email telling me that the sound was played on my phone.

This confirms to me that the sound did get through to the phone, which might be useful if the phone is actually lost and you can't find it, at least you'll know that it did make a sound some place and perhaps somebody will find it for you. The next button here is Lost Mode, this is used when you've actually lost your phone and want to protect it from being used by someone else who just picks it up. Click Lost Mode and if your device isn't already pass code locked, you'll be prompted to enter a four digit pass code, confirm it. This allows you to immediately lock your phone. If your phone is already protected by a pass code you'll see this screen first.

Here you can enter a number where anyone who finds your phone can reach you. I'll click Next, we can enter a short message if we want as well. I'll leave the default, this iPhone has been lost please call me. And I'll click Done. And in a few seconds a message appears on your phone. And you can see it has the message and the number here so the person finding my phone can call me directly. Notice when I try to unlock the phone now I'm prompted to enter a passcode. If I tap Cancel, there's really nothing else I can do with this phone at this point. Without the passcode I can't get into it. Now if your phone happens to be turned off at the time you send the message, the message will still appear the next time the phone is turned on.

So, if some honest stranger picks it up and turns it on, they'll see your message and hopefully call you. Now a new feature of iOS 7 is something called Activation Lock. In previous versions of iOS, even if you set your device is lost and remotely added a passcode. Whoever found or took your device could connect it to a computer and iTunes and completely erase the phone, pop in a new SIM card and it would be impossible to find using Find My iPhone. With iOS 7 installed in your device however, anyone who takes your phone can't disable Find My iPhone, can't erase it and can't restore it without knowing both your Apple ID and password.

Apple's been spreading the word about activation lock fairly well and as more people become aware of it. I think it's becoming clear that there's very little incentive to steal an iOS device since you can't just wipe it clean without a username and password. All right, the last button here is Erase iPhone. This is for when you've pretty much exhausted all your options and you just want to make sure that whoever found or stole your device can't get to any of the data stored on it. Just click Erase iPhone. And you'll see this message telling you that this will erase all of your settings and data, and you'll no longer be able to track your phone. Also be aware that this can't be undone.

So if you're sure you want or need to do this, you can click Erase, and you'll be prompted to enter your Apple ID's password. I'm just going to Cancel that for now since my iPhone is currently sitting safe and sound next to me. Now the semi-good news is, even after you've wiped you phone, if you happen to find it or it gets returned to you. You can still sync it to your computer again and the back up that was created the last time you synced will be copied back to your phone. Now it's also worth mentioning here that if you have more than one iOS device, you might want to download the free app called Find My iPhone. This is an app from Apple that offers the same services available through the iCloud website, but it's offered in handy app form.

Just to make sure Find My iPhone is turned on under Settings> iCloud, and again just make sure the Find My iPhone switch is on. Then on any iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch on which you've installed the Find My iPhone app, start the app. Enter your Apple ID and password, and then you'll see a list of all the iPhones, iPads, iPod Touches, and Macs registered to your iCloud account. Just tap one of your devices to see its location on a map. In the upper right-hand corner, you can tap the car icon to open up the Maps app and get driving directions to where your device is located.

At the bottom of the screen tap Actions and you'll find the same features we just looked at on the iCloud site for playing a sound, putting the device into lost mode, or erasing the device. So as you can see, you get the same functionality in this app as you do on the iCloud website. But this is a nicer interface to use when you're on an iPhone and it's a free app so it's worth downloading on your devices, if you have more than one iOS device. Of course if you only have one iPhone, there's no point in installing the app since if you lose your phone, it obviously won't matter if the app is installed on it or not. Okay, so that's a rundown of the services available from Find My iPhone, which again is part of the free iCloud collection of online services from Apple.

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