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Using Find My iPhone

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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 for all owners of current iOS devices from the iPhone 4 and fourth generation iPod touch and later, there's really no reason to not 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.

Using Find My iPhone

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 for all owners of current iOS devices from the iPhone 4 and fourth generation iPod touch and later, there's really no reason to not 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 set up the device to use Find My iPhone. Start by tapping Settings, then go to iCloud. If you're a subscriber to iCloud and have already previously set up your account, you'll find the Find My iPhone switch near the bottom of the screen here. If you haven't signed in yet, sign in to iCloud with your Apple ID. Then just make sure Find My iPhone is switched on. Now if you don't have an iCloud account, see the movie in Chapter 1 on how to create an Apple ID, and then go to icloud.com on your computer's web browser to create your iCloud account.

But once you have turned on Find My iPhone, that's it, you can forget about it until the day you lose or misplace your phone. So if it ever happens that you lose your phone or even simply misplace it somewhere in your home or office, go to icloud.com 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. If you have multiple devices, they'll be listed under the Devices button here, and you can select the one you want to locate. 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 will be slightly less accurate but you should still be able to get the general area 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 phone is misplaced at home with you or somewhere else. The display in the upper-right corner of the map tells you how long ago your device was located and it shows you its 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 that it works even if you left your phone in Silent mode. I can't tell you how many times I've used this feature just to find where I left my 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. And you can tap OK on your phone once you find it. The next button here is Lost mode. This is when you've actually lost your phone and want to protect it from being used by someone who just picks it up.

Click Lost mode and you'll be prompted to enter a four-digit passcode. This allows you to immediately lock your phone in case you don't already use the Passcode feature. You'll be asked to confirm your passcode. Now if your phone is already protected by a Passcode, you'll see this next screen here first. This is where you can enter a number where anyone who finds your phone can reach you. You can also type a short message or leave the default message here, click Done, and in a few seconds, the message appears on your phone, including a button that lets a person finding your phone call you directly.

Notice when I try to unlock the phone right now, I'm prompted to enter a Passcode. So the only thing someone finding this phone can do with it at this point is call me. They can't get into the phone without the Passcode. 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. The last button here is Erase iPhone. This is for when you have pretty much exhausted all your options, and you just want to make sure whoever found or stole your phone can't get to any of the data stored on it.

Just click Erase iPhone. 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. Beware that this can't be undone, so if you're sure you want or need to do this, enter your Apple ID's password and then click Erase. I'm going to cancel that since my phone is currently sitting safe and sound next to me. Now the semi-good news is that even after you've wiped your phone, if you happen to find it or it gets returned to you, you can still sync it to your computer again and the backup, that was created the last time you synced, will be copied back to your phone. It's also worth mentioning here that if you have more than one iPhone, 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 here it's offered in a handy app form. Just make sure that on all your devices, Find My iPhone is turned on under Settings>iCloud. Then on any other iPhone or iPod touch on which you've installed the Find My iPhone App, you can start up the app, enter your Apple ID and Password and sign in. In a moment, you'll see a list of all the iPhones and iPads registered to your iCloud account. Just tap one of your devices to see its location on a map.

At the bottom of the screen, you'll find the same features we just looked at on the iCloud's site for playing a sound, lost mode or erasing your device. So 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 to 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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iPhone and iPod touch iOS 6 Essential Training

129 video lessons · 17555 viewers

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  1. 1m 21s
    1. Welcome
      1m 21s
  2. 45m 36s
    1. A tour around the iPhone and iPod touch
      6m 33s
    2. The Home screen and Home button
      2m 49s
    3. Organizing apps on the Home screen with folders
      1m 10s
    4. Running apps and multitasking
      3m 59s
    5. Choosing and controlling your sounds
      4m 36s
    6. Learning finger gestures
      3m 36s
    7. Connecting to wi-fi networks
      3m 12s
    8. Using the Notification Center
      3m 48s
    9. Using Twitter and Facebook
      4m 37s
    10. Charging the iPhone or iPod touch
      3m 31s
    11. Setting up an Apple ID account on an iPhone or iPod touch
      3m 18s
    12. Printing from an iPhone using AirPrint
      2m 11s
    13. Displaying the iPhone screen on a TV
      2m 16s
  3. 19m 19s
    1. Understanding the keyless keyboard
      3m 10s
    2. Fixing typos and trusting autocorrection
      6m 59s
    3. Exploring Select, Cut, Copy, and Paste
      2m 12s
    4. Hidden shortcuts
      1m 28s
    5. Syncing a Bluetooth keyboard
      2m 9s
    6. Adding international and emoji keyboards
      3m 21s
  4. 37m 35s
    1. Getting the latest version of iTunes
      1m 49s
    2. Connecting your iPhone to your Mac or PC
      4m 27s
    3. Syncing music, movies, and ringtones
      7m 5s
    4. Syncing photos from a Mac
      5m 2s
    5. Syncing photos from a PC
      2m 59s
    6. Syncing contacts and calendars from a Mac
      3m 7s
    7. Syncing contacts and calendars from a PC
      3m 9s
    8. Backup options
      3m 25s
    9. Wireless syncing
      2m 33s
    10. Using iTunes Match
      3m 59s
  5. 1h 2m
    1. Basic phone activities
      2m 56s
    2. Adding and managing favorites
      3m 0s
    3. Accessing voicemail
      3m 59s
    4. Receiving calls
      5m 31s
    5. Using the iPhone during a call
      5m 21s
    6. Using FaceTime
      4m 49s
    7. Making conference calls
      2m 52s
    8. Adding recent calls to your contacts
      1m 46s
    9. Sharing contacts
      2m 46s
    10. Assigning specific photos and ringtones to your contacts
      3m 20s
    11. Using the included headset
      2m 42s
    12. Using a Bluetooth headset
      3m 33s
    13. Forwarding calls
      1m 47s
    14. Turning Call Waiting on and off
      1m 13s
    15. Turning Caller ID on and off
      1m 19s
    16. Creating custom ringtones with iTunes
      5m 53s
    17. Texting and using iMessages
      9m 52s
  6. 36m 25s
    1. Importing email accounts from your computer
      2m 0s
    2. Setting up Exchange, iCloud, Gmail, Yahoo!, Hotmail, or AOL email accounts
      3m 36s
    3. Setting up other types of email accounts
      2m 10s
    4. Keeping your iPhone or iPod touch email synced with your computer
      5m 4s
    5. Composing email
      4m 6s
    6. Receiving and reading email
      7m 4s
    7. Assigning VIPs
      2m 41s
    8. Searching your mailboxes
      2m 56s
    9. Setting mail options
      6m 48s
  7. 31m 42s
    1. Web browsing with Safari
      7m 28s
    2. Saving bookmarks and viewing the History list
      5m 15s
    3. Saving images
      2m 41s
    4. Filling out forms and using AutoFill
      4m 4s
    5. Creating web clips
      2m 30s
    6. Using Reader and the Reading List
      2m 37s
    7. Creating a personal hotspot
      3m 59s
    8. Using iCloud tabs
      3m 8s
  8. 28m 3s
    1. Browsing your library
      2m 43s
    2. Playing and controlling music
      6m 20s
    3. Playing and controlling video
      3m 34s
    4. Using the included earbud controls
      3m 36s
    5. Adjusting your iPod settings
      5m 0s
    6. Browsing and buying with the iTunes app
      3m 37s
    7. Using AirPlay to stream content wirelessly from an iPhone to an Apple TV or AirPort Express
      3m 13s
  9. 50m 59s
    1. Shooting still photos with your iPhone
      8m 0s
    2. Improving your photos using HDR and gridlines
      3m 19s
    3. Shooting panoramas
      2m 54s
    4. Viewing and editing still images
      7m 29s
    5. Customizing your wallpaper
      2m 44s
    6. Shooting video
      3m 5s
    7. Viewing and editing video
      2m 52s
    8. Taking screenshots
      1m 19s
    9. Sharing photos and video
      5m 50s
    10. Geotagging your photos
      4m 45s
    11. Creating albums
      2m 16s
    12. Creating a Shared Photo Stream
      6m 26s
  10. 22m 39s
    1. Getting your location with Maps
      4m 20s
    2. Finding addresses and nearby businesses
      3m 11s
    3. Bookmarking locations
      3m 3s
    4. Getting directions
      4m 35s
    5. Showing traffic and alternate maps
      2m 46s
    6. Using 3D and Flyover views
      2m 31s
    7. Using the Compass app
      2m 13s
  11. 19m 26s
    1. Adding events to your calendar
      5m 35s
    2. Subscribing to calendars
      2m 3s
    3. Setting Time Zone Support
      2m 23s
    4. Using the Clock app
      6m 7s
    5. Setting reminders
      3m 18s
  12. 8m 42s
    1. Using the Notes app
      4m 12s
    2. Using the Voice Memos app
      4m 30s
  13. 12m 29s
    1. Passbook
      6m 35s
    2. Stocks
      3m 6s
    3. Calculator
      44s
    4. Weather
      2m 4s
  14. 17m 8s
    1. Browsing the App Store through iTunes
      4m 50s
    2. Browsing the App Store on the iPhone or iPod touch
      5m 9s
    3. Purchasing apps
      6m 24s
    4. Finding app settings
      45s
  15. 22m 41s
    1. Airplane mode
      1m 42s
    2. Wi-Fi
      3m 1s
    3. Do Not Disturb
      3m 16s
    4. About
      2m 32s
    5. Usage
      3m 52s
    6. Date & Time settings
      1m 30s
    7. Restrictions
      3m 25s
    8. Privacy
      3m 23s
  16. 12m 9s
    1. Using Auto-Lock
      1m 15s
    2. Exploring Passcode Lock
      5m 16s
    3. Using Find My iPhone
      5m 38s
  17. 20m 38s
    1. Introducing Siri
      7m 25s
    2. Listening and responding to messages
      2m 37s
    3. Setting reminders
      2m 48s
    4. Dictating in apps
      1m 40s
    5. Voice control for non-Siri-capable iPhones
      6m 8s
  18. 16m 41s
    1. Begin by restarting
      1m 29s
    2. Force-quitting apps
      1m 16s
    3. Rebooting
      45s
    4. Resetting
      1m 47s
    5. Erasing and restoring
      5m 12s
    6. Checking for updates
      1m 27s
    7. Extending battery life
      4m 45s
  19. 32s
    1. Goodbye
      32s

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