Tuesday, January 25, 2011

iOS App of the Day: Find My iPhone

"Can you ring my phone?"  How many times have you had to tell your friends or family to do this?  Misplaced your phone?  Can't remember where you left it?  Was it stolen?

Since the iPhone 4 came out, there have been millions of units sold... and millions have been lost and/or stolen as well. (This is an unsubstantiated number of lost/stolen iPhones I made up for the purposes of dramatization for this entry only)

How do you begin to locate your iPhone 4?  Well, Apple has conveniently created an app called Find My iPhone to help you begin your search.

Install the app on your iOS device (This only works on the current generation of iOS devices: iPhone 4, iPod Touch 4, and iPad)

If you don't have a MobileMe account, the app will ask you to create one, you can use your iTunes Account info.  Signing up is free, as is the Find My iPhone service.  It is the only component of the MobileMe service that Apple provides for free.  For older iOS devices running 3.1.3, the paid MobileMe service is required.  I haven't tested it on my older iPod Touch so I can't confirm this personally.

If you lose or misplace your iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad, you can find it by logging into Find My iPhone on another iOS device.

A list of available devices registered under your account will show up.

Simply tap on the device you want to find, and you will be given a set of options of what to do:

-View on Map
-Lock the device
-Erase all data on the device
-Beep and send a message to the device

If you have a compatible iOS device, this is a pretty useful app!

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