By Dylan / Last update June 9, 2020

How to find my iPhone?

I remember I have placed iPhone in my house, but I can’t find it at any corner. Is there any way to help me find it?

- Question from An Apple User

Apple always pays attention to user experience. Due to the powerful iOS, every app runs smoothly on iPhone. Apart from this, iPhone’s good-looking appearance is attractive. What if you forget where you place the gadget? Apple has prepared Find My iPhone for you.

Find My

Starting with iOS 8, Find My iPhone has been added to App Store. Users can download it for remote tracking of iOS devices. In iOS 9, it becomes a built-in tool in iPhone Settings. In iOS 13, it is renamed as Find My.

●The app, Find My iPhone, works only if Find My has been enabled on iPhone.
●Find My iPhone could be used to locate iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Mac, Apple Watch, and AirPod.

If your iPhone is lost, you can use another iOS device or sign in iCloud on Web to locate iPhone or let it play a sound so you can find it.

To Enable Find My on the latest iOS 13:

Go to iPhone Settings > [your name] > Select Find My at the bottom > Enable Find My iPhone

How does Find My work for you when iPhone is lost?

After a morning run, you might leave your iPhone on the bench or somewhere else. Find My iPhone will locate the iPhone and navigate you to it. Sometimes you just cannot find your iPhone in the house, so then you can use Find My to locate the iPhone to make sure it’s around you and let it play a sound.

If you have another iOS device signed with the same Apple ID, you can directly use the app to find iPhone. If you want to use your friend’s iPhone to find iPhone, you need to select Help a Friend in the app and sign in to iCloud.

Locate iPhone on the map

When iPhone is connected to network, Find My could help you locate iPhone on the map, so it is suggested to turn on cellular data all the time.

To view the location of the lost iPhone:

Open Find My app on another iOS device or sign in iCloud in the web and select Find iPhone > Select the device tab > select the lost device > select Directions. You can follow the navigation to get your lost iPhone.

Find My iPhone Locate iPhone

Let iPhone play a sound

If you are sure iPhone is around you by positioning it with Find My, you can let your iPhone play a sound so you will easily find it.

To make iPhone play a sound:

Open Find My app on iPhone or on the web > select Devices > select the lost iPhone > select Play Sound.

Find My iPhone Play Sound

Mark iPhone as lost

If you leave iPhone on the bus or other places, you can use Find My to mark it as lost and leave the number on the screen to let people contact you. Besides, marking iPhone as lost will remotely lock iPhone to keep the iPhone data safe.

To mark your iPhone as lost:

Open Find My app on iPhone or on the web > select Devices > select the lost iPhone > Select Mark As Lost > select Activate and Continue > Enter the number and select Next > enter the message you want to show > select activate >

Find My Iphone Lock Iphone

Remotely erase a device

If you feel the data on the lost iPhone is not safe, you can directly erase everything on iPhone. If you have backed up iPhone before, you can get the data back on another iOS device.

To remotely erase iPhone:

Open Find My app on iPhone or on the web > select Devices > select the lost iPhone > select Erase This Device > select Erase this [device name]

Find My iPhone Erase iPhone

Backup iPhone before the device is lost

Data security is important to protect your privacy and business. If you lost iPhone, the notification on the screen might cause leakage of information, so you need to remotely lock iPhone or erase the content.

What if the data is so important that you cannot delete all the data? How can you recover the removed content? If you have a copy of the important information, you can always safely remove content on iPhone. You are recommended to use AOMEI MBackupper to save all the important iPhone data.

AOMEI MBackupper – Free and Professional
▲ Saves photos, videos, music, contacts, and messages to computer
▲ Preview and select all the needed data
▲ Backup new content into incremental backup
▲ Support multiple iPhone including iPhone X/XR/XS/11/11 Pro/SE (2020)

Step 1. Download AOMEI MBackupper for free. Connect iPhone to computer with USB cable.

Step 2. Click and select the data you need. Click OK after selecting everything.

Select Files

Step 3. Select storage path and click Start Backup to save iPhone data.

Click Start Backup


Sometimes you can’t remember where is your iPhone and you don’t want to fumble around your house to search the tiny device. You can use Find My iPhone to locate and protect iPhone.

Every feature of Find My iPhone has been introduced in this passage. You just need another iOS device or to sign in iCloud on the Web.

iPhone data is important. Before you reluctantly remotely erase iPhone, backup your iPhone with AOMEI MBackupper to always have insurance of your data.

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