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5 Fast Ways to Find Your Lost or Stolen iPhone

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Cody Walsh

Updated: Feb 24, 2022 01:50 pm

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Before We Start

Unable to find your iPhone and it says switched off when you call your number? Worried that you have either lost your iPhone or someone stole and ran away with it in your absence?

Well, it is a nightmare when you cannot find the lost iPhone not just because it is expensive, but it also contains your personal data, photos, videos, and logged-in accounts on various apps.

Instead of panicking, you need to calm down and try out the various methods we have mentioned to find your lost or stolen iPhone.

However, the best method is to install a tracking app on your iPhone before to easily spot it accurately when you lose it or someone steals it.

Method 1. Use Find My App to Find Lost iPhone

The easiest way on how to find a lost iPhone is by enabling the 'Find My' feature even before your iPhone gets lost or stolen. Every iPhone comes with a Find My app pre-installed that helps users to track their device's location even when it is offline.

Here are the steps to enable the Find My feature beforehand.

Step 1: Go to Settings app.

Step 2: Tap on Find My option.

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Step 3: Tap on Find My iPhone option.

Step 4: On the next screen, toggle on the Find My iPhone option, Enable Offline Finding/Find My Network option, as well as Send Last Location option.

When your iPhone gets lost or stolen, here are the steps to follow.

Step 1: Open Find My app on someone's iPhone or iPad.

Step 2: Tap on Me and then tap on Help A Friend.

Step 3: Log in with your Apple ID and password.

help a friend option

Step 4: Once you log in, go to Devices tab.

Step 5: Select your lost device.

Step 6: Tap on Directions to track its location on Maps.

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In fact, if you have lost your iPhone, tap on the Play A Sound option to locate it if it is hidden nearby you.

Method 2. Use A Tracking App to Find Lost iPhone

The best method on how to find a lost iPhone is by using a third-party tracking app. This is because such a tracking app is specifically designed for tracking a lost or stolen phone.

We recommend KidsGuard Pro for iOS to track your iPhone from your computer. You need to download and install the app and do all the settings beforehand so that you can track its location perfectly.

How to Use KidsGuard Pro for iOS to Find Lost iPhone

Here are the steps to install and use KidsGuard Pro for iOS to find your lost or stolen iPhone.

Step 1. Create a KidsGuard Pro Account

Sign up a KidsGuard Pro account with your email address and then pick a plan based on your needs.

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Step 2. Download and Install KidsGuard Pro for iOS

Following the instruction to download and install KidsGuard Pro for iOS on your computer.

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Step 3. Scan Your iPhone Data

After installation, you need to back up your/target iPhone data with or without Wi-Fi. If it's your first to use KidsGuard Pro for iOS, you need to use USB cable to back up iPhone data.

At next time, you can use Wi-Fi or USB cable to sync your/target iPhone data.

back up iphone data with usb

Step 4. Find the Location of Your iPhone

Once connected, go to Dashboard. Click on Locations options. Then, you can find the location of your iPhone on Maps of dashboard.


What Else Can You Do with KidsGuard Pro for iOS?

Apart from helping you on how to find your lost iPhone, KidsGuard Pro for iOS is a great app for complete tracking and monitoring your and anyone's iPhone.

The following features are going to be useful in order to find out if your phone is stolen as you can track its activities after it gets lost.

Check Social Media Activities:

You can track social media activities on the target iPhone for all the leading social media apps. These include WhatsApp Messenger, Kik, Line, Viber, WeChat and more. You can track all the interactions and conversations on these social media apps.

Read Text Messages:

You can read the text messages on the target iPhone remotely from your computer. The text messages will be shown with contact name or number and it is going to be in the same style as on the target phone.

Track Call Logs:

If you are curious to see with whom the target person is talking to regularly, KidsGuard Pro for iOS helps you to find that out perfectly. You can track the target person's call log listing the caller number, name, call date, call type, and call duration.

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View Phone Files:

You can remotely check the files stored on the target phone. In fact, you can check the target phone's photos and videos that are available in the gallery. These also include the ones that the target person has downloaded.

Check Browsing History:

You can track the target person's web activities by checking the stored browser history. iPhone users use Safari web browser and hence, KidsGuard Pro for iOS lets you track Safari History as well as Bookmarks. You can also check reminders, calendar, notes, and voice memos.

Method 3. Use Family Sharing to Find Lost iPhone

Another method on how to find iPhone lost or stolen is by enabling Family Sharing feature on your iPhone beforehand. Family Sharing feature helps your family members to keep track and find the location of your iPhone instantly.

Here are the steps to enable Family Sharing feature.

Step 1. Go to Settings app.

Step 2. Tap on your Name or Apple ID.

Step 3. Tap on Family Sharing option.

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Step 4. Tap on Location Sharing option.

Step 5. Toggle on Share My Location option.

Step 6. Check Family Members list and see if all your family members are added. If not, tap on Add Family Member option and add the family member.

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When your iPhone gets lost or stolen, ask any of your family members who were added on your Location Sharing list to spot your iPhone's location from his iPhone using Find My app.

Method 4. Find a Lost iPhone on the Map

This method on how to find your lost iPhone is suitable when you are using two Apple devices from the same Apple ID. That is, if your iPhone is lost, you can track it from your iPad if they have a common Apple ID.

Here are the steps to follow:

Step 1. Simply open Find My app on your iPhone or iPad that has the same Apple ID with the lost iPhone.

Step 2. Tap on Devices on the lower-left corner.

Step 3. You will find the name of your lost iPhone. Tap on your lost iPhone name.

Step 4. This will show the location of your lost iPhone on the map.

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Method 5. Use Apple Watch to Find Lost iPhone

If you already have an Apple Watch, this simple method on how to find my lost iPhone is perfect for you. It is very usual that you must have connected your Apple Watch with your lost iPhone at some point in time in the past.

Now, here are the steps to follow to spot your lost iPhone.

Step 1. Swipe up on your Apple Watch screen to go to Control Center.

Step 2. Tap on the ringing phone icon.

find iPhone with Apple Watch

Step 3. If your iPhone is nearby, it will emit a ping sound once so that you can easily locate it.

Step 4. You have to keep tapping on the ringing phone icon so that the pinging sound plays so continuously.

What Else You Can Do For Your Lost iPhone?

Apart from trying out different methods to find lost iPhone, here are some important steps you should take when you lose your iPhone.

1. Mark As Lost

When you mark your iPhone as lost, you remotely lock your missing iPhone and thereby, keeping all the information safe and secure from any person who may have stolen it.

This will also show a custom message so that the person who found your iPhone can return it to you.

Step 1. Open Find My app on your family member's iPhone who is added to Family Sharing previously.

Step 2. Go to Devices tab.

Step 3. Tap on your missing iPhone.

Step 4. Locate Mark As Lost or Lost Mode and tap on Activate option.

how to turn on lost mode

Step 5. Follow the on-screen instruction to set it up properly.

2. Report Your Missing Device

If you have tried out all the methods on how to find your lost iPhone and you have waited for a couple of days for someone to return your missing iPhone, you should report your missing device.

It is essential to report it in order to claim the insurance of your stolen iPhone. You will get a Police Crime Number when you report your lost iPhone as stolen.

In order to report your missing device, you have to provide the serial number of your iPhone. You can find the serial number on the original box of your iPhone or on the original receipt of your iPhone when you purchased it.

If your iPhone is synced with iTunes, you can also find the serial number on iTunes.

3. File A Loss Claim

If your iPhone is covered by AppleCare+ with Theft and Loss service, you can claim for a new iPhone to replace your missing iPhone. You have to first mark your iPhone as lost as we have stated above. You should not also remove the device from your Apple account until your new replacement iPhone arrives.

Head over to from the web browser on your computer or anyone's device and sign in with your Apple ID and password.

Follow the on-screen instruction to complete the filing of a loss claim. You will be redirected to the insurer's website to finalize your claim.

FAQ about Lost iPhone

1. Can Someone Use My iPhone if I Lost It?

If your iPhone has a screen lock such as fingerprint lock, Face lock, there are various ways to unlock your iPhone.

However, if you mark your iPhone as lost and ask the phone carrier to disable all services on your iPhone, no one can use your lost iPhone.

2. Can I Find My Lost iPhone If It Is Turned Off?

If your iPhone has iOS 15, there is a unique feature on the Find My app through which you can find a lost iPhone even when it is turned off or the battery is dead.

However, you have to turn on the Find My Network feature beforehand. To turn it on, go to Settings> tap on Apple ID> Find My> Find My iPhone>and toggle on Find My Network.

3. What Happens if I Report My Lost iPhone?

If you report to the service provider, they will disable your device and block access to the information on your lost iPhone.

If you report to the police, you will get a police crime number for stolen iPhone. You will need the number to file a loss claim. If you have AppleCare+ cover, you will get a new iPhone.


Hopefully, you have found the answer to your question, "How to find my lost iPhone?" You should try to locate your iPhone with Find My app.

If you cannot locate it, you should mark it as lost so that no one can access the information stored on your missing iPhone. You should also inform the service carrier and file a loss claim.

We recommend you install KidsGuard Pro for iOS beforehand to accurately tracking its location.

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By Cody Walsh

An experienced technology blogger and editor who has spent more than a decade writing about software, gadgets, and computing etc all over the Internet.

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