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So, I’m notorious for misplacing my gadgets. At least a couple of times a month I have to use my house phone to call my cell phone to see where I buried it. In our house it’s not “Follow the yellow brick road” but follow the sound of my current ringtone.  Of course, this doesn’t work if the phone is in silent mode. This is when I wish I really had an iPhone. Did you know that, even if everything is muted on your iPhone (or iPad or iPod touch) you can use Find My iPhone to locate it and send an audible alert? Yep. How do I know? I don’t just misplace my cell phone. I’ve done it with my iPod touch and my iPad mini. One of these days I’ll clean my office, and then I really won’t be able to find anything. I really need a bigger office. (That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!)

If you have an iPhone or iPad,  you should have an iCloud account and the Find my iPhone app. It doesn’t cost a cent, and it’s one of the best things you can add. If your iDevice goes astray and it can latch onto a network, you can access it with any web browser and your iCloud account and lock it or, if you have critical data that you don’t want in the wrong hands, you can even wipe it remotely. It may not help you get it back, but at least your information will be safe.

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Setup is easy. On your iDevice go to Settings > iCloud and turn it on. On your computer — go to System Preferences > iCloud and turn it on. To find, use any web browser on any computer or the Find my iPhone app on your iPhone, iPad or 3rd, 4th or 5th gen iPod touch. (Sorry, original & 2nd gen iPod touch are out of luck on this, although it does work on the original iPad.) That’s it. Check it out.

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  • Donna

    I’m pretty sure that, in order to be able to locate your device with Find My iPhone, you have to also have Location Services turned on. I don’t think ON is the default.

    • Phyllis Evans

      You’re right, Donna. Location Services needs to be enabled under the Security section in Settings. Forgot that it’s not on by default.

  • This used to work on the 2nd gen iPod touch, before the iCloud transition. I know because I own one, and I used to use this feature all the time.

    I don’t begrudge Apple offering new features for new products, but it seems very unfair to take away an existing feature from an old device. (This feature disappeared about 2 years after the last iPod touch 2nd gen rolled off the assembly line.)