If you are reading this post, then I will assume that you have lost your iPhone/iPad or we can say someone stole it. So, what’s next?? Can you track your stolen or lost iPhone/iPad online without any tracking app? Let’s discuss about it.
Today in this post we are going to see how you can find your lost iPhone or iPad Online without a tracking app. Before starting this, you can also check How To Find Your Stolen Android Device By Google Account. So, lets start.
Trick to Find Your Lost iPhone or iPad Online Without a Tracking
To track your stolen or lost iPhone/iPad you must have to install “Find My iPhone" app in your Apple device. If you haven’t activated this app at the time of set up your device, this method won’t work.
You can download the official “Find My iPhone" app on the App Store, you don’t actually need it to track your Apple device. This means the app doesn’t have to be installed on your missing iPhone, iPad or Mac. The good thing here is that Find My iPhone is actually a cloud-based service by Apple. The app is only another way of accessing this service to locate your iPhone or other Apple devices. If you own an iPad or a second iPhone, you can also install the app and try to locate your missing device. Otherwise, all you need is a browser and your Apple ID login details.
Also, don’t be too worried that someone could disconnect your device from iCloud, turn off Find My iPhone or erase your device. If you’re on iOS7 or a later version, a feature called Activation Lock will prevent anyone from doing any of the mentioned things without your Apple ID password.
Alright, let’s get back your Apple device. Here’s are two methods to you need to follow:
Method 1: Using iCloud
1. Login to iCloud and start “Find My iPhone"
Go to icloud.com and log in using your Apple ID and password. Once signed in, you can see your iCloud dashboard with different icons. Click on the “Find My iPhone" icon, which the first one in the second row. Now you should see the Find My iPhone interface, including a map.
2. Now select your lost device and start the tracking process
Click on the “All Devices" drop-down menu on the top bar and select your missing device.
Immediately the tracking of your device will start.
If everything is correct, you will be able to see its location on the map.
Now you have the option to activate ‘Lost Mode’ or erase all data.
Depending on several factors, this can take a while. Also, use the erase option as a last resort, since Find My iPhone won’t work anymore on your device afterwards.
If you activate Lost Mode, it will lock your device with a password and display a message of your choice together with a phone number, so that a nice soul hopefully contacts you to give your iPhone, iPad or Mac back into your hands. The Lost Mode has the ability to enable location services on your iPhone or iPad, in case it’s deactivated. So no need to freak out if you realized that you turned it off. It will stay enabled as long as your device is in Lost Mode.
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This is basically all you have to do to track your lost Apple device. Please keep in mind that your lost device needs to be turned on and somehow connected to the internet. If mobile data is turned off and it’s not connected to WiFi, you won’t be able to track it using Find My iPhone.
Your only hope is to wait and hope that the thief or someone, who found it, connects to the web. Thankfully, you don’t need to stay inside of iCloud and hit refresh all the time. If your device is offline, you can let Apple notify you once it’s back online.
Mathod 2 : Using Google Location History
This method is really easy and will works smoothly if you have location reporting and location history enabled on your iPhone (or iPad).
You may know that, Apple and Google like to gather information about all sorts of things, including your location. Although this is an invasion of your privacy and some people intentionally disable location services on their devices, it can be very helpful when you lose your phone.
Google location history shows all location data that has been collected from your iPhone or iPad. Yes, Google doesn’t only store all that location data of yours, it also makes it accessible in a very good looking interface.
Basically, you can see where you’ve been on a map. Using this tool, you can see where your lost phone was located the last time it sent its location data to Google. In case your iPhone is still on and is connected to internet, it will continue sending its location so you can see exactly where it is and go get it back. Even if the battery is dead, you can still see its last reported location.
To see your location history do the following:
Select today’s date in the top left side of the screen (or click the “Today" button).
Look at the timeline on the left side and scroll to its end to find the last reported location of your iPhone. You can also check all recorded points in the map. Make sure to check the time stamps so that you don’t just know the last location but also when your phone was last connected to Google.
Before you jump up to get it. Try to use the location data to figure out if your iPhone is simply lying somewhere waiting to be picked up, or if it’s moving. If it isn’t staying put, you should contact the authorities and get them to help you retrieve your (apparently) stolen device. I don’t recommend going after a thief alone. Who knows what kind of person took your phone..
Go ahead and try both methods. You can track your stolen iPhone Online without using any tracking app and get it back easily. I hope you like this article. Don’t forget to share this trick with your friends who really need it. If you are facing any problem while tracking your device, don’t hesitate to ask me via comment. I will surely help you.