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Find My

Find My is an app and service developed by Apple that was introduced in 2019 as part of iCloud, iOS 13, iPadOS 13, and macOS Catalina (10.15). It was the result of merging Find My Friends and Find My iPad/iPhone/Mac.



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Find My iPhone iCloud

Find My options in iCloud after an iPhone has been located.

Find My can locate a lost Apple device through a combination of GPS and Wi-Fi, which allows the user to:

  • Play Sound – makes the device play a sound at maximum volume, vibrate (on supported iPhone models), and flash the screen even if it is muted. This feature is useful if the device has been mislaid, and is equivalent to finding a mislaid phone by calling it using another phone.
  • Lost Mode – flags the device as lost or stolen, allowing the user to lock it with a passcode and display a contact number. If the device is an iPhone and someone finds the device, they can call the user directly on the device.
  • Erase – completely erases all content and settings, which is useful if the device contains sensitive information. However, the device will no longer be able to be located after this action is performed. After the erase is complete, the message can still be displayed and the device will be activation locked. This makes it more difficult for another person to use or sell the device. An Apple ID password will be required to turn off Find My iPhone, sign out of iCloud, erase the device, or reactivate a device after a remote wipe.

Supported Bluetooth devices, such as AirPods and Apple Watches can also be located nearby. The user's device location remains private unless voluntarily shared with friends.


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