iCloud’s Find My iPhone feature was born to help iPhone owners locate their lost or stolen iPhone, but over time it has been extended to other products as well and now supports iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Mac computers as well.
Thanks to this function it is possible to locate devices on a map, to lock them remotely and even to delete all their content without having direct access to them . In addition, it also protects lost devices, because if someone finds an iPhone with Find My Active iPhone, they will not be able to restore it to factory status without knowing the iCloud account password.
Taking into account all these features you will probably want to activate it on your device. It’s a very simple process and if you haven’t already done so, the following lines explain how to activate the Find My iPhone on iOS and macOS feature .
Adding devices to Find My iPhone
During the activation process for an iOS device or macOS, an iCloud account is typically set up and added to Find My iPhone. If for any reason you didn’t set up your iCloud account during the activation process, here are the steps to activate Find My iPhone on your computers.
Add an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch (iOS devices) to Find My iPhone
The steps to add any iOS device to Find My iPhone are as follows:
- Go to Settings and tap on the first option that appears.
- If you haven’t done so already, sign in with your iCloud account or create one if you don’t have one.
- Log in to iCloud – Find My iPhone and make sure the Find My iPhone switch is on. We also recommend that you turn on Send Last Location.
Perform the above steps on all your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch and remember that it is recommended to use the same iCloud account on all devices , so you will have them grouped together and it will be much easier to manage them. In addition, using the same account you can access other useful iCloud functions such as synchronizing contacts, calendars or photos.
Add a Mac to Find My iPhone
For Macs, the process for adding them to Find My iPhone is as follows:
- Access System Preferences from the menu with the Apple logo in the upper left corner of the screen.
- Click on iCloud and log in with your account.
- Turn on the Find My Mac feature.
That’s it, in this simple way you’ll always have your Mac located through the Apple cloud and in case of loss or theft you can lock it or even remotely wipe it to keep your data safe.
Removing devices from Find My iPhone
Removing an iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch or Mac from Find My iPhone that you still have is as simple as repeating the steps above but instead of enabling the feature, disabling it . By doing this the device will instantly disappear from your iCloud account.
Unless you’re selling the device, giving it away, or need to temporarily disable it to do a restore, it’s not a good idea to disable this option, as you lose the ability to locate it in real time and the protection of locking or deleting remote data.
How to remove a device I no longer have from Find My iPhone
If you’ve unfortunately lost an iOS or macOS device, had it stolen, or simply stopped working, you may want to remove it from your Find My iPhone account so that it stops showing up every time you log in.
To do this you must follow these steps:
- Access Find My iPhone from a computer by following this link: https://www.icloud.com/#find
- Click on All devices at the top center of the page.
- Click on the device you want to remove from your account (it should appear as Offline).
- In the new screen, click on the option Remove from account and confirm in the popup that appears (sometimes you will have to re-enter the iCloud account to confirm).
That’s it, this way the device will no longer be associated with your iCloud account and also with Find My iPhone.