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Mads Hindhede Svanegaard

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An ounce of prevention Of course, all of the above assumes that you don’t have Find My turned on. In a moment, we’ll talk about what to do if Find My is enabled. But first, a quick review of how you turn Find My on in the first place! To enable Find My, go to Settings [your name] Find My. You can turn on Share My Location at this point too (as long as you don’t mind your friends and family knowing where you are!). Next, tap Find My [device] and then turn on Find My [device]. There are a couple of other menu options here as well. You can enable offline finding by turning on Find My network. And if you turn on Send Last Location, your device will automatically send your location to Apple when the battery is low. Lastly, remember that in order for Find My to show you where your lost device is on a map, Location Services has to be turned on. If you’re not sure whether or not it is, you can check at Settings Privacy Location Services. Finding your iPhone If you’ve lost an iPhone and you did turn on Find My, good news. The chances of successfully recovering your device improve significantly. But you still may wonder what, exactly, you need to do. We’ve got you covered: 1. Find your phone The first thing to do is, well, find your iPhone. By which we mean: Look for it on a map. You can do this by signing in to or by using the Find My app on your Mac or another Apple device that you own. If you can’t see your device here, Find My has been turned off — either by a past version of yourself or by someone else. 2. Mark as Lost Find My lets you mark a device as Lost. This means you can passcode lock it remotely, which keeps all of your data safe even if someone else has your iPhone. It also shuts off Apple Pay on that device. 3. Report the missing iPhone If you can see your device, please don’t channel your inner Charles Bronson and try to go after it (or the bad guys) by yourself. If your iPhone is in the hands of criminals, this can be dangerous. Call the police and let them handle it instead. As mentioned above, they may ask you for the serial number, so be ready to provide this. 4. Make a claim If you have AppleCare+ with Theft and Loss, you can file a claim to get a replacement iPhone. Either call Apple directly at 800-MY-APPLE (in the US) or head to Apple’s site to find the instructions for filing a claim. 5. Wipe your device If you’ve given up hope of recovering your iPhone, you can erase it remotely. But this is an option of last resort, since you won’t be able to track the iPhone after you do this. Also keep in mind that if you’re making an AppleCare+ with Theft and Loss claim, you’re not supposed to erase the device until your claim has been approved. Eventually, you should also remove the device from your list of trusted devices. However, if you’re filing an AppleCare+ with Theft and Loss claim, Apple says not to do this until your claim is approved. About SecureMac  Founded in 1999, SecureMac ( has been a leading contributor to Apple security since the 2005 release of the original MacScan anti-malware tool. In the years since, SecureMac has continued to play an essential role in providing macOS users with straightforward options for better security. From the development of the faster and more powerful MacScan 3 to the company’s ongoing development of online privacy tool PrivacyScan, users can easily equip themselves for protection. With the addition of The Checklist, SecureMac continues to showcase a deep commitment to accessible security and the importance of digital awareness for all Mac users. For more info visit

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