Posts tagged: Find My iPhone

Find my iphone win!

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So we all now about the Find My iPhone App, right? The App that you can use on a separate device with your iCloud account to locate your iPhone if it’s missing? If used properly, it’s super useful for device owners and also apparently in keeping iPhone muggins down, but recently it’s been used in a different and wholly remarkable way!

 

A 28-yr old woman names Melissa Vasquez was driving on Mount Hamilton near San Jose California recently when one of the worst things that could have happened, happened. For whatever reason, her car went off the road and fell down through thick trees about 500 ft into a steep ravine before coming to a stop. She was injured and unable to contact anybody for help for over 15 hours.

 

Her miracle? The Find My iPhone App.

 

The OnStar satellite tracking system on her 2012 Chevy Cruze initially sent out a distress call, however after 2 hours of searching, police couldn’t find any sign of her or her car. There was a ‘be on the lookout’ notice issues by the police with the vehicle description to all law enforcement agencies in Santa Clara County.

 

It was only when her Stepmother called in the following morning to report Miss Vasquez missing that they realized what they were dealing with was more than a faulty OnStar issue, and the search restarted in earnest.

 

One bright young police officer went to her home and after confirming with family that she had an iPhone, was able to guess the password on her iPad and use the Find My iPhone app to pinpoint the location of her iPhone, and hence, Miss Vasquez.

 

Apple’s Find My iPhone app locates users with a database of Wi-Fi hotspots, cell phone tower locations, as well as the GPS satellite system, and tracks users over time. The location was accurate and they discovered Miss Vasquez’s car, and herself quickly.

 

The U.S. Coast Guard helicopter were called to airlift her from the scene and she was taken to hospital where she was in a stable condition.

 

Even if it’s not the originally designed purpose of the app, that was probably a day when the Find My iPhone app engineers were due an unexpected but worthy thank you. Perhaps its also an incentive to use the technology to make a more purpose built app to serve the needs of people in circumstances such as the one Miss Vasquez unfortunately found herself in.

 

 

 

Found an iPhone?

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Our phones are so many things to us all at once – cameras, photo albums, music holders, game machines, memory keepers, etc. But they’re also little, we take them most places we go and we also happen to be forgetful beings that suffer from brain farts. Which means sometimes, we lose our phones.

 

Disaster.

 

That disaster can turn into a positive experience however if someone finds your phone and is able to get it back to you. Because then you believe in the goodness of humanity and karma and wonderful disney things like that. And you will have an excellent day, and everyone you see will have an excellent day and the world will be a better place! Easy!

 

So. If you happen to find someone’s iPhone, please do the right thing and try your disney hardest (singing and dancing commentary not necessarily required) to get it back to them!

 

Remember, they may have Find My iPhone turned on and activated and they may be coming back to the very place the iPhone was lost. If it’s a safe place to be, try to stay there whilst you’re trying to contact them.

 

If the phone is unlocked, you should see if there is a contact listed under ‘ICE’ ( In Case of Emergency), or try looking for relative’s names such as Mum or Dad. Call them to let them know they have their friend or relative’s phone and where they can collect it from.

 

You can try looking under recent calls for someone to message or call but make sure that the name you choose is one that has been called often and doesn’t belong to a recent hook up or job interview! Awks.

 

Alternatively, pull down to swipe in contacts, above the search box, and you’ll see the owner’s phone number. Write it down, then type it into the phone. The owner’s name should appear below the number. Find their name in the Contacts list and then use their alternative contact details to reach them.

 

If the device is locked and it’s a model about the iPhone 4, try using Siri to call ‘ICE’ from the lock page. You could also try to call ‘Mom/dad’ or ‘my husband/my wife’.

 

If the battery is dead on the iPhone, you have two choices – you can either take it home and charge it and then try to find the owner, or you can hand it in to the police to do likewise.

 

And then feel all kinds of unicorn sparkle karma for the rest of the day! Yess. We loves us some unicorn sparkle karma.

 

 

How to turn off ‘Find My iPhone & Anti-theft Activation Lock’ from the phone you’re selling!

 

 

If you’re thinking of selling or giving away a stinky old iPhone, you need to understand how to turn off the ‘Find My iPhone’ function. ESPECIALLY if the device has been upgraded to iOS 7, whereby it will also be loaded with Apple’s Anti-theft Activation lock.

 

 

 

 

That’s not it. The Anti-theft Activation Lock introduced with iOS 7 is however super awesome for preventing theft by rendering the phone basically useless and worth roughly one eighth of its proper resale price. However, it also does this if you forget to turn it off before you sell it or give it away.

 

For instance, here at iPhone Antidote, we cannot give you the total quoted amount for your iPhone unless the Anti-theft Activation lock is turned off.

 

 

So, you guys need to know how to turn it off! And luckily for everyone involved, whilst not being the funnest 3 minutes you ever spend (we hope) it IS super easy! High Five!

 

 

 

 

There is a couple of different methods depending on the condition and location of your iPhone. If your iPhone works and is with you, you should-

 

Remove your iPhone from Find My iPhone by turning  it off on the iPhone.

 

Simple! On your iPhone, go to Settings > iCloud, then tap to turn off ‘Find My device.’ It will ask for your Apple ID password ( The one you use in the App Store), then BAM, both Find my iPhone and the Anti-theft activation lock is turned off.

 

YAY!

 

If your iPhone is not with you, already sold or given away OR broken or water damaged so that it won’t turn on, it’s also, really, really easy. HIGH FIVE!

 

 

 

If you can’t use your iPhone because it’s too damaged, or you’ve already sold it or given it away, you can remotely remove it from Find My iPhone and remotely remove the Anti-theft Activation Lock.

 

Your iPhone must be powered off. Easy to do if it’s broken! Also easy enough to do if you’ve sold it to a company such as ourselves or you can get in contact with the friend that you gave it to.

 

Then:

 

Sign in to icloud.com/#find with your Apple ID (the one you use with iCloud & the App Store).

 

Click ‘All Devices’ at the top of the page. Wait for the website to locate your iPhone, then select it from the drop down menu. It should appear as offline and grey.

A menu of options will appear on the right hand side of the screen. IGNORE THESE ( Unless you want to remotely erase your iPhone)

 

Click back on the ‘All Devices’ button at the top of the page. There should now be an X next to your iPhone.  Click it. Click it good.

 

Click “remove” on the next screen to confirm.

 

Aaaaaand you’re done! Now someone else can now activate the device, making it worth a whole lotta more clams from us/high fives from the friend you gave it to!

 

 

 

If you guys have any problems removing the anti theft activation lock from your iPhone – please contact us and let us know! We’d LOVE to help you out! And we give hugs too!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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