Find my iPhone not working right.

Discussion in 'iOS 5 and earlier' started by xplnusa, Oct 14, 2011.

  1. macrumors regular

    Nov 17, 2009
    Okay so after updating to iOS5 I can now locate my two mac computers with the lion update, but it can't seem to locate the two iPod touches or the iPad. I've checked the setting to make sure that it says its set to on under iCloud but still nothing...

    I'm hoping to upgrade our two iPhones from 3G phones (yes we're really still carrying them) to 4S phones in the next month or so.

    Thanks a bunch for any help.
  2. macrumors member


    Mar 12, 2010
    I was having trouble too, but my Iphone 4 was finally located after a couple retrys. Keep trying and see what happens.
  3. macrumors 65816

    Nov 10, 2010
    Can the feature work with iPods and iPads that don't have 3G?
  4. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 23, 2010
    I had the same problem as well. After I toggled the on/off switch for find my iPhone in Settings > iCloud it worked again.
  5. macrumors 68020


    Feb 28, 2009
  6. thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 17, 2009
    Great, I'll try toggling and maybe even rebooting too... Thanks guys...

    It was working great on them before the upgrade... :(
  7. macrumors 68040


    Aug 8, 2007
    Takamatsu, Japan
    Make sure the iPods and iPad are logged in with the correct iCloud (or MobileMe if they are pre-iOS 5) credentials if they've changed.

    In my case, my son's iPhone 4 had stopped appearing but going to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > MobileMe on the iPhone and logging out and then in again with my new iCloud credentials got it working again.
  8. macrumors newbie

    Jun 9, 2009
    additional questions about Find My Phone

    i am not having technical problems getting Find My Phone to work but i am puzzled about one particular detail.

    I have three iPhones (2 4's and 1 4S) using iOS5.
    All three show up as traceable.

    I have an impression however that Find My Phone has to be turned on (on any phone that you wish to track); is that correct?
    It seems to me that if someone found or stole an iPhone they could simply turn off the App -- and it wouldn't be traceable.

    Perhaps I simply misunderstand how Find My Phone works and I would appreciate being enlightened.

    IF, indeed the app has to be turned on to be traceable, is there such a thing as an App that will create a lockable directory (into which Find My Phone could be placed, ensuring that it can not turned off, except by the person who knows the password.)
  9. macrumors regular

    Sep 24, 2010
    So let's use a hypothetical situation - because I must admit I am sceptical about the value of the "find my iPhone" App - in the context of it being used to recover a "lost" iPhone.......

    So let's assume my son leaves his iPhone on the bus........someone picks it up.....switches it off......takes it home......removes the SIM......and then does a DFU reset on the device.....then does a factory restore .........and then restores the phone as their own device.......... will find my iPhone (or any other App or service) help in that situation???

  10. macrumors Core


    Jan 23, 2005
    It won't.
  11. thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 17, 2009
    But it sure comes in handy when the 7 year old can't remember where he set it down last, because you can send a signal to it so that it will make a chime sound...

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