Apps to track down a missing/lost iPhone

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by m021478, Nov 10, 2008.

  1. m021478 macrumors 6502

    Nov 23, 2007
    Was wondering if anyone would be willing to offer recommendations on App Store Apps, or Cydia (jailbroken) Apps, that could be used to help find an iPhone that you've misplaced or lost??

    I've just now found my iPhone (about 5 minutes ago) that I've been looking for ever since last night, and I was on the verge of believing that the phone had absolutely fallen off the face of the earth, because I'd searched everywhere imaginable for it without a shred of success. (and yes, I of course tried calling the phone, but I was pretty sure it was on vibrate...and now that I've found it, I can confirm that it was!)

    I'd read a review of a Cydia (commercial) app offered by iFoneTec called Cylay, which in all honesty, I found to be an absolute joke of an attempt to make what would otherwise be an indispensable application (it never once worked for me, wound up being un-installable, and inevitably wound up forcing me to restore my phone and start from scratch).

    There must be at the very least several other apps (App Store & Cydia) that would have saved me a lot of hassle over the last 24 hours as I searched relentlessly for my iPhone without success...

    Ideally, and app that could provide GPS mapping that can be somehow checked from an alternate location (or iPhone) would have done the trick...I've thought about Loopt as a possibility, and then using my Wife's iPhone as a means of finding my iPhone should it ever get lost again in the future (to at the very least let me know if it's in my apartment, or in my Car which is located in the parking garage around the corner, or at my Mom's place, of my wife's Mom's place, etc...)

    Anyone else care to offer any thoughts or suggestions that might be worth trying?

  2. jlake02 macrumors 68020


    Nov 2, 2008
  3. m021478 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Nov 23, 2007
    Unfortunately, the program you recommended doesn't run in the background and so it will only provide tracking information if you launch the program...Not sure how that's supposed to do you any good if it's stolen, or if it's fallen between the seat crack in your car or something...

    A better solution - iLocalis (available for jailbroken iPhone via Cydia)

    This application does everything I was hoping for...every 15 minutes, it sends out GPS coordinates of your phone (as a background process) which you can check online to see where your phone is on a Google Map Mashup...Watch a video here for further information...

    I've tried it and sure enough, it works beautifully!
  4. rtztgue macrumors regular

    Aug 9, 2008
    has anyone tried this? I download it and started the program. I must say that I am impressed. I use my phone to run a business and it is nice to be able to track my phone and me, as well as send the text messages and call forward. Nice to know if my phone is stolen or lost that i can track it a little easier. Although the locate feature gets you ONLY close.......

    My concern is the security of the program. It is a third party app and to give someone you dont know (ie. the programer) the power to control your phone and make calls, sms, etc. that worries me a little. I know that kind of activity would show up on a bill, but by then it might be too late. And how would you fight it with your carrier?

    any thoughts
  5. dlamin517 macrumors 6502

    Jul 12, 2008
    if you have a jailbroken device ilocalis is the way to go
  6. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    I use Touch Type (landscape e-mail app) and the guy also did this:

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