If someone steals your iPhone can't they just delete find my iPhone?

r.j.s

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That's an app to find other devices - there is an option in the settings that enables the feature.
 
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Arnezie

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Find my phone isn't theft prevention it's for finding your phone when you miss place it.
 
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nostresshere

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Yes, if someone wants to defeat that tool, they can do it.

Many times the phone is just lost. And sometimes somebody finds it and takes it home. (like the idiot TSA officer that was busted). Sometimes STUPID people steal them.
 
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pdqgp

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if someone steals you're phone and wanted to keep you from finding it they would power it off and pull the sim card.
 
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Blorzoga

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I downloaded it but seems pointless
If you set restrictions on with a passcode and disallow deleting apps, then the app can't be deleted. You should also disable allowing changes to location service. Pullin the sim from the phone won't prevent it fom being located either.
 
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Myiphone7

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If you set restrictions on with a passcode and disallow deleting apps, then the app can't be deleted. You should also disable allowing changes to location service. Pullin the sim from the phone won't prevent it fom being located either.
What about turning the phone off?
 
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HappyVirus

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if it's jailbroken, you can set it so that the phone will not turn off if the phone is 'locked'. That way, if your phone is password protected at the time someone tries to turn it off, it will just give some error and the device will not turn off.
 
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Ntombi

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If you set restrictions on with a passcode and disallow deleting apps, then the app can't be deleted. You should also disable allowing changes to location service. Pullin the sim from the phone won't prevent it fom being located either.
That's the first thing I do. It's not foolproof, but it gives me a slightly better chance.
 
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Mercenary

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The app is just for finding phones. You turn find my iphone on and off in settings. It works with or without the app.
 
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Blorzoga

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Wow never knew about the restriction settings. Awesome find!
The only problem is that whenever you add an app that needs to use location services, you can't simply select allow from the pop up dialog box, you have to go in to restrictions and allow changes to location services, allow access and then reactivate the restriction. It's a bit tedious, but luckily it doesn't have to be done very often.
 
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rrandyy

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If you set restrictions on with a passcode and disallow deleting apps, then the app can't be deleted. You should also disable allowing changes to location service. Pullin the sim from the phone won't prevent it fom being located either.
If you are on a gsm carrier, how does pulling the sim not prevent it from being located? The phone needs data to report its location. Unless the phone ends up on wifi, pulling the sim will prevent find my phone from working.
 
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NismoRoadster

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If you set restrictions on with a passcode and disallow deleting apps, then the app can't be deleted. You should also disable allowing changes to location service. Pullin the sim from the phone won't prevent it fom being located either.
The find my iPhone app is not what has to be protected, it's the iCloud account that has to be locked in restrictions and all access to find my iPhone will be restricted also. iPhones can be located without the find my phone app.
 
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