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

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  1. Myiphone7 macrumors 6502a

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  2. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    That's an app to find other devices - there is an option in the settings that enables the feature.
     
  3. bogatyr macrumors 65816

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    Yes. Even with a password they can DFU restore it for a clean phone.
     
  4. Arnezie macrumors 65816

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    Find my phone isn't theft prevention it's for finding your phone when you miss place it.
     
  5. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Or turn off the phone.
    Then get home and restore it.
    Find my iPhone is not LoJack.
     
  6. nostresshere macrumors 68030

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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.
     
  7. pdqgp macrumors 68020

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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.
     
  8. Myiphone7 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  9. OMGbrandon macrumors 6502

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    So your info isn't on there.
     
  10. Myiphone7 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    If its stolen?
     
  11. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Or lost.
     
  12. Blorzoga macrumors 68030

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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.
     
  13. NismoRoadster macrumors regular

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    You can always prevent find my iPhone icloud account from being deleted in restrictions but they can always power the phone off.
     
  14. MacBoy88 macrumors regular

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    I wish Apple would prevent powering off the phone when it is locked...that would help a lot.
     
  15. Myiphone7 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    What about turning the phone off?
     
  16. HappyVirus macrumors member

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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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  19. Blorzoga macrumors 68030

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    Can't prevent that, but what good is a turned off phone to anyone? As soon as they turn it on, you can see it.
     
  20. Martyrd0m macrumors regular

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    Wow never knew about the restriction settings. Awesome find!
     
  21. Ntombi macrumors 68030

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    That's the first thing I do. It's not foolproof, but it gives me a slightly better chance.
     
  22. Mercenary macrumors 6502a

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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.
     
  23. Blorzoga macrumors 68030

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    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.
     
  24. rrandyy macrumors 6502

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    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.
     
  25. NismoRoadster macrumors regular

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    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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