iPhone 4 Theft

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by JTA60288, Jul 19, 2013.

  1. JTA60288 macrumors member

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    I know you guys must read a lot of these but I'm desperate. My iPhone 4 was stolen at this party I was at the night before last and I was wondering if there is anyway to track it without iCloud. Is there anyway to track it using the device's serial number? Also would AT&T be able to track it using GPS? I appreciate any responses and I understand there's probably not much I can do without iCloud, but I figure it wouldn't hurt to make a thread.
     
  2. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Nope, unfortunately there isn't anything else you can do besides try calling the phone and see if anyone answers and is willing to return it to you.
     
  3. Nyy8 macrumors 6502a

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    Call the police, that's about all you can do. :eek:

    Just a question, why no icloud?
     
  4. JTA60288 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the responses! Unfortunately it seems the chances of getting the phone back are slim to none. The thief bought something on iTunes so I changed all my passwords so nothing else can be purchased on my account. How often do police recover stolen iPhones?
    BTW: Apparently I do have iCloud but unfortunately, I didn't have the app installed on my phone before the incident (I definitely should have installed it).
     
  5. irDigital0l Guest

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    If you can, try to track it using Find My iPhone.
     
  6. Rajani Isa macrumors 65816

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    Yeah, the app doesn't hav eto be installed for this ( the app is used for finding OTHER devices...). If you have Location Services enabled, you can possibly still find it.

    And if you have the serial and IMEI -you can report it for the block list - but it won't necessarily help you get it back.
     
  7. JTA60288 thread starter macrumors member

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    Update: I did not find the phone but I had an upgrade available and bought a new phone (installing iCloud was the first thing I did LOL). The situation made me wonder, why isn't Find My iPhone turned on by default? Also I found that a thief could easily turn it off in the settings so that the owner would never find his device. Maybe the app should be running in the background 24/7 with no way for a thief to turn it off? Anyway thanks for all the responses, I appreciate the help.
     
  8. maliu macrumors 6502a

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    I'd suggest password protecting your phone. Makes it much harder to get into your stuff. That's worse than losing the phone.
     

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