Lost Iphone 4s

arkazia

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Feb 3, 2014
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My iPhone 4s slipped out of my pocket at a bar during the Super Bowl and I didn't notice until I was half way home and when I went back, it was gone. Luckily I have Find My iPhone on or so I thought. I have AT&T and I think the thief took out the sim card because I am not getting a location. If he/she doesn't turn on airplane mode, will I be able to track its location when he/she gets on wifi or plugs it into a computer?
 

617aircav

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Phone is not coming back. If the person that found it was honest he would have left a note at the bar. I found an iPad mini in a restroom once. I left my number with the restaurant in case the owner returned for it. He did.
 

I7guy

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Phone is not coming back. If the person that found it was honest he would have left a note at the bar. I found an iPad mini in a restroom once. I left my number with the restaurant in case the owner returned for it. He did.
If he was honest he would have turned it in at the bar, forget about leaving a note.
 

arkazia

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Feb 3, 2014
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I haven't remotely locked my phone yet hoping that he/she will slip up and use the phone on wifi?

Is it possible to track the phone if it connects to wifi?
 

martinbanshee

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I haven't remotely locked my phone yet hoping that he/she will slip up and use the phone on wifi?



Is it possible to track the phone if it connects to wifi?

Find my iPhone just needs to connect to the internet to function, that can be on wifi or mobile network.
If the SIM card is popped out you could still track it when it connects to wifi.
Chances of that happening are pretty slim but you might get lucky.
 

arkazia

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Feb 3, 2014
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God damnt after messing around with my friend's iPhone, I realized that if the location services is turned off, it essentially renders the Find my Phone feature useless even if it is connected to wifi.

I might just chalk this one up as a loss
 

I7guy

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Finding something and trying to locate the owner is not taking.
That's why I turn lost property into the restaurant or police station. I guess we have different views, because I believe if you find property in a restaurant/bar I turn it in there...I don't take it home. To each their own.
 

PNutts

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That's why I turn lost property into the restaurant or police station. I guess we have different views, because I believe if you find property in a restaurant/bar I turn it in there...I don't take it home. To each their own.
Agreed. Didn't we just have a big thread on this? :D
 

617aircav

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That's why I turn lost property into the restaurant or police station. I guess we have different views, because I believe if you find property in a restaurant/bar I turn it in there...I don't take it home. To each their own.

My goal was to make sure the owner got his phone back. Achieved.
 

C DM

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Oct 17, 2011
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How do i secure and activate the lock? Does it require the 4 digit pass code?
If so, then I have done that. Can you let me know either way? Thank you
In iOS 7 make sure that Find My iPhone in Location Services (under Privacy) is enabled.
 

I7guy

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But the thief can just turn off location services:(
The thief can turn the phone off, but that is why the phone should be locked down, so the most the thief can use the phone for is a bag of parts. Setting up a password, restriction lock and turning on find my iphone are all good measures.

While it hurts to lose the phone, it hurts much more if personal information is harvested from the phone.
 

ugcop

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Mar 15, 2012
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To clarify my previous post. Find My iPhone can not be turned off without password to Apple ID. Location Services can be turned off. While you can not see where the phone is Find My iPhone keeps it available so you can send a message, lock it and wipe it. It will show if the phone is on line. The weakness in 7.0 is location services for Find My Phone should be default on and not be able to turn off except through Apple ID.
 

C DM

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Oct 17, 2011
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To clarify my previous post. Find My iPhone can not be turned off without password to Apple ID. Location Services can be turned off. While you can not see where the phone is Find My iPhone keeps it available so you can send a message, lock it and wipe it. It will show if the phone is on line. The weakness in 7.0 is location services for Find My Phone should be default on and not be able to turn off except through Apple ID.
And activation lock itself will stay enabled as well even with location services off.
 

ugcop

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Mar 15, 2012
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Traveling @ Warp Speed ...... USA
To clarify my previous post. Find My iPhone can not be turned off without password to Apple ID. Location Services can be turned off. While you can not see where the phone is Find My iPhone keeps it available so you can send a message, lock it and wipe it. It will show if the phone is on line. The weakness in 7.0 is location services for Find My Phone should be default on and not be able to turn off except through Apple ID.
I knew I was overlooking something ....with restrictions / location Services
Check "don't allow changes". Turn Restrictions ON

This locks location services so it can't be turned of or changed