Lost Iphone 4s

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  1. arkazia macrumors newbie

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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?
     
  2. martinbanshee macrumors newbie

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    Yeah, if it connects to the internet and it hasn't been factory reset you'll still be able to locate it.
     
  3. I7guy macrumors G5

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    Good luck getting your phone back. Hope it's secured and activation locked.
     
  4. 617aircav Suspended

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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.
     
  5. I7guy macrumors G5

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    If he was honest he would have turned it in at the bar, forget about leaving a note.
     
  6. arkazia thread starter macrumors newbie

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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?
     
  7. 617aircav Suspended

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    Reason for leaving a note is if you do not trust the bar staff.
     
  8. I7guy macrumors G5

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    Maybe it's living in a big city but I would not personally take property that does nor belong to me home.
     
  9. 617aircav Suspended

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    Finding something and trying to locate the owner is not taking.
     
  10. martinbanshee macrumors newbie

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    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.
     
  11. arkazia thread starter macrumors newbie

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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
     
  12. I7guy macrumors G5

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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.
     
  13. PNutts macrumors 601

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    Agreed. Didn't we just have a big thread on this? :D
     
  14. lelisa13p macrumors 68000

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    YES! It was like a volleyball game, arguments back and forth. Turn it in. Take it home & try to find the owner. Over and over. :)
     
  15. I7guy macrumors G5

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    More link beer pong. :cool:
     
  16. 617aircav Suspended

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    My goal was to make sure the owner got his phone back. Achieved.
     
  17. I7guy macrumors G5

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    My goal would be to make sure the owner got the phone back without getting assaulted or worse.

    I won't get into it but a very unfortunate incident shows that no good deed goes unpunished.
     
  18. kosbo macrumors newbie

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    Activation lock

    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
     
  19. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    In iOS 7 make sure that Find My iPhone in Location Services (under Privacy) is enabled.
     
  20. arkazia thread starter macrumors newbie

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    But the thief can just turn off location services:(
     
  21. ugcop, Feb 5, 2014
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    Find my iPhone can only be turned off with the password to your Apple ID

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    It is the best part of IOS 7
     
  22. I7guy macrumors G5

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    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.
     
  23. ugcop macrumors 6502a

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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.
     
  24. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    And activation lock itself will stay enabled as well even with location services off.
     
  25. ugcop macrumors 6502a

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    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
     

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