Question about Find My iPod...

Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by Kieranic, Mar 9, 2011.

  1. Kieranic Guest

    Apr 23, 2010
    Hey there.
    Alright, so I have an iPod Touch 4th Gen set up for Find my iPod. It works perfectly fine and that's awesome.
    But what I'm wondering is, I go everywhere with my iPod (excluding school) and I also have a four-digit passcode on it too.

    I know that for the Find my iPod app to detect where my iPod is, it needs Wi-Fi and as far as I know, you need the passcode to log in and then connect to Wi-Fi. If my iPod is locked and they can't log in to my iPod to connect to Wi-Fi, how exactly is Find My iPod going to help me track where it is?

    I would leave it unlocked, but I sort of feel "insecure" doing that and plus, they could easily remove the Mail account which enables Find my iPod to work (which I'm pretty sure I could disable editing Mail accounts with Restrictions, but still. That's not stopping anyone who uses my iPod (not necessarily steals it) from accessing my information).

    Of course it works perfectly fine on the iPhone because that uses a 3G connection so yeah.

    So pretty much my question is, If my iPod is locked and they can't log in to my iPod to connect to Wi-Fi, how exactly is Find My iPod going to help me locate where it is?

  2. YMark macrumors 6502a


    Nov 7, 2008
    You raise some good questions.....

    I'm curious how many people have ever found a lost or stolen iPod using the "Find My iPod" application. I'm guessing not too many, because of some of the issues you bring up in your post.
  3. EugenexYew macrumors regular


    Oct 10, 2010
    For me to know, you to find out. :)
    It can't.
    It DEFINITELY needs internet.
    So one person's best bet would be making a police report, giving them the serial number, making the police call apple, and letting apple do the REAL tracking. which is probably whenever the ipod is hooked up to a computer.
  4. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    Apple will not track a stolen iPod. The most that Apple will do is mark it so that if it is brought in for service they will know about it.
  5. nukem170 macrumors member

    Feb 14, 2011
    LMAO. You dont really believe that do U?
    You can make a police report but unless the thief walks up to a police station and confess that he stole it and give it to them, police won't do anything to look for it. Neither would apple. Apple does not track ipods or iphones. Person that steal ur ipod/iphone will restore it removing ur password and mobile me stuff thus disabling tracking permanently. Neither apple or police will ever track your ipod or iphone.
    In other words mobile me = totally useless.
  6. xAnthony macrumors 65816


    Mar 2, 2010
    You realize the "Find my iPhone/iPod Touch" is pointless. It's the most useless thing Apple has ever created.

    Let's say you lose your iPod Touch while you're outside in the grass somewhere. There would be no way of you being able to trace that iPod Touch down. You would need the device to connect to WiFi.

    Now let's say someone steals your device and you have a passcode on it. They can't connect it to WiFi because of the passcode lock and therefore you won't be able to get it back anyways. Then they just restore the device and all hopes of you finding the iPod Touch are now gone.

    Now moving on to the iPhone... If you lose your iPhone in the grass somewhere and no one has picked it up, great the Find my iPhone app should work properly. But now if someone picks it up.. All they would have to do is take out the SIM card and you're screwed.

    I just see this whole Find my iPhone thing completely pointless as there are tons of flaws around it. It would be better if the service worked regardless if you had 3G connection (Or WiFi) or not. And also, there should be a special passcode in order to be able to restore the iDevice. So if someone does steal an iPod or iPhone, they can't do anything with it.
  7. Charlie Sheen macrumors 6502

    Charlie Sheen

    Mar 9, 2011
    I think stealing an iphone is stupid because of the sim lock.
  8. tominco macrumors member

    Mar 14, 2008
    I agree in that it is pointless if it is stolen; however, it is wonderfully handy when you children have walked off with it and left it in some other room of the house. I've used it several times to find where it has been "misplaced."
  9. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    I can't imagine how "Find my iPod" can help you find an iPod in your own house.
  10. xAnthony macrumors 65816


    Mar 2, 2010
    I guess it would be good in that way, but I still see it being pointless overall. Way more flaws than positive features about the whole thing.

    The only other good thing I could see about it is stalking your kids. If they say they went somewhere but they really didn't.. you could find out by using the app.
  11. shitepoke59 macrumors newbie

    Oct 10, 2011
    Find My iPod Issue

    Find my iPod/Mobile Me is of no use if you are outside of your wi-fi range. I have a dual band wi-fi router with a optimum range of 300 feet. If I venture outside that range with my iPod and lose it I will be unable to locate it via Mobile Me. The iPod must be within range of your wi-fi router to connect to the internet and be located by the gps signal. Of course this is no problem with an iPhone as the phone's network signal is always within range. So I agree with "tominco" where a lost/misplaced iPod is an issue within the environs of the home it can be a good service so long as the wi-fi and location services settings are "on" and the device is configured to a wi-fi router.
  12. herdnerfer macrumors 6502

    Feb 12, 2011
    Saint louis, MO
    iPod touch rocks with find my ipod

    I have a iPod touch and Find my iPod has helped me several times! Mainly when I leave it somewhere in the house or it falls into the cracks of one of the many couches I have collected over the years. I just tell it to make a sound and follow the noise! I also know this has worked when it has been locked as well.
  13. Darth.Titan macrumors 68030


    Oct 31, 2007
    Austin, TX
    You send the command to sound an alert, and just follow the sound.

    I wish my TV remote could do that...
  14. pepi macrumors member

    Dec 13, 2010
    THIS ... I always turn on Airplane mode to save battery life since the battery life sucks on these.

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