What is the best app for tracking the iPhone in case it gets lost?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by lukeman3000, Jul 21, 2010.

  1. lukeman3000 macrumors regular

    Nov 20, 2007
    I'm just looking for a reliable app, preferably without a monthy charge, that will simply show me the location of my phone on a map. It doesn't have to be uber-accurate -- the closer the better obviously, but if I know its last-known location in a general sense (a mile or less), it's likely I'll remember where it could have been lost that day.

    I was looking at taptrace, and some others, but all the ones I've seen got mediocre reviews. iHound looks alright, but I don't like the whole monthly fee thing. Also, I'm not going to sign up for mobile me just to track my phone. Any suggestions?
  2. Apple-NoEscape macrumors 6502

    Mar 25, 2010
    United Kingdom
    Bumping this for you.
    Most seem to rely on them opening the app, so I'm guesing with ios4.0 someone could make one that runs in the background. Would kill the battery though.
  3. TheShinyMac macrumors 6502a


    Apr 3, 2009
    Mobile Me has the find my iphone, doesnt need to run in the background!
  4. magpie maniac macrumors 6502

    magpie maniac

    Aug 24, 2007
    You get what you pay for. Seriously.

    I use MobileMe.
  5. Krayzie116 macrumors 6502

    Mar 31, 2010
    Don't you have to pay yearly for the mobile me for it to work?
  6. Goldinboy17 macrumors 65816


    Jun 21, 2010
    San Francisco, Ca
    Yes. MobileMe is by far the most accurate on the iPhone though. I know Android had Mobile Defense which was amazingly great, and free. However, this is Apple. You can buy an individual license for an entire year on eBay, and it will only set you back about $40.
  7. mlts22 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 28, 2008

    If you use an Exchange account, you can use the functionality there to do a remote wipe.

    I use MobileMe mainly because of the Find My iPhone function. This way, between 10 wrong PIN guesses, and two ways to erase my phone should it get stolen or lost, I should be OK.

    As for Android, I found WaveSecure a decent tool, but because Android only encrypts apps (and that only in 2.2), it is hard to find a way to erase data on the memory card. iPhones are more secure in this regard, although I don't know how much equipment it would take to disassemble the phone and dig through the flash memory to find any deleted, but un-wiped data. Likely way too much for almost anything but state secrets.
  8. Mike84 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 23, 2010
  9. Mike84 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 23, 2010
    Anyone else looked into this app and tested it out?
  10. BlondeBuddhist macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2010
    I have MobileMe as well.

    However if I lose my iPhone I am fully convinced it will go from lost to stolen quite quick. I try to believe that the best in people can be pulled, though I don't stay naive about this. Now that I don't drink (and consequently) don't black out anymore, I don't see myself losing my iPhone. I use it often enough to know if it was gone, almost immediately.

    Blonde Buddhist
  11. satirev macrumors 6502

    May 23, 2010
  12. Mike84 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 23, 2010
    It has a website apparently.

    I was going through the reviews and it seems great. The only issue that people mention is that battery gets drained, but the developer may have fixed it.
  13. Mike84 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 23, 2010

    I downloaded this app and thus far it works really well.

    You log into the website and can track your phone. It even gives you a status on the battery.

    I will update this thread later on with information on how it drains the battery.
  14. MotleyGrrl macrumors 6502


    Jun 15, 2010
    Chicago, IL
    When I lost my 3G and tried to locate it with mobile me, it kept saying it couldn't locate my phone. SO much for that. I did get the phone returned though.
  15. tirk macrumors 6502


    Jun 16, 2010
    Wimbledon, UK
    Going slightly off-topic, Microsoft have My Phone available for W6.x (and the forthcoming WP7 monstrosity) which also offers to find and optionally erase a lost phone. Free upfront and for a small number of tracking/erasing requests, makes MobileMe look expensive :rolleyes:
  16. mrmicp macrumors member

    Nov 5, 2009
    True, but MobileMe is much more than just a tracking tool..that's just a bonus feature IMO
  17. MythicFrost macrumors 68040


    Mar 11, 2009
    MobileMe is the only thing that'll do this well, as far as I know. It's about $120 a year, you also get 10GB of online storage, 10GB of e-mail, and wireless syncing.
  18. mrmicp macrumors member

    Nov 5, 2009
    Thats quite expensive, over here in the UK you can pick it up for about £28 which equates to about $43

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