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I accidentally lost my iPhone yesterday. What can be done now?

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I accidentally lost my iPhone yesterday. What can be done now?

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There are two troubleshooting cases:

  • Find My Phone enabled: If this feature is enabled, connect using your Apple Account on the following page to initiate the find procedure: https://www.icloud.com/#find

  • Find My Phone disabled: If the feature is disabled, log-in to your Apple account and change the password. This way you will protect any data on the stolen or lost phone: https://appleid.apple.com/

For additional information, use the page provided by the manufacturer: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201472

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1. Track It With Find My iPhone

Find My iPhone is a service that comes free with every iOS device and Mac computer, and it allows you to track your iPhone, whether it was lost or stolen. Of course, it only works when the phone is on and it has a signal, so if your phone gets stolen and the thief was smart enough to turn off the phone or put it in Airplane Mode, Find My iPhone won’t work, but it’ll at least give you a fighting chance.

2. Call the Police & File a Report

Be sure to call the police and not only file a report, but also tell them that you know the location of the stolen device if you know where it is from Find My iPhone. If that’s the case, they’ll usually send an officer out to help retrieve the stolen iPhone and catch the perp. Under no circumstances should you pursue the perp on your own, as you have no idea what they’re capable of. Let the police handle it.

3. Remotely Erase Your Stolen iPhone

At this point, if you can’t locate your stolen iPhone and the police can’t help you find it, you’re probably at the point where you’ll never see it again, which is why it would be a good time to remotely wipe your stolen iPhone if you can using iCloud and Find My iPhone.

4. Call Your Carrier

After you remote-wiped your iPhone, be sure to call your mobile carrier to cancel service on the iPhone, that way if the thief can access your device, you won’t rack up any charges for text messages and calls made by the thief, and will instead shut down service and prevent him from making calls and sending text messages.

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