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iCloud: Set up Find My iPhone

Set up Find My iPhone

Before you can locate your devices, you need to set up iCloud and turn on Find My iPhone on each of your iOS devices and Mac computers. Find My iPhone requires an iOS device or Mac that meets minimum system requirements.

Important:   To see all your devices in Find My iPhone, use the same Apple ID to set up iCloud on each of your devices.

Set up an iOS device

  1. On your device’s Home screen, tap Settings, then tap iCloud.

    If you’re asked to sign in, enter your Apple ID or, if you don’t have one, tap Get a Free Apple ID, then follow the instructions.

  2. If Find My iPhone (or Find My iPad or Find My iPod) is turned off, tap to turn it on.

    Tip:   For added security, set up a passcode that needs to be entered before anyone can access the apps and information on your device. To set up a passcode, go to Settings > Passcode or Touch ID & Passcode. If your device has iOS 5 or iOS 6, go to Settings > General > Passcode Lock.

Set up a Mac

  1. On your Mac, choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click iCloud.

    If you’re asked to sign in, enter your Apple ID or, if you don’t have one, click Create new Apple ID, then follow the instructions.

  2. If Find My Mac is turned off, select it to turn it on.

    Tip:   For added security, make sure your user account requires a password and that automatic login is turned off in Users & Groups preferences. For more information, choose Help > System Preferences Help.

If you’re a member of a Family Sharing group, you can also use Find My iPhone to help find and protect your family members’ iOS 8 devices and Mac computers with OS X Yosemite. Family devices and computers must be set up to share their locations with other family members.

  • In iOS 8: Go to Settings > iCloud > Share My Location.

  • In OS X Yosemite: Open iCloud preferences, click Manage Family Sharing, then select family members one at a time.

When you set up Find My iPhone, Activation Lock is turned on automatically. Activation Lock makes it harder for anyone to use or sell your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch if it’s ever lost or stolen. For more information, see the Apple Support article Find My iPhone Activation Lock.

If you’re having trouble with Find My iPhone, see the Apple Support article Troubleshooting Find My iPhone.

Last Modified: Jan 8, 2015
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