Set up Find My iPhone in iOS 12 or earlier

In iOS 12 or earlier, turn on Find My iPhone so you can find your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, Apple Watch, and AirPods if they go missing. In iOS 13 or later, use the Find My app instead. 

If you have iOS 13, iPadOS, or macOS Catalina or later, the Find My app combines Find My iPhone and Find My Friends into a single app. Set up the Find My app and turn on Find My [device] to get started.

In iOS 12 or earlier, Find My iPhone helps you locate and protect your Apple device if it’s ever lost or stolen. Just sign in to iCloud.com or the Find My iPhone app to see your missing device on a map, play a sound to help you find it, use Lost Mode to lock and track it, or remotely erase all of your personal information.


How to set up Find My iPhone in iOS 12 or earlier

  1. Start at your Home screen.
  2. Tap Settings > [your name] > iCloud.
  3. Scroll to the bottom and tap Find My iPhone.
  4. Slide to turn on Find My iPhone and Send Last Location.

If you’re asked to sign in, enter your Apple ID. If you forgot your Apple ID, we can help you find it.

When you set up Find My iPhone, your paired Apple Watch and AirPods are automatically set up too.

How to set up Find My Mac in macOS Mojave or earlier

  1. Choose Apple menu  > System Preferences.
  2. Click iCloud.
  3. Check the box to turn on Find My Mac.

If you see a Details button next to Find My Mac, click Details > Open Security & Privacy > Enable Location Services. If Enable Location Services is dimmed in Security & Privacy preferences, click  and enter the name and password of the computer administrator.

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