Locate a lost or stolen device

Use the Find My app to locate your missing device, even if it's gone offline.

The Find My app combines Find My iPhone and Find My Friends into a single app on iOS 13 or later, iPadOS, and macOS Catalina. If you need help finding it, use Search on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch or use Spotlight on your Mac

If you have iOS 12 or earlier or macOS Mojave or earlier, set up and use Find My iPhone on your device. And learn how Find My iPhone works on iCloud.com.

What you need

Find a missing device

If you turn on Find My [device] before your device goes missing, you can use Find My to get it back, even if your device is hidden under a chair cushion, in another room, or somewhere across town. If Offline Finding is on, you can also find a device that's not connected to a network.

See it on the map

  1. Open the Find My app.
  2. Choose the Devices tab.
  3. Select the device to see its location on the map. If you belong to a Family Sharing group, you can see the devices in your group.

Play a sound

  1. Open the Find My app.
  2. Choose the Devices tab.
  3. Select your missing device, then choose Play Sound. If your device is offline, it won't play a sound until it connects to a network.

Get directions

  1. Open the Find My app.
  2. Choose the Devices tab.
  3. Select your missing device, then choose Directions to open its location in Maps.

If you don't have access to an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with Find My, you can locate a missing device from iCloud.com

Mark your device as lost

Keep your information secure even if your device is missing. Use Mark As Lost to remotely lock your missing device with a passcode, display a custom message with your phone number on the Lock screen, and keep track of your device's location.

Mark As Lost can be used for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple Watch, and Mac.

Use Mark As Lost

  1. Open the Find My app and select the Devices tab.
  2. Choose your missing device.
  3. Scroll down to Mark As Lost and select Activate.
  4. Choose Continue, then enter your phone number if you want it to display on your missing device.
  5. Select Next. If you want, you can choose to enter a custom message asking the finder of your missing device to contact you.
  6. Select Activate.

Learn more about how to lock your Mac.

If you activate Mark As Lost

The missing device is remotely locked. If you have Apple Pay set up on the device, it is disabled. A confirmation email is sent to the primary email address associated with your Apple ID. When you recover your device, you will need to unlock it with your passcode.

Remotely erase a device

To prevent anyone else from accessing the data on your missing device, you can erase it remotely. When you erase your device, all of your information (including credit, debit, or prepaid cards for Apple Pay) is deleted from the device, and you won't be able to find it using Find My:

  1. Open the Find My app and tab the Devices tab.
  2. Select the device you want to remotely erase.
  3. Scroll down and choose Erase This Device.
  4. Select Erase This [device].

After you erase a device, you can't track it. If you remove the device from your account after you erase it, Activation Lock will be turned off. This allows another person to turn on and use your device.

Find a missing device from iCloud.com

When you log in to iCloud.com with the Apple ID that you used to sign in on the missing device, you can use Find My iPhone to locate the device, have it play a sound, mark it as lost, or erase it remotely.

If a friend's device is missing

You can help a friend find their device if it's missing and has Find My [device] turned on:

  1. Open the Find My app.
  2. Choose the Me tab.
  3. Select Help a Friend.
  4. Have your friend sign in to iCloud with the Apple ID they're signed in with on their missing device.
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