Find My iPhone: Locate your device

Locate your device

Find the approximate location of your iOS device, Apple Watch, AirPods, or Mac. You can locate a device if:

  • Find My iPhone is set up on the iPhone or Mac you want to locate.

  • Apple Watch is paired with an iPhone.

  • The iOS device, Apple Watch, or Mac is online.

  • AirPods are out of their case and near one of your iOS devices. Any of your iOS devices can find the AirPods, but they must be paired with at least one of your iOS devices.

If you have Family Sharing set up, you can also locate a family member’s device. For more information, see the Apple Support article Family Sharing and location.

  1. Sign in to Find My iPhone on this device with your Apple ID (the one you use with iCloud).

    Your devices are listed below the map. The dot next to a device indicates its status:

    • A blue dot  indicates the device you’re currently using.

    • A green dot  means it’s online. If the device can be located, you also see the time it was last located.

    • A gray dot  means it’s offline (turned off or not connected to a network. AirPods are offline if they’re out of battery life, in their case, or not near one of your iOS devices). If the device was recently online, you also see the time it was last located. If the device has been offline for over 24 hours, you see “Offline.”

  2. Tap the device you want to locate. If you have a device that supports 3D Touch, press the device you want to locate in the list to peek at its location; press a little deeper to see more options.

    • If the device is online and can be located, its approximate location is shown on the map. The green shadow indicates its location (the smaller the shadow, the better the accuracy).

      Note: If your AirPods are separated from each other, you see only one location at a time on the map. First, find the one shown on the map and put it in the case. Then refresh the map and find the other one.

    • If Find My iPhone can’t locate the device, the last known location is displayed for up to 24 hours. To get an email when it comes online, tap Notify When Found.

  3. Do any of the following:

    • Update the location: Tap Refresh .

    • Move the map: Swipe.

    • Zoom in: Double-tap with one finger (or pinch open).

    • Zoom out: Double-tap with two fingers (or pinch closed).

    • Change the map view: Tap the Information button , then tap the view (Standard, Hybrid, or Satellite).

    • Get directions to your device: Tap Actions, then tap the car icon .

  4. If you’re using a friend’s device, sign out of Find My iPhone when you’re done.

You can also find instructions for locating your device on iCloud.com. Click the Help button , then go to Find My iPhone > Locate.

Note: Maps and location information depend on data collection services provided by third parties. These services are subject to change and may not be available in all geographic areas, resulting in inaccurate or incomplete maps or location information.

Published Date: Dec 14, 2017
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