What Is The Difference Between The Find My iPhone App and the Find My iPhone Service ?

In our How To Track Your iPhone page we explain how to configure your iCloud account and iPhone or iPad to use the Find My iPhone service to track your device.  The biggest question and source of confusion for many users is what is the difference between the Find My iPhone configuration and the Find My iPhone App

This page will explain the difference between the Find My iPhone App and the "Configuration"

 

Watch the video version:

 

Find My iPhone - THE SERVICE

Find My iPhone is an iCloud service offered by Apple to help locate your iPhone or iPad (and now even your Mac!) should you misplace it.  In order to use the Find My iPhone service, you must configure/set it up on your device.  Once configured you can then use a PC, Mac or another iPhone to track and locate the device.

To Configure Find My iPhone you must go into your iPhone settings and enter your iCloud username and password, then make sure that Find My iPhone is enabled:

Find my iPhone settingsiCloud Settings

Now that Find My iPhone is enabled, the iPhone or iPad is trackable via the iCloud Web page or via the Find My iPhone App on another device.

It is important to note that you must configure the iCloud Find My iPhone service BEFORE you lose your device or before it gets stolen.  There is no way to remotely configure Find My iPhone after your iPhone is gone! 

 

Find My iPhone - The APP

The Find My iPhone AppThe Find My iPhone App is a free iPhone and iPad app from Apple that allows you to track and locate a device that has been configured to use the Find My iPhone service:

If you misplace your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac, the Find My iPhone app will let you use another iOS device to find it and protect your data. Simply install this free app on another iOS device, open it, and sign in with your Apple ID. Find My iPhone will help you locate your missing device on a map.

As you can see from Apple's description of the app above, the Find My iPhone App is used to locate another device - it is important to note that installing Find My iPhone (the App) on your phone or iPad DOES NOT MAKE IT TRACKABLE -  Installing the Find My iPhone App only allows you to track another device that has been pre-configured with the Find My iPhone service as mentioned above, and on this page: Track your iPhone

 

 

 

Summary:

  • The Find My iPhone service must be configured on your device BEFORE it can be tracked
  • The Find My iPhone App is used to track another device - and does not in itself make a device trackable
  • The Find My iPhone service is intended to help locate a misplaced device, not to track and confront thieves - leave that to the professionals!

 

   

   

Comments

if you have Find My iPhone properly configured, when you use the Find My iPhone App or sign on to iCloud.com and use Find My iPHone, you would see your iPhone listed as one of the devices. Even if your iPhone was turned off, you would see it listed and the status would say "offline".
If you don't see your iPhone listed in your account when using Find My iPhone, then it has not been configured to use Find My iPhone on your account.

I have find my phone how do I activate it I look on my I pad but that's is all that comes up no I phone just the pad Only device it sees What could the reason for this dead battery ?? They did something help me find my phone it's thanksgiving night now

Yep! If someone gives you their iCloud password you can log in to the Find My iPhone app on any phone or at www.icloud.com and track their location assuming Find My iPhone is setup on their phone. Dont forget that they will also get notifications that they are being tracked but since they gave you their password that's probably not an issue.

If I have the Find My iPhone App in my iphone, can I track somebody else's iphone if i know his/her icloud id and password? Will the App allow me to enter an icloud id and password different than mine? I haven't downloaded the APP yet. Thanks.

yes there is a chance IF someone turns it back on and has not wiped it clean. If it has iOS 7, they can't wipe it clean without your iCloud password, so there is a good chance.

Pages

Add new comment