Last Update: 25 June 2017 There are some situations in which someone plays a prank or we just lost the iPhone in our home or at office. We often forget where we kept it and then look for it every where from neighbour house to office. In these cases, we want to find our iPhone immediately rather than signing in to iCloud on PC and looking for its location on the map. It’s a time taking process and secondly you may not have your laptop everywhere with you. Check out the below methods of finding your iPhone without iCloud.
Find My iPhone Without iCloud
To find the location of your iPhone immediately, you can use Find My iPhone app developed by Apple itself for all of its iOS devices. Find my iPhone app was a paid app but now it’s totally free and you can install it in seconds on your mobile. It helps you track the location, get turn by turn direction towards your lost/stolen iPhone and many other options. You can download this app from iTunes immediately.
Apple’s Find My iPhone app can be installed within seconds from app store on any iOS device. You can use your friends or family iPhone or iPad to use find my iPhone app. You simply need to download and install the app then signin with your iCloud or Apple user ID and password.
Now suppose you lost your iPhone somewhere and you did not find it after initial search. Simply take your friends iPhone or any other iOS device such as iPOD, iPAD or Macbook that you have at the moment and install FIND MY iPHONE app from app store.
As soon as the find my iPhone app installs,
- You can sign in inside the app with your Apple ID and password.
- After signing in, you can see the location of all your apple devices.
- Now you can see the location of your lost iPhone. You will see the devices as a green dot on the map. Select the iPhone from the options that is lost .
- Simply tap on the green dot ( location of your iPhone) to check out for other options such as turn by turn directions.
In case it’s gets stolen, you can immediately lock it, erase the memory and send a message on your iPhone with a contact number. In this way, you can protect all the information on your iPhone. With iOS 7 upgrade you also get a feature called ACTIVATION LOCK. Once it’s turned on, it’s very hard to sell or use the device as it asks for Apple id and Password.
Find Your iPhone Without iCloud Using Third Party Apps
Find my iPhone is the official app that you can use on your friends mobile or mac to locate your iPhone. Beside this app there are ton of apps available on iTunes that can help you locate or track your iPhone, iPad, iPod and Macbook. However there is only 1 requirement to use these apps. Apps should already be installed on your iPhone then only they can track your iPhone. If app is installed then you can perform number of functions such as wipe, click a pic, record audio, take backup of contact info, ring or send a message to your phone.
I am going to list a number of apps that you should install on your iOS device as soon as you purchase it. These help will be of real help in case of stolen and lost iPhone problem.
These four apps are very efficient in performing a number of functions remotely. You should install atleast one of them on your iOS device to make sure that it tracks your device. iHound and GPSTracker offer Geofencing function which is really helpful for parents. With Geofencing function you can set an area in which your iPhone or iPad should be there. If it goes outside that area then you will get immediate alert on your phone or email. It’s even more good as you can set alerts for specific places too. Suppose it enters into a nearby store such as MacD or Pizzahut then you will immediate alert regarding the same that your device entered the place.
There are many other anti-theft apps which need to preinstalled on your iPhone before you lose it. Some of these anti-theft apps offer exclusive features such as remotely clicking pics from camera, recording the voice remotely, message on screen and so many other things. It’s always best to install such application whenever you purchase a new iOS device whether it’s a new iPhone, iPad, iWatch or Macbook. These apps are really helpful in case you ever lost your device.
You can track all these activities using the apps website. You don’t need to use the iCloud in case of these apps. You need to sign in the apps website and you will be able to perform all the functions. Some functions are available as in app purchases that you can take. However most basic functions are free that you can use anytime.