You frantically pat your pockets or dig through your purse, as the realisation sets in: you’ve misplaced your iPhone. Fortunately, Apple’s free Find My iPhone app makes it easy to find out where you lost your phone.
As the app’s name suggests, it’s good for precisely one thing, finding your iPhone (or your iPod touch or your iPad). If you’ve set up Apple’s service for locating your device, then it’s a breeze to enter your username and password, tap your device and find it on a map.
As with the service’s web interface, you can use the Find My iPhone app to send a message to your lost phone, play a sound (so that you can find it where it slipped behind the sofa cushions), remotely lock your device with a passcode or erase the whole thing so nobody gets their hands on your data. As you’d expect from Apple, all this functionality is presented in a straightforward fashion that makes the app simple and intuitive to navigate.
Lost your iPhone? Find it with Find my iPhone
If there’s one thing missing from the program, it’s that the app will display your device on a map, but it doesn’t offer any way to plot a route there, or otherwise save or export the location. Better integration with iOS’s built-in Maps app would be welcome.
Hopefully, you’ll never have to fire up Find My iPhone for anything other than a tech demo for curious friends, but if you do, then you’ll find it does its job with aplomb.