How To Find Someone Else's iPhone When It's Lost

The iPhone Find My app is a great tool to find a misplaced, lost, or even stolen iPhone. While it is most commonly used to locate your own devices, you can also find someone else’s iPhone using this feature. The new Find My app allows you to help a friend find their iPhone, since it now cleverly combines the Find My iPhone and Find My Friends functions that Apple released previously.

Related: How to Find Your iPhone Even If It’s Dead or Offline

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How Do You Find Someone Else's iPhone?

Help someone else find their iPhone (or find your own iPhone from someone else's iPhone) by following these simple steps:

  1. Open the Find My app.
  2. Select Me from the options on the bottom of the screen.

    Tap on Me at the bottom right
     
  3. Tap on Help a Friend at the very bottom. This will open iCloud.com.
  4. Have your friend sign in to iCloud using their Apple ID to see their devices.

    Tap on Help a Friend at the very bottomHave your friend sign into iCloud to find their iPhone
     
  5. If the lost device appears to be nearby, you can tap Play Sound to help you locate it.
  6. If the lost iPhone is far away, you can tap Lost Mode to help protect the data on the phone and automatically turn on Low Power Mode to give you more time to search.

    Us Play Sound to locate an iPhone that seems to be close byTap on Lost Mode to enable Lost Mode on your friend's lost iPhone
     
  7. I don't recommend deleting everything from the iPhone with the Erase iPhone button unless you're sure it's in danger and the private data is at risk of being stolen but you have no other way of preventing it. To help make this decision, you can read up on what Lost Mode does, and see if it will do an adequate job of protecting the compromised iPhone.

Now that you know how to find someone else's lost iPhone, you'll be very popular with your more forgetful friends!

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Olena Kagui

Olena Kagui is a freelance writer who lives in Rhode Island. With a BA in International Relations from Anglo American University, Olena traveled the world. She has lived in Ukraine, the Czech Republic, China, and the USA. Olena won an excellence award for a controversial article, got a grant to blog from a war-zone, and published a short fictional story. She hopes to publish a full-length novel and continue writing up a storm on every topic under the sun! When she’s not typing or flying, she is loving on animals, crafting bizarre creations, and devouring all-you-can-eat sushi.