How To Find Someone Else's iPhone When It's Lost (2022 Update)

Become a friendly neighborhood iPhone tracker for your friends with this simple solution.

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 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

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. Once you master this move, you can sign up for our free Tip of the Day newsletter to find more ways to be your friends' iPhone savior.

  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

    Tap help a friend
  4. Have your friend sign in to iCloud using their Apple ID to see their devices.

    Sign in with Apple ID
  5. Select the device they are looking for.

    Select device
  6. If the lost device appears to be nearby, you can tap Play Sound to help you locate it.

    Us Play Sound to locate an iPhone that seems to be close by
  7. 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.

    Tap on Lost Mode to enable Lost Mode on your friend's lost iPhone

I don't recommend using the third option in that bottom menu--deleting everything from the iPhone with the Erase iPhone button—unless you're sure the phone is in danger and the private data is at risk of being stolen. 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! Read about how accurate Find My iPhone really is next.

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Olena Kagui

Olena Kagui is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life who lives in Hawaii. 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 her blog The Travel Bug Bite! When she’s not typing or flying, she is loving on animals, crafting bizarre creations, and devouring all-you-can-eat sushi.