How to Use Find My: From configuring your iPhone to locating your AirTag

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The most frustrating aspect of owning an Apple gadget is forgetting where you left it – you may have misplaced your iPhone beneath the bed or your AirPods in the garden.

Find My originally emerged in 2010 as Find My iPhone, which accomplished exactly what its name implied. As the years passed, the program was improved to include the ability to locate your Mac and other Apple devices, resulting in the name change to Find My.

There was also a distinct app called Find My Friends that performed the same functions as Find My, but it was merged into Find My in 2019.

It’s developed into a critical app for when the worst-case situation arises. You can mark your Mac as lost, locate your iPad using a map, make your iPhone ring loudly, or use a recently added function in iOS 15 to assist you in locating your AirTags using an augmented reality-focused view.

With this in mind, our article will demonstrate how to utilize all of the app’s capabilities, providing you with peace of mind in the event that you lose track of your iPhone.

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How to configure Find My iPhone on your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and AirPods

When you purchase an Apple device, one of the first steps is to create an iCloud account. This not only activates numerous capabilities, such as email and device syncing, but also registers the device for Find My.

However, if you want to verify,

  • Navigate to Settings > Account name at the top > Find My and verify that ‘Find My iPhone’ is enabled. The Apple device name displayed here will vary based on the device you’re using.

However, if you reached the setup screen without logging in with an iCloud account or if you do not yet have an Apple ID, select Create a new Apple ID and follow the on-screen instructions.

While you’re here, ensure that Share My Location is turned on. This function will constantly update the location of the iPhone, iPad, and other devices in Find My.

A new feature of iPhone 13 and higher smartphones is that they will continue to transmit location information even when the battery is depleted or the device is switched off.

How to install and configure Find My on Mac

Find My on the Mac looks quite similar to Find My on the iPad, so you’ll be right at home. There is a sidebar that displays the location of your friends and family members, as long as they have consented, as well as your gadgets and any compatible keys. On the app, you may access the same functionality as on your iPhone or iPad, such as enabling a sound or entering Lost Mode.

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  • To verify that it is turned on, navigate to System Preferences > AppleID > Find My Mac > Options.

If it’s On, there’s nothing else you can do. However, if you intend to sell your Mac, be sure to turn this off, as it will not completely remove if left alone.

Airtags are coins-sized tags were release in April 2021 and can be inserted into bags, laptop cases, and other accessories that allow Tags to be slotted into and attached to keys.

Once activated by pulling the tag, they will pair with your iPhone and appear in FindMy.

AirTags now include a new capability that allows your iPhone to direct you to their location.

  • Navigate to Find My > Items > Your AirTag’s name > Find, and the app will attempt to connect to your AirTag.

Once this is completed, it will prompt you with the direction and distance remaining. As you follow the direction, the taps on your iPhone will become faster as you move closer to the AirTag.