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How to set up and use Find My iPhone On ?

Do you want to enable the option to play a sound on and locate your iPhone and other Apple devices? Follow along for how to set up and use Find My iPhone with Siri, HomePod, and all of your other Apple devices.

Find My iPhone is a handy security and device tracking feature built-in to iOS. And with the latest software, iOS 12, you can even use Siri and HomePod to play a sound on your devices with Find My iPhone and easily locate them.

First we’ll look at making sure Find My iPhone is turned on, then go over how to use it. Skip below if you know you already have it enabled.

How to set up and use Find My iPhone

How to set up Find My iPhone

  1. Open Settings and tap your name
  2. Tap iCloud, then swipe down and choose Find My iPhone
  3. Make sure its toggled on and Send Last Location is useful to turn on too
  4. The same steps apply for iPad, while Find My Watch is automatically turned on with a paired Apple Watch

Here’s how these steps look:

set up use Find My iPhone

How to use Find My iPhone to locate devices

  1. Ask Siri on any of your devices including HomePod and Apple TV “where is my iPhone?” (can do the same for Apple Watch, iPad, Mac, and AirPods)
  2. Your device will play a sound
  3. If it’s not nearby, open the Find My iPhone app on iPhone or iPad to see its location
  4. You can also firm press on the Find My iPhone app to get quick shortcuts to play sounds on your devices
  5. In the Find My iPhone app you’ll see a full list of your devices, choose one, then tap Actions at the bottom to play a sound, put it Lost Mode, or erase your device

Here’s a look at the various ways to use Find My iPhone:

set up and use Find My iPhone walkthrough

You can also play a sound on your iPhone with Apple Watch. Swipe up from the bottom of the screen and tap the iPhone icon or just ask Siri. Here’s how this looks:

Locate a device in Find My iPhone on

You can use Find My iPhone on to find the approximate location of your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, Apple Watch, or AirPods if Find My [device] is set up and the following is true:

  • iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, or Apple Watch: The device is online. Find My iPhone on doesn’t support the Find My network.
  • AirPods: The AirPods are out of their case and near one of your iOS or iPadOS devices.

To sign in to Find My iPhone, go to

Locate your device

  1. In Find My iPhone on, click All Devices. Select the device you want to locate. The name of the device appears in the center of the toolbar.
    • If the device can be located: It appears on the map so you can see where it is.

      Note: If your AirPods are separated from each other, you see only one location at a time on the map. First, find the one shown on the map and put it in the case. Then refresh the map and find the other one.

    • If the device can’t be located: You see Offline under the device’s name. The last known location is displayed for up to 24 hours. Select “Notify me when found” to get an email when it’s located again.
  2. To locate another device, click the name of the current device in the center of the toolbar to access the Devices list, then select a new device.

Note: If you’re no longer using a device, remove it from your account so it doesn’t appear in Find My iPhone.

Locate a family member’s or friend’s device

If you’re part of a Family Sharing group, you can use Find My iPhone to help locate any family member’s device. Their devices appear below yours in the Devices list.

Each family member must set up their devices to share their locations with other family members. See the Apple Support article Share your location with your family. Once they set up location sharing, you can locate their devices using the instructions above.

You can’t add a friend’s device to Find My iPhone. Friends who lose a device can go to and sign in with their Apple ID.

Update the map

Do any of the following:

  • Update the location: After selecting a device in the Devices list, click the green dot on the map, then click Refresh.
  • Move the map: Drag it.
  • Zoom in: Click the Zoom In button or pinch open on a trackpad.
  • Zoom out: Click the Zoom Out button or pinch closed on a trackpad.
  • Change the map view: In the bottom-right corner, click the current view, then click the view you want (Standard, Hybrid, or Satellite).

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