Wednesday, October 19, 2011

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Locate and Lock or Wipe Your Stolen iPad and iPhone | How To Destroy Your Data From Your Stolen iOS5 Devices

This article not only helps you to lock your iPhone or iPad, but it also helps you to destroy all your data in your iPhone and iPad even when you don’t have access to it physically. And Find My iPhone/iPad not only allows you to track your lost or stolen iOS device.

Here let us see how Find My iPhone / iPad allows you to remotely remove all your sensitive data off of the device and even lock it in the case of theft.

This is what you need to do when you first got your iOS 5 device. Don’t forget, this is much in case if you want to locate your lost or stolen device.

When you first install iOS 5 on your devices they take you through a wizard to set-up iCloud by signing in with your Apple ID. If you skipped this or you didn’t enable iCloud this can be done by going to settings on the home screen and then choosing iCloud. When you first enable iCloud you will be asked if you wish to allow the Find My service access to your location.

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If you originally choose Don’t Allow when setting up iCloud, your configuration will look like this.

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All you have to do is click on the off button next to Find My iPhone/iPad to enable it. You will see a message pop up, you need to choose allow.

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Once you have chosen allow, the Find My service will have access to your location where you currently having your iPad or iPhone.

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And this is what you need to do in case if you have lost your iPhone or iPad or if you need to control the access to your personal files on your iPad or iPhone when it is not with you physically.

Login into your iCloud account on a PC. Once logged in click on the Find My iPhone button.

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Locking Your Device

Your devices will be located on a Map, to lock or wipe them click on the Info button next to the devices name.

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If you choose to lock your device you will be asked to set a 4 Digit pin code that you will need to input if you find your phone.

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Once you have entered your passcode and confirmed it you , must click the blue lock button in the top right hand corner. You will then see a confirmation that your device has in fact been locked.

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Once you get your Phone or iPad back, or once you find your phone you will be prompted for the passcode.

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Wiping Your Device

You could choose the Wipe option which will delete ALL your data from your iPhone.

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Once your select remote wipe, you will be prompted with a message that warns you that once your wipe your iDevice it can no longer be tracked.

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Once you click Wipe your device will be wiped, this cannot be undone.

That’s it. So, note down that if you still need to access your iPhone or iPad even after you lost it physically, initially, you need to set-up iCloud by signing in with your Apple ID.

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