Use iOS 7′s Anti-Theft Activation Lock

Edited by Johanna de los Reyes, Joely, Lynn, Anonymous and 2 others

Losing your iPhone or Tablet can leave you feeling miserable. Using the activation lock in iOS 7 can make it a little less painful, because it can shut out would-be thieves. Using Apple's Find My iPhone Tool, you can activate a lock on your lost iPhone, as well as delete all the data from the device. Once you have done this, whoever has stolen or found your lost phone will need your Apple ID and password to activate the device. This essentially turns your iPhone into a worthless piece of glass and metal for the person in possession of your phone. Here's how you can use the activation lock feature of iOS 7:

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Activate the Lock Feature of iOS7

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    Go to your phone's "Settings" app.
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    Tap "iCloud".
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    Log in with your Apple ID when prompted.
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    Go to "Find My iPhone" and turn it on.
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Erase or Lock Your Tablet or iPhone

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    On your computer, go to iCloud.com .
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    Log in using your Apple ID and password.
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    Go to "Find my iPhone".
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    Select "Devices".
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    Click on your device.
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    Find My iPhone will give you three options:
    Play a sound, designate your phone as lost, or erase your device completely.
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Tips Tricks & Warnings

  • The option to play a sound is useful if your phone is just misplaced somewhere in your house.
  • Putting your phone into lost mode protects your phone, by implementing a PIN and placing a message on how you can be contacted on the lock screen.
  • Some of the custom messages you can put on the lock screen of your lost phone could be "This iPad has been lost", "I will offer a reward" or "Please give it back".
  • By erasing the device remotely, you will set off the Activation Lock and block the device from restarting or being reactivated without the lock code.

How to Avoid Phone Theft

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    Avoid putting your phone at your jeans' back pocket or on the side of your bag.
    You should specifically avoid this if you know you are going to a very crowded place that you are not very familiar with. Doing this can easily attract pickpockets and you can lose your phone without you even knowing or feeling it.
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    Do not use your phone on the road.
    There are several cases of snatching that happens to people who use their phone while on the road. Some person will just suddenly tap your hand so you let go of the phone and that person will just run away with your phone. If possible, delay your phone use to a later time when you are in a safer place, unless of course there is an emergency that you need to attend to.
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    Do not leave your phone unattended, even if it's a familiar place such as the office.
    Phone theft can happen anywhere. Therefore, a higher level of vigilance can certainly prevent this kind of annoying situation from happening.
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What to Do When Your Phone Has Just Gone Missing

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    Try ringing your phone.
    If you are not sure how you may have lost your phone, you may consider trying to ring it in order to check if you did not just drop it somewhere around where you stay. However, this is not effective if your phone is on silent, although you can try looking for the light that opens when your phone starts to ring.
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    Erase or lock your phone right away.
    If after several attempts of ringing your phone you still cannot find it, it is logical to consider that someone has actually gotten it. If you have not set up your pass-code lock, make sure that you erase and lock your phone right away, based on the steps mentioned above. If you do not have a pass-code lock, it is very risky because your information can easily be accessed by the person who took away your phone.
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    Report the loss to your service provider.
    This will ensure that even though the person who got your phone was able to access your phone, he won't be able to consume your data plan. Also, it may be worthwhile to have your number blocked in the meantime, just to ensure that no one else will use your phone line.
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