Have you ever misplaced your iPhone or iPad? It can be a disturbing experience to realize that there are no places to find – especially something loaded with your personal information.
Therefore, it is a good idea to have Find My iPhone enabled, which lets you locate, disable, or delete your device remotely. And even though it's a great tool to use when you put on your iPhone, it can also be used to capture a thief that has taken it – even if it's not ignorant.
That was what happened when it was used to quickly end a sinister situation the day after Christmas. Thanks to the Find My iPhone feature, a carjacking suspect is now behind bars.
Carjacking folied by an iPhone
Chase Richardson was on his way to work in Nashville on the night of December 26, when he was approached by a man as he stopped at the junction. The man had a gun and knocked on the driver's side window of Richardson's Honda sedan.
Richardson told the WTVF that the man shouted, "Get out of the car! Come on the ground! Get out of the car!" He followed while he suddenly placed the iPhone he uses for work in the center console. The suspect took Richardson's second phone and wallet, and then played away.
Richardson ran to a nearby Walgreens and called 91
Using a political helicopter, officers were able to find and arrest the suspect, who was a convicted crime. From beginning to end, the whole event lasted less than an hour.
Using "Find My iPhone"
This situation was quickly resolved because the Find My iPhone feature was enabled.
Bonus: Find your lost iPhone or iPad
To check, click Settings on your iPhone (or iPad) and then click your account (with your name) in the upper left corner. Look for iCloud, find my iPhone and see that it's enabled.
So if you're iPhone or iPad lost or stolen, you can find it (as long as it's turned on) by logging in to iCloud.com/find using the Apple ID and password. It displays a map of the device's last known location and allows you to choose between.
Think it's lost at home? Enable high sound on iPhone, even when in silent mode. If you left it somewhere, you can set the device to lost mode. Enter an alternate phone number where you can be reached, and you can customize a message displayed on the lost device.
If you are concerned that it was stolen, use the Delete option to dry the device. If you get it back or get a replacement, you can restore your information – as long as you keep a new backup. Learn more about iPhone or iPad backup by clicking here.
Do you have an Android? No problem. ( Bonus Tips: Find your lost Mac iPhone or iPad) You can also find, lock, or delete your device if it's signed in to a Google Account. Check out more information here.
Tips for setting up your new iPhone
Did you get a new iPhone this Christmas? We can show you how to get it up if it's your first, or how to upload previous information.
Click or click here for tips on setting up the brand new iPhone