The first and best thing you should try when your iPhone is stolen is FindMy App. We all want to do whatever it takes to recover our beloved iPhones, but often hacks like find my iPhone don’t work on the ground. If your iPhone gets stolen and the thief can turn on airplane mode, there’s a chance that FindMy won’t work. But thankfully, there’s a hack to stop him from doing so. Also, we will talk about what to do when a thief turns off the iPhone to prevent tracking.
By default, Airplane Mode disables all radios except for Bluetooth, so there’s no Wi-Fi or cellular data. But the updated Find My Network (after iOS 13) can even use Bluetooth to locate your missing iPhone. It works by finding your iPhone with other Apple devices nearby within BlueTooth proximity. However, if you had turned off Bluetooth when Airplane Mode was activated last, iOS would remember the setting and turn off Bluetooth when you switch on Airplane mode. So the best thing is to not even allow the option to turn on airplane mode from the lock screen.
So to do that, follow the steps below:
Step 1: Disable Control Center From Lock Screen
Launch the Settings app, then go to “Face ID & Passcode,” then enter your iPhone’s passcode. Next, toggle off the “Control Center,” switch under the Allow Access When Locked Header. Also, you might want to remove Siri’s access on a locked screen. Still, it’s not necessary as it recognizes the voice, so it’s rare for it to respond to a stranger’s voice.
Step 2: Test run to check if it works properly.
Go on the lock screen, and if you cannot see the control center in the lock screen, it works.
What to do if your iPhone is dead after being stolen?
Most people don’t know that there are anti-theft measures for dead iPhones too. Now, if your phone is turned off after being stolen, then you can still use Find My to know the last location where your iPhone was online. So to enable offline tracking –
Step 1: Open the Find My App on any Apple device with sharing enabled.
Step 2: Tap the devices tab. A map will pop up featuring your Find My enabled devices
Step 3: If your iPhone is turned off, it will appear on the map and sidebar as an iPhone with a blank screen. However, a turned-on iPhone will appear on the map and sidebar as an iPhone with an active Home screen. Choose your lost iPhone from the list of devices.
Step 4: Tap Directions to get the directions to your iPhones’ last known location
Step 5: As iPhone is dead, you can toggle on Notify When Found to send notifications and a location update to the Apple device the next time your iPhone is turned on.
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