How to use Find My to find your iPad and lock or erase it if it’s lost

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If you’re like most people and keep a lot of important documents and personal data on your mobile devices, losing your iPad can be a catastrophe. If you use Find My, though, you can locate your iPad in moments. 

You’ll need to plan ahead, though; to use Find My to find your iPad, you’ll need to set it up beforehand.

Here’s how to set up Find My and then use it to find your iPad.

Important: To get an accurate location reading for your iPad, it needs to be connected to the Find My network. If you’ve left it someplace where it can connect to Wi-Fi, or if your iPad is a WiFi + Cellular model, this shouldn’t be an issue. But if your iPad isn’t connected to the internet and is in an isolated location, Find My might not be able to find it.

To check which kind of iPad you have, check out our article, “How to tell exactly which iPad generation and model you have in two different ways.”

How to turn on Find My on your iPad

On your iPad, open the Settings app and tap your name at the top of the screen.
Tap Find My, and then Find My iPad.
Make sure that Find My iPad, Find My network, and Send Last Location are all turned on. These will make sure that Find My tracks your iPad’s location, and makes the iPad easier to find even if its battery is dead or it’s not connected to the internet.

How to find your iPad with Find My
Using the Find My app on another device

Find My comes preinstalled on all iPhones, iPads, and Macs. Grab another device that’s logged into your iCloud account and follow these steps:

1. Open the Find My app — its icon looks like a green circle with a blue dot in the middle.

2. Tap Devices at the bottom of the screen. You’ll be shown a list of all the devices connected to your iCloud account.

3. Tap your iPad’s name and the map will scroll to center on it. If your iPad is connected to the internet, or on and nearby other Apple devices, you should see its exact location. If it’s not, you’ll see its “last known location.”

4. Tap Directions to get step-by-step directions to its location, or Play Sound to make it ring. You can also tap Mark As Lost to display a message on the iPad’s screen that tells whoever finds it where to bring it — if you do this, be sure to turn on Notifications so you know when it’s found.

5. If you’re certain that you don’t want anyone getting access to your iPad, tap Erase This Device. This will factory reset your iPad, deleting every bit of personal information on it. It’ll also turn off Find My, meaning that your iPad will disappear from the map entirely.

If you erase the iPad and later find it again, you can restore your data from a backup.

Using the iCloud website

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Source:: Business Insider


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