Having your iPhone lost or stolen can be a frightening and frustrating experience. Along with the device itself, most iPhone users have valuable media, personal information, photos and more stored on their phones. Luckily, many users are able to get their lost or stolen iPhones back, with the use of a free app called Find My iPhone.
How do I enable my iPhone and other devices to be found?
Can I find my iPhone from another iOS device?
If you have more than one iOS device-for example, an iPad and an iPhone, or an iPhone and an iPod Touch-and they each have Find My iPhone installed and activated, you can use one of the devices to find out where the other one is.
Can I find my iPhone without another iOS device?
If you do not have another iOS device, you can still use your computer to find your lost iPhone. This method actually allows you to use more features than using another iOS device.
Wiping data should be a worst case scenario, if you are absolutely sure you can not get your iPhone back and want to keep the person who has it from accessing sensitive data.
Directly confronting a stranger who has stolen your iPhone is not necessarily a wise idea. Contact your local police department's non-emergency number for advice on what to do next, if you have your phone's location tracked.