Some would say that spring is the season with the most numerous iPhone 8 thefts reported. But truth to be told, it doesn’t really matter the time of the year – when it happens, it just does and you will want to know how to track your Apple device.
The following information will, therefore, be useful to you for a wide range of situations. Whether you had your iPhone stolen or you’ve lost it, you can track it down with a custom app, with your iOS Device Manager, and with a couple of other software. Track it down as in literally knowing where to find it, but also as in accessing it remotely to wipe all the data and protect your personal information!
Before erasing your iPhone, try to find it – instructions for a lost or stolen iPhone 8:
- You can either use a computer or a smartphone;
- Simply access com from that device;
- Head to the Find My iPhone section;
- Select All Devices;
- You’ll see a list where your iPhone 8 is also mentioned and, next to it, you’ll have either a green or a grey dot;
- The green dot means that your iPhone is online and it can be tracked, while the grey dot means that your iPhone is offline;
- If you have green light, select the device and update the location;
- Zoom the map (in or out), change the map view mode or whatever else you need for a more accurate representation of your iPhone’s location.
Decide how you want to erase your Apple iPhone 8 / Apple iPhone 8 Plus:
When you have to reset the password, you’d better hope you already have a backup in place. Because if you don’t, you cannot really save the information currently stored on the iPhone. Now, to proceed with the exact steps of resetting the password…
- You can use the iTunes method, if you have already synced your iPhone 8 / iPhone 8 Plus with the iTunes before;
- You can use the iCloud method and its special Find My iPhone option, only if your iPhone 8 is already tuned for the iCloud;
- Last but not least, if the two methods from above are not an option for you, try to use the Recovery Mode method.
Use iTunes and delete all the data from your iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus:
- Set up a connection of your iPhone 8 with a computer;
- Go to iTunes, launch it, and use the passcode to log in (alternatively, you can try the Recovery Mode or even a connection with another computer that you’ve previously used to sync the iPhone with);
- Wait for the sync with the iTunes to take place;
- Create a backup;
- Go to Restore [your device name];
- Wait to see the Set Up Screen on the iPhone;
- Tap on Restore from iTunes backup;
- Then, in iTunes, select your iPhone 8;
- Look at the available backup versions (date and size details, in particular!) and select the one that seems the most relevant.
Use iCloud and erase all the data from your iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus:
- You’ll have to use a different device and access the special page of com/find;
- Also, you might be asked to type in your Apple ID, so, you’d better know it;
- Once you go through the authentication process, select the All Devices option listed at the top of the browser;
- Select your iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus listed in there, the device that you obviously want to erase;
- Next, select the Erase [your device] and this will be more than enough to erase both the iPhone and the passcode that used to be associated with it;
- The only thing left for you is to set up your iPhone 8 as a new device or, if you have an older version, you can restore from a backup.
If you cannot go through the steps above described, it could be because your iPhone isn’t connected to the internet. Any kind of connection, either the cellular or the Wi-Fi, would work, but if the iPhone doesn’t have it in place, you won’t be able to use the Find My iPhone.
Boot into Recovery Mode and erase the iPhone 8’s content from there:
iTunes and iCloud are extremely popular services. There’s almost no user out there who never tried at least one of them. If, by any chance, you are one of them, it means that you have never synced the iPhone 8 – neither from the iTunes nor from the iCloud, with the Find My iPhone feature. So, it looks like the Recovery Mode is your last option.
- Connect the device to a PC;
- Launch iTunes;
- Follow the simple steps to force restart the iPhone:
- Press and hold the Home and the Sleep/Wake buttons, for 10 seconds minimum;
- Release the keys only after the Apple logo and the Recovery Mode screen were loaded;
- Then, within the Recovery Mode, you should be able to Restore or to Update the smartphone;
- Select the Update option and let the iTunes to reinstall an iOS version while preventing data loss;
- It will download the software and then install it successfully.
That’s all we had to share with you on how to find a lost or even a stolen iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. Let us know what option did you use in the end!