If losing an iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max or iPhone Xr can happen to almost anyone of us, having it stolen seems to come with certain patterns. Theft reports indicate that the spring is the thieves’ favorite time of the year but, as you can imagine, when bad luck is about to strike, it won’t take the season into account. So, spring or autumn, you have to be prepared. When you are no longer in the possession of your expensive device, you must know, before anything else, that it isn’t all lost!
To some people, finding a lost or stolen iPhone is crucial because they have important work-related information stored on it. To others, the nature of the loss is rather sentimental. Whatever it is, they all want to know if they can still track the device and recover or, at the very least, if they can somehow delete its content or block it remotely. That way, the sensitive information will be rather destroyed than handed to unknown persons.
As much as we would like to give you a confident “Yes” answer, we fear that you’ll have to settle for a “Maybe”. What you can do to find a lost or a stolen iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max or iPhone Xr will depend on how you have previously used it. If the device is connected to some of the Apple services, you might use those to get to it.
We suggested it above, but the time has come to make it crystal clear: you can choose to simply erase your iPhone and accept the idea that you’ll never get it back OR you can try to find it.
How can you find a lost or stolen iPhone Xs Max, iPhone Xs or iPhone Xr?
- You need another internet-connected device;
- You must access your iCloud account on it, from the iCloud.com website;
- In there, you will go to the section Find My iPhone and tap on All Devices;
- Within the list that should open up on the screen, you must look for your iPhone;
- When you find it, check the dot next to its name!
If you’re lucky and you find a green dot, it means that the iPhone is online, connected to the internet, and you might be able to track it. For doing so, you’ll simply have to select the device and it will update its location. You’ll get the chance to zoom on the map and see exactly where you can find your iPhone.
If the dot is grey, however, it means that the device has no internet connection and you cannot locate it. It’s sad but that’s just how it is, so, prepare yourself for the ultimate option…
How can you erase a lost or stolen iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max or iPhone Xr?
When you decide that you must restore the device, you can consider one of the following three main options: the iTunes app, the iCloud, or the Recovery Mode. We’ll detail the steps for each of them below, so, prepare yourself to choose the most appropriate option in your current situation.
Delete all your iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max or iPhone Xr data with iTunes
- Connect the iPhone to a PC;
- Launch the iTunes and log in;
- Sync the app with the phone;
- Create a backup of your phone’s content;
- Use Restore [Device] and you’ll be redirected to the Set Up Screen;
- Select Restore from iTunes backup on the iPhone;
- Select your iPhone on the iTunes app;
- Check the available backup versions and choose the largest and most recent archive.
Delete all your iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max or iPhone Xr data with iCloud
- Use another internet-connected device;
- Go to iCloud.com/find;
- Use the Apple ID if you’re asked to do so;
- Go to All Devices to select your iPhone from that list;
- Select Erase [Device];
- Choose one of the two features: Restore from Backup or Set Up As New Device.
Delete all your iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max or iPhone Xr data from Recovery Mode
- Connect the device to a computer;
- Start the iTunes app;
- Do a force restart of the phone;
- Press and hold the Home and the Sleep buttons until you see the Apple logo (a couple of seconds, maybe 10) and the Recovery Mode screen will begin to load;
- Use one of the two features: Restore or Update;
- Wait for the selected process to finish.
As a special note, we’d like to add on the option of erasing your iPhone from Recovery Mode that you should go for the Update! With this option, you are basically only reinstalling the iOS, regaining the access to the phone and all the data stored on it.
Now, remember, the methods above will work under certain terms. For instance, if you haven’t used the iTunes on your iPhone before, you cannot expect to be able to access its backup with the first method. The same, if you’ve never used the iCloud AND, in this particular case, if the iPhone is not connected to the internet, you won’t be able to use the second method. Fortunately, the third option is for those who weren’t able to use any of the first two methods.
While it may not seem like a lot right now, when you’re in the delicate situation of trying to find a lost or stolen iPhone Xr, iPhone Xs or iPhone Xs Max, any help you can get is just as good! And if you do find your iPhone – or you know where it is – do not rush into doing anything that could be a threat to your security. You’d better let the police handle it!