How to Recover a Lost iPhone

You may be one of the millions and millions who own and love your iPhone. What I love about mine is the ability to work from anywhere and I can also view my home security cameras through an iPhone application.  ADT Pulse provides customers with anywhere, anytime access to their home via smart phones or personal computers, including an iPhone application.

But what if you lost your iPhone? Certainly you can just get another one, but what if you are within the timeframe that you can’t get a subsidized phone upgrade? You may have to spend hundreds and hundreds on an unsubsidized iPhone. Fortunately, you have a great option to recover a lost iPhone that works with your iPhone’s GPS

It’s easy. Activate Find My iPhone. This is a subscription based service ($99 annually) if your iPhone is a 3G or 3Gs. Find My iPhone is FREE if you have an iPhone 4.

Just enable Find My iPhone in the MobileMe settings on your iPhone or iPad. Then sign in to from any computer or using the Find My iPhone app on another iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to display its approximate location on a full-screen map.

When I did this the process was a little buggy because of my inability to connect my phone to the Me/Find My iPhone Account.  Once you log into with your Apple credentials, the same credentials you use to download an App on your iPhone, the phone should connect.

Find My iPhone locates your phone via a map and tells you an approximate location. It also allows you to send a message to who may have found the phone (like a number they should call to return it) and it overrides your vibrate setting and emits an alarm if you send a signal and are in range to listen for it. If all else fails Find My iPhone can wipe all your phones data remotely to help prevent identity theft.

Robert Siciliano personal security expert to Home Security Source discussing mobile phone spyware on Good Morning America.