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Your Full Guide to iPhone Lost Mode

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While the iOS system has its flaws, there's no denying that iPhone lost mode is one of the features which makes it stand out. The Lost Mode allows you to control certain aspects of your iPhone if you have lost it, such as turning it off or wiping your personal data from the device in case someone gets their hands on it. Ultimately, this feature could prevent your valuable data from falling into the wrong hands. We are going to be discussing some of the different features of iPhone lost mode and will be explaining how you can use them.

Part 1. Securing Your Data

Before we jump into the iPhone lost mode and explain how to use some of its features to your advantage, it's important that you know how to secure your iPhone's data. Doing this is simple: take regular backups.

By taking regular backups, you are making sure that if you do lose your iPhone, you haven't lost the data and it can be restored to a new device in a matter of seconds. To do this, we recommend two programs.

Mobiletrans: You can use this program to take backups of your smartphone's data and restore them if anything goes wrong.

Dr.Fone – iOS Data Backup & Restore: Similar to Mobiletrans, you can use this program to take selective backups of data, and if need be, you can also restore data selectively. This allows you not only to preview the data before it's restored, but it prevents you from wasting time restoring data you don't need.

Part 2. What iPhone Lost Mode Is

If you have an iPhone, then you've probably seen the “Find My iPhone” feature on it. This feature allows you to sign into your iCloud account on a computer, and access a range of options such as:

  • Play Sound: your iPhone will play a loud alert noise which will help you to locate the iPhone.
  • Lost Mode: this will display a message on your iPhone and a phone number where anyone who finds your iPhone can call so that it can be returned to you.
  • Erase iPhone: this feature allows you to completely erase your data from the iPhone so that if it is lost and you aren't able to find it, your data doesn't fall into the wrong hands.

This is a feature which iOS users have wanted for such a long time, and in recent iPhone models, it has become a reality. For you to access these features, follow the steps below.


Step #1 – Head over to iCloud.com and enter your iCloud account details.
Step #2 – After signing in, you will be able to view all of the features that are available on the iCloud panel. Click on the “Find iPhone” button.
Step #3 – A map will then appear. Click on the “All Devices” tab at the top of the display and select the iOS device which you have lost.
Step #4 – A green dot will then appear on the map, and you will be able to access some of the features which we mentioned above.
Step #5 – Click on the “Lost Mode” feature on the box which has appeared, and follow the instructions which are shown.
Step #6 – When someone finds your iPhone, the details which you entered will be shown on the device's screen.

It's a good idea to look at some of the other features which you get access to on the iCloud panel as they are all fairly useful to iPhone users.

Part 3. Finding an iPhone with iPhone Lost Mode

Fortunately, with the help of iPhone lost mode, finding a lost iPhone isn't too difficult of a task. Even if you have disabled location services, with lost mode the device's location services will temporarily enable so that you can locate the device.

Following on from what we said above, once you're on the “Find iPhone” page, a map will be shown and you will be able to track down the device using the green dot which is shown.


Something worth noting is that if you're not on a data plan, then there may be some trouble locating your device. This is due to the fact that it will not connect to your provider's network. However, if you do have a data plan, then you will be able to find it in no time at all.

Part 4. Turning Off iPhone Lost Mode

Now, once you've used the information that we've provided you with so far to locate your iPhone and get it back, you'll want to turn off iPhone lost mode. To do so, simply follow the steps which we've provided below.


Step #1 – Go to iCloud.com and sign in using your iCloud email and password.
Step #2 – From the main menu, click on the “Find iPhone” feature.
Step #3 – On the display, click on the “All Devices” tab located at the top and click on the iPhone which you have lost.
Step #4 – Using the box which appears at the top right of the screen, click on the “Stop Lost Mode” button, followed by “Done”.

This is without a doubt one of the most helpful and simplistic features which iPhone users have access to. If you lose your iPhone, then there is virtually no reason for you not to use this feature.

Part 5. FAQs About iPhone Lost Mode

Below we have answered some of the most common questions which we have seen regarding iPhone lost mode.

If my iPhone is turned off, can I still track it?

The answer to this question depends on a few different things. If your iPhone is turned off, then you are not able to track the current location of the device. Instead, you will only be able to view the last location which it was connected to a network.

That being said, if your device is picked up by someone and turned on, you will then be able to track it if a connection is within range.

I have disabled Location Services; can I still use iPhone Lost Mode?

This is one of the big benefits to using the iPhone lost mode to track your iPhone, even if you have disabled location services (the iOS feature which allows apps and features to view your device's location), when you use lost mode the location services feature will be temporarily enabled.

This means that even if you are someone who turns of locations services, you don't have to worry as it will not have an effect on lost mode.

It's been days since I lost my iPhone and I can't find it with iPhone Lost Mode, what should I do?
If you can't find your iPhone and you've tried for days on end, the best thing to do is use the iCloud panel to wipe your device. This prevents any harmful people from getting access to your personal data if they find your iPhone.

To Conclude

Losing your iPhone is nothing to worry about, and if you use either Mobiletrans or Dr.Fone – iOS Data Backup & Restore to take regular backups, you will set your mind at ease. We have thoroughly discussed one of the most helpful iOS features, iPhone lost mode, and how you can use it. If you do lose your iPhone and you want to make sure that you get it back as soon as possible then using this mode is the most convenient option. However, if you aren't able to get the device back due to its location being too far away or such, you can use the other Find My iPhone feature to wipe the data and keep it out of the wrong hands.

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