10 Ways to Trace, Find, Track and Recover Your Lost or Stolen iPhone
Though there are many great mobiles released by Nokia, Samsung, Acer, Motorola, Google and other companies, Apple iPhone has set a different expectations in the minds of people. Even after several years there is not even a single mobile in the market that has given a serious competition to iPhone. After the release of iPhone 3GS more and more people are tempted to buy the iPhone. With many great features you don’t get an iPhone at very cheaper price. So you have to keep your iPhone safe. There are many chances that you may loose your iPhone or it may be stolen. But now you can now easily track stolen iPhone. Apart from tracking lost iPhone you can even message a text or erase the data from your lost or stolen iPhone, thanks to the technology advancements and new services.
Ten Ways to Track/Find Your Lost/Stolen iPhone
Apple Mobile Me has a service called “Find My iPhone” which will help you to locate your iPhone on a map. Find my iPhone uses iPhone’s GPS feature to nail the current location of the handset and allows the owners to send and display a message to their iPhone. The best part is that the message is displayed even if the phone is locked. You can also sign in to your MobileMe account and remotely set a four-digit passcode lock to prevent people from using your iPhone or accessing your personal information. You can also play a sound that overrides the ringer volume or silent setting on your phone. The subscription for this feature costs around $99 per year after a 2-month trial pack.
Orbicule has launched Undercover for iPhone taking “Find my iPhone” by Apple a bit further. Undercover enables you to customize your push notifications so that it can pull the iPhone’s GPS information. For instance, you may send a misleading push notification and when the thief taps to read the message, Undercover records your iPhone’s location, notifies you and transmits the details. The big veto to this utility is it might not allow you to customize the title of the push notification, which reads ‘Undercover’ all the time. Even if the thief removes the Undercover application from the iPhone, Orbicule offers a free helper app called ‘Found‘ that continues to relay GPS information to your undercover account, which can also help you in recovering your iPhone. With “Undercover” you can remotely display a popup message on your lost iPhone. You can even remotely activate Undercover on a stolen iPhone. Undercover costs you just $4.99.
iHound helps you to find and recover lost or stolen iPhone or iPod Touch. It uses the GPS and Wi-Fi signal to determine the location of your device. Using iHound tracking website, you can track the approximate location of your iPhone and iPod Touch when the iHound application is running. This handy app increases your chances of recovering a lost or stolen iPhone which alerts you when your iPhone is connected to another PC. It sends you an email indicating the location of the lost iPhone currently being used, when it is connected to other individuals computer. On the other hand, a detailed report on where your iPhone is being used can also be obtained by logging into iHound’s website. You can get the iHound from the App store for $2.99.
iLocalise is a tracking and remote control utility for Apple iPhone’s not only lets you track your iPhone but also allows you to remote control it. But the problem with iLocalis is that it needs a Jailbroken iPhone with Cydia installed. Logging onto the iLocalis website will inform you where the iPhone was last located. Even if the thief changes the sim card, iLocalis provides you with the number of the changed sim. You can send messages or even make calls on your iPhone even if you don’t have it with you. You can also customize iLocalise for your friends and family members to locate you. If you have friends using iLocalis, then you can send messages to each other with no messaging chargers. iLocalis features Location tracking, Share your location with others, Notify friends nearby, Remote iPhone control, Send messages to your friends for free, Remote SMS commands, Remote backup, Remote wipe, Alert zones, Push Support, Remote audio recording and Remote iPhone lock. iLocalis charges 5 Euros ($7.50) per year.
With combination of GPS, Wi-Fi, and Cellular triangulation techniques a hybrid positioning system, Navizon calculates the geographic location of a wireless device by analyzing the signals from nearby Wi-Fi access points and cellular towers and comparing it against a database of known data points. You can now locate your lost iPhone by just sending as text message to it with the Locate-by-SMS in Navizon app. With this feature when an SMS is received with the keyword you specified in the settings, Navizon App will automatically determine the current location and send a reply containing the location of the device.Navizon features MobiFindr (Locate-by-SMS), Groups, Buddy Finder, Location based Alerts and Trail Logging. Navizon Lite is available for free and Navizon Premium is Free to try, $9.99 to buy.
Mobile Spy allows tracking of GPS locations, Calls and Text Messages. Running in background of all other applications, Mobile Spy enables the users to track SMS messages and calls by silently recording them and then uploading the data to your private Mobile Spy secure online account. You can then view the logging information by logging into secured online control panel from any computer or phone’s web browser. Logging features include Calls Log, SMS (Text Messages) Log, GPS Locations Log and Website URLs Log. Mobile Spy comes with a subscription priced at $99.97 per year.
Cylay will help you to protect your iPhone and Privacy. Cylay is a Services similar to Find My iPhone but more better, Support PUSH and real-time control. With Cylay you can locate, track, lock, wipe and backup your iPhone data at anytime. This applications requires your iPhone to be jailbroken. So once you have jailbroken your iPhone search “Cylay” from Cydia and install. After installation goto iPhone Setting – Cylay to enable Cylay.
MyFoundCast technology is the internet’s first lost and found service that provides all members with a unique tracking ID and automatic registry into lost and found database. Serial number of any iPod or iPhone can be used for registration. It also allows you to customize wallpaper and embed information into that wallpaper so that it contains the owner’s details in order to make the finders of the iPhone or iPod Touch for returning it. But i’m pretty sure that not many people will love to return your iPhone! (?)
With iRedHanded you can easily track a lost or stolen iPhone or iPod touch‘s location on a map. You can set alarm noises to help you recover it, even if switched to ‘silent’. With iRedHanded you can easily backup all your important data and settings. You can even wipe all your sensitive data on loss or theft. It allows you to send pop-up messages and recovery instructions also. You can even track usage, numbers called, view the camera, view text messages. iRedHanded is currently in Beta phase and is not yet available via AppStore or Installer.app. But you can register your interest to try out the beta.
Find your Stolen iPhone With FindMyI
FindMyI is available via Cydia and runs in the background and talks to a server at user-determined time intervals, telling it where the phone is. To report your location you have to configure the settings via the service’s webpage. When you log into the site and report the phone as stolen, the phone will start sending out its location. You have to pay $2/month for maximum accuracy. The app is still in beta stage.
If you are an iPhone user then do let us know if you have used any of these apps. If there are any other Apps to find lost or stolen iPhone, do let us know about them through the comment section.