How to Activate Lost Mode If Your iPhone or iPad Is Lost

Teuku.Net - Losing an iPhone or iPad is certainly very upsetting and worrying. Luckily, Apple has a built-in feature called Lost Mode. This mode allows the user to locate the device and ensure that personal information on the smartphone is secure.

How to Activate Lost Mode If Your iPhone or iPad Is Lost

If you are an iPhone or iPad user and want to know how to activate Lost Mode, here's how, as quoted by Gizchina, Saturday (27/5/2023).

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Definition of Lost Mode or Missing Mode

Lost Mode is a feature that allows users to lock iPad smartphones, Apple devices, and lost iPhones, whether they have been stolen or misplaced. The Lost Mode feature helps users protect personal information. This feature also helps track the location of the user's device. So, when Lost Mode is activated, the following things will happen:

  • ↪️ The device will be locked and need a passcode to unlock it.
  • ↪️ The device lockscreen will display a message with the owner's contact information. This allows someone who finds the missing device to be able to contact the owner of the device.
  • ↪️ Other Apple devices will track the location of the lost iPhone and will receive notifications when the location is updated.
  • ↪️ Apple Pay and other services will stop working on the lost device, as a safety precaution.
  • ↪️ Activation Lock will activate, preventing anyone from erasing or re-enabling the device without the rightful owner's Apple ID and password.

How to Enable Find My iPhone

Before users enable Lost Mode, they must activate the Find My iPhone feature on their device. This feature is automatically activated when users sign in with their Apple ID, during the initial setup process. However, if the user has not set up Find My Phone, follow these steps to enable Find My Phone:
  • ↪️ Open the Settings app on the user's iPhone or iPad
  • ↪️ Tap Apple ID at the top of the screen
  • ↪️ Select Find My from the list of options
  • ↪️ Tap Find My iPhone (or Find My iPad).
  • ↪️ Enable the toggle on Find My iPhone
  • ↪️ Enable Send Last Location to automatically send the device's location to Apple, when the battery is low.

How to Activate Lost Mode

There are two ways to activate Lost Mode, first using the Find My application on another Apple device or via in a web browser.

Using the Find My app

  • ↪️ Open the Find My app on another Apple device such as an iPhone, iPad or Mac.
  • ↪️ Go to the Devices tab at the bottom of the screen
  • ↪️ Find the location and select the lost or stolen device from the list
  • ↪️ Drag up or click the info button to find additional options
  • ↪️ Tap Activate under "Mark as Lost."
  • ↪️ Follow the on-screen prompts to set a passcode (if required), to enter the contact's phone number and customize the message that will be displayed on the lock screen of the missing device.
  • ↪️ Tap Enable Lost Mode for the lost device.


  • ↪️ Visit in a web browser on a computer or other device
  • ↪️ Sign in with your Apple ID and password
  • ↪️ Click the Find iPhone icon
  • ↪️ Click All Devices or all devices at the very top of the screen and select the lost or stolen device in the list
  • ↪️ Click Lost Mode and follow the on-screen instructions to activate the passcode. Enter a contact's phone number and set the message that will appear on the lost device's lock screen.

What Happens When Users Activate Lost Mode

  • ↪️ Messages and contact phone numbers that have been set will appear on the lockscreen of the lost device screen.
  • ↪️ The location of the device will be tracked and the user will receive a notification, when the location information is updated.
  • ↪️ Apple Pay and other services connected to the device will be suspended for security reasons.
  • ↪️ The device will be locked with Activation Lock to prevent other people from deleting or activating without entering their Apple ID and password.
Hopefully the method above can help you find your iPhone or iPad device

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