How Do I Find My iPhone From A Computer? The Easiest Way!

You keep your friends close, and your iPhone closer. Even if you’re careful, it’s possible for your iPhone to go missing. Whether it’s lost in a pile of laundry or making its way across town in an Uber, it’s good to know how to find your iPhone from a computer. In this article, I’ll show you how to use Find My iPhone from a computer so you can find your missing iPhone, right away.

What Is Find My iPhone?

Find My iPhone allows you to find your iPhone, Mac, iPad, iPod, or Apple Watch when they’re lost or stolen. You can find them using the Find iPhone app on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod, or you can use your computer to locate your devices — more on that in a second.

How Does Find My iPhone Work?

Find My iPhone works by using Location Services (including GPS, cell towers, and more) on your iPhone to show your iPhone’s location on a map. There are other cool features available online that can help you find or secure your iPhone. But more about those in a minute.

How Do I Use Find My iPhone From A Computer?

To use Find My iPhone from a computer, go to and log in with your Apple ID and password. All of your devices will appear on a map. Tap All Devices at the top of the screen to view a list of all the devices that have Find My iPhone turned on and are linked to your Apple ID. Tap on the name of each device to play a sound, put your device into lost mode, or erase your device.

Where's my iPhone?

Once you’re in, you’ll see a map with a green dot that shows you the approximate location of your iPhone, iPad, or iPod. As long as it’s set up correctly, the service even works for finding your Apple Watch or Mac computer. That’s pretty amazing!

Wait! Find My iPhone Isn’t Working!

For Find My iPhone to work, two things need to happen:

Turn on Find My iPhone1. Find My iPhone has to be enabled on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod

You can check if Find My iPhone is enabled this by going to Settings -> iCloud -> Find My iPhone.

In this menu, make sure the switch next to Find My iPhone is turned on. If it isn’t, just tap the switch. It should turn green, letting you know it’s enabled.

While you’re there, I highly recommend making sure Send Last Location is also turned on. This allows your iPhone to automatically send Apple your iPhone’s location when the battery is running low. That way, even if the battery dies, you can find out where your iPhone is (as long as no one moves it!).

2. Find My iPhone has to be turned on in Location Services

If Find My iPhone is set up on your iPhone and it’s online but Find My iPhone still isn’t working, check out your Location Services tab. Location Services should be enabled for Find My iPhone. To check this, go to Settings -> Privacy -> Location Services. Scroll through the list of apps until you get to Find iPhone. This should be set to While Using the App. If it isn’t, tap on Find iPhone and select While Using the App. Voila!

Using Find My iPhone On

Find My iPhone on computerFind My iPhone from a computer only works if the iPhone is online. If it isn’t, the iCloud website will have a gray dot next to the iPhone’s last known location. You can set up the program to tell you the next time your missing iPhone goes online. Just click the All Devices drop down menu, and choose your iPhone.

Now there should be a box in the upper right-hand corner of the browser window. That’s where the magic happens. If your iPhone is offline, you can check the box next to where it says Notify me when found.

That same box has a few other fun options. You can set off an alarm on your iPhone from the web browser page. Just choose Play Sound.

If your iPhone isn’t lost in the couch cushions and the alarm doesn’t help you find it, you can use this website to put your iPhone in Lost Mode. Lost Mode lets you display an alternate contact number on the iPhone’s screen, so if someone finds it, they can get it back to you.

But if all of these features aren’t helping, or you think someone may have taken your iPhone, you can erase your iPhone from the same page. Just choose Erase iPhone.

Now You Know How To Use Find My iPhone From A Computer

Next time your best digital friend goes missing, I hope this tutorial helps! Using Find My iPhone from a computer is an easy way to keep your iPhone safe and make sure you’re reunited with as little drama as possible.

Have you misplaced your iPhone before? Did using Find My iPhone from a computer save the day? Tell us about it in the comments section below. We love to hear from you!

About Author

I'm Valerie Lauer, a writer, editor and tech enthusiast. I believe in channeling my technical support powers for the greater good, creating helpful how-tos and making life with your smartphone easier.

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21 days ago

i cant enter the code to my apple ID cuz my iphone 8 was stolen

Colin Boyd
6 days ago
Reply to  cedric

Hi Cedric, I’m sorry to hear that! Have you tried contacting Apple Support about this issue? They might be able to help log you back in.

Butch Ellis
1 month ago

How do I log into icloud if I do not have my phone for verification?

1 month ago

My iphone is lost and I recently changed my password. I am so distraught that I cannot remember the new password I put in. How do I go about finding my phone from my computer? I am totally lost without it.

Colin Boyd
1 month ago
Reply to  dave

Your best bet is to contact Apple Support. If there’s anyone that can help you with this, it’s them. Best of luck!

Hope Jentis
3 months ago

My iphone is lost and I recently changed my password. I am so distraught that I cannot remember the new password I put in. How do I go about finding my phone from my computer? I am totally lost without it.

8 months ago

How can I find my iphone without the cloud, I mean direct calling?

1 month ago
Reply to  Sigurður

Yes need help ASAP

10 months ago

how do i find my iphone from my computer lost it today but its ringing

brendan smith
11 months ago

how do i find my iphone from my computer lost it last night but its ringing

1 year ago

i bought my iphone ftom someone else.,then it is activated lock.,i dont have any contact anymore with the first owner

Liam Shotwell
1 year ago
Reply to  lucille

I think this article might be more helpful for you.

Carol Finkle
1 year ago

Is it possible for me to find my iPhone that I lost yesterday, even though “find my” is not turned on?? Thank you for any help.

6 months ago
Reply to  Carol Finkle

I m lost my iPhone

1 year ago

THANK YOU for this! I unknowlingly dropped my phone and it slid under the fridge… I was in a frantic state looking for it but couldn’t focus on watching a Microsoft tutorial about the iCloud.(arrgh) that I wasn’t even sure would be helpful. This article is concise, easy to scan through (even in my highly anxious frame of mind) and helpful. I’m very grateful.

2 years ago

Apple sends codes to my iphone when I’m trying to find my f***ING IPHONE. Talk about stupid.

2 years ago

My iphone is lost in my house and cant find it.

2 years ago

If you lost your iPhone you can still track it with IMEI or Serial number here – iPhonetracer. com

2 years ago

Bad experience, keep trying to sell you a membership

2 years ago

Misplaced phone

2 years ago

Worked great

3 years ago

Didn’t work for me

3 years ago

ho do fine my iphone 6 plus search for locations

3 years ago

My I phone x is offline

3 years ago

How do fine my I phone x search for locations?

4 years ago

i cant get logged into my apple id no matter what i try from my computer and my find my iphone is not enabled