Found A Lost iPhone? Here’s How to Send It back to the Owner
Nobody ever wishes to misplace or accidentally drop off their Smartphone, but then we all know that nobody is well above mistake. People visit pubs, have a beer or two and in that split sober moment could just drop off their device and head out. So, suppose, you happen to be the one who got hold of that valued device, say an iPhone, and your conscience wouldn’t let you claim it (just yet!) without trying to re-unite the lost iPhone with its owner. What do you do next? Figure out who owns the missing gadget, find him/her and return the device to its rightful owner, while smiling, and appreciating the accolades showered on you.
Easy enough right? Well, occasionally it could be as swift, but quite a lot of other times, the reserve is the case. Getting an iOS device back to its owner can be a pain in the butt and severely complicated – especially if the lost iPhone have been pass coded by its owner. But if you are any bit like Michael Faraday and wouldn’t want to give up just yet, and would want ways to be that Good Samaritan and do what is right without limitations from the security measures put in place, then here are some tips you can follow.
Step 1: Return An Unlocked iPhone with Siri
If you find an unlocked iPhone which is a fairly new model, then you are in luck. Siri could be the much needed tip to re-unite the lost gadget with its owner.
To start, you would need to launch Siri. This can be done by holding the Home button. Next you would need to ask Siri details about the owner using this exact words: "Whose phone is this?" or "Who owns this iPhone?"
All things being equal, you’ll be shown a list details of the iPhone owner, including his/her name, other names they go by, email address, phone numbers, and address. The details from Sir should be enough to assist you in identifying the said owner, and hopefully help you to return the Smartphone to the distraught owner as soon as possible.
If however, for some unseen reasons the well-versed Siri doesn’t aid you to find the phone’s owner, maybe because there isn’t Siri enabled on the iPhone for the lock screen, or a hiccup battery, or as well any other unforeseen reason, then you should try step 2.
Step 2: Search for ICE
If the Siri approach fails to yield result, then you can opt for looking for emergency contacts stored away in the iPhone. Simply search for the word ICE in the Contacts list. The acronym which means In Case of Emergency is a label that people now tend to add (sometimes) to their emergency contacts list; most first res-ponders and even hospitals tend to look for such contacts, reach out to them in the occasion of a phone’s owner being unable to do so. The ICE contact should give you enough details to contact the device’s owner, and hopefully, return the lost iPhone.
Returning A Locked iPhone
This however isn’t a merry go round like returning an unlocked iOS device. Most people have even ended up keeping lost password protected iPhones as souvenirs. Though, there’s a miniature hope to return one if you ever come across one.
Siri, Wait, Hope!
If you ever come across a password protected iPhone, here are a few things you can do to claim your title as the good Samaritan of the year. Try Siri! Already explained above for unlocked iPhones, and iOS devices. If however Siri doesn’t favor you, say the phone won’t listen – or it does listen but still can’t help you, then you just have to wait and have hope. You can (assuming there’s still an ounce of that Samarian spirit), plug the phone in on occasion to keep it running and online.
If this way does not work or is not suitable, there is other way – installing an anti-theft app in advance on the target iPhone, which is the best and most efficient way to help the owner track back a lost/stolen iPhone! If the owner has installed a great anti-theft app like iLostFinder, you may just get an alert message with details on how to return the lost Smartphone.
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