There?s nothing more terrifying than learning that you?ve just lost your device, without you noticing it. But with Apple?s Lost Mode feature for iOS 6, you can keep track of your lost iPhone, iPad or iPod touch physical location, display a custom on-screen message, and lock your device with a passcode.
This way, you?ll never be in panic mode because whoever is in possession of your lost iPhone, iPad or iPod touch will be notified that they should call a number that you have set and specified.
Find My iPhone
Here?s what you can do if you have Find My iPhone set up on your device:
1. Locate your device on a map
2. Play a sound on your device to help you find it
3. Use Lost Mode to lock and track your device
4. Remotely erase all of your personal information from the device
Here?s how to use Lost Mode or lock a device as per the Apple support page instruction:
1. Sign in to icloud.com/#find with your Apple ID (the one you use with iCloud).
2. Click All Devices, then select the device you want to track or lock.
3. Click Lost Mode (iOS 6 or later), or Lock (iOS 5 or OS X v10.7.5 or later).
Follow the onscreen instructions, keeping the following in mind:
1. If your iOS device already has a passcode, that passcode is used to lock the device.
2. If you?re asked to enter a passcode, that passcode will be required to unlock the device.
3. If you?re asked to enter a phone number, enter a number where you can be reached. The number appears on the device?s locked screen.
4. If you?re asked to enter a message, you may want to indicate that the device is lost or how to contact you. The message appears on the device?s locked screen.
With this, your iOS device will now be placed in Lost Mode. So if someone has found your lost phone, there?s only one thing left for him/her to do ? to call the number you have entered where you can be reached. On the other hand, if what you have lost is your iPad but it is in Lost Mode, since it cannot place a call using the device, the person who has it will see the phone number you have entered to contact you.
To disable Lost Mode, exit the Lost Mode when the passcode is entered or go to iCloud.com and choose Lost Mode then Stop Lost Mode option.
However, though you can lock your device which runs under iOS 5 operating system or a Mac, you can?t track it unlike if you?ve got the Lock Mode from iOS 6.
(Photo courtesy of http://appletoolbox.com/2014/04/ios-lost-mode/)