The Find My iPhone application for Apple devices works by using locating and tracking the GPS signal within the device. Any user can use the application by opening it and logging in using their iCloud log in information.
The application has several different options and safety features that allow users not only to find their device, but also ensure that all of the information on it is safe. Users can turn on the lost mode, which immediately locks the device and sends an automatic message to it with a contact number for the user. This keeps the device locked and all information safe until the users Apple log in information is entered. The lost mode also lets the user track and see where the device has been recently, along with its current location.
The application also allows users to remotely wipe any information on the device and restore it to factory settings. The Find My iPhone application still displays the custom message with contact number, but all of the user’s personal information is deleted. When the device is located, the information can be backed up through iCloud. The application also allows users to play a sound at full volume for two minutes if they think they are close to the phone but don’t see it, and even check the current battery level of the device.