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Find My iPhone Might Not Be On

Last night I lost my iPhone. Somehow. In my small apartment.

After making a few rounds, continually checking the same places over and over again, I realized I could use the Find My iPhone feature to make it beep at me. So I fired up the app on my iPad to do just that. But no such luck because the app was telling me that location services for my iPhone were turned off. What?!

I eventually found my phone (my girlfriend had laid down on the couch, on top of my phone, and fallen asleep). So I was able to confirm that, indeed, the Find My iPhone feature was turned on. But it wasn’t working. I had to toggle the setting, turning it off and back on again, to make it work. Had to do the same drill with my iPad.

It might have to do with the fact that, since iOS 5 came out, I started using a Apple ID for the iCloud features. So, previous to iOS 5, I’d used my MobileMe account for all the syncing features and the Find My Phone feature. Now I’m using the same Apple ID I’ve used for iTunes purchases since 2003. Perhaps something in that transition caused the Find My iPhone feature to stop working.

The Bottom Line

If you’ve updated to iOS 5, and you want to use the Find My iPhone feature (why wouldn’t you?) please confirm that the feature is actually working for you before you lose the phone and need to use the feature.