How to Find a Lost iPad Using Find My iPhone

By Todd Bowerman

The big advantage to a tablet device like the iPad is that you can take it with you to work and stay connected while on the go. Unfortunately, this portability makes it easier to misplace your iPad or to leave it behind at the coffee shop or office. Apple’s Find My iPad application is a free utility included with iOS 7 that can help you determine your iPad's exact location, and enables you to protect your data without actually touching the device.

Enabling Find My IPad on Your IPad

Step 1

Touch the “Settings” icon on your iPad and then select the “iCloud” tab. Enter your Apple ID if prompted; users who set up iCloud during device initialization already have the service enabled. Finding your lost iPad via Find My iPad is possible only if you have the iPad connected to an iCloud account.

Step 2

Touch the slider next to “Find My iPad.” Confirm your selection by touching “Okay” on the confirmation dialog. If Find My iPad is active on your iPad, the slider next to its iCloud entry will be green. Devices without this feature enabled will not show up in the Find My iPad service; you must turn this feature on before losing your iPad to count on it as a recovery option.

Step 3

Touch the iPad’s home button to exit the Settings application. Find My iPad is now enabled on your device, giving you the power to track the iPad as long as it is connected to a cellular or Wi-Fi signal.

Finding a Lost IPad

Step 1

Navigate to the iCloud home page (see Resources) and log in.

Step 2

Click the “Find My iPhone” application. The service loads a map that shows the last known location of all devices connected to your iCloud account, assuming those devices have Find My iPhone/iPad enabled. Devices currently online are marked with a green dot while offline devices are marked with gray.

Step 3

Click the “All Devices” drop-down and then select the iPad you’re attempting to locate. Click “Play Sound” to force the iPad to emit an audible noise if you suspect you’ve misplaced the tablet somewhere nearby. Click “Lost Mode” to put the iPad into Lost Mode, which enables you to remotely lock the device, monitor its location or display a message including your phone number.