How to Turn Find My iPad On or Off

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How to Turn On Find My iPad

The iPad's "Find My iPad" is one of the most important features on the tablet.  Not only can it help you locate your iPad using GPS, it can also locate an iPad that's hiding under a couch or beneath a pillow by letting you use an iPhone or a PC to play a sound on your iPad.  That alone is good enough to turn it on, but there are plenty of other features like Lost Mode, and perhaps most important, you can completely erase the iPad from remote in case it is stolen.  

On the flip side, if you are selling your iPad or giving it to a friend, you should turn off the Find My iPad feature before resetting the iPad back to factory default.  You should also turn off Find My iPad if you are having any repairs done on it.  

  1. First, you'll need to go into the iPad settings. Find out how...
  2. Next, choose iCloud from the list of settings on the left-side menu.  
  3. Scroll down to the bottom of the list.  "Find My iPad" is located just above the Advanced settings.  
  4. After you tap on "Find My iPad", you will see a screen that allows you to turn the service on or off.  Just tap the on/off button. 
  5. It is also a good idea to turn on Send Last Location.  This will send Apple the location information for the iPad when the battery is low on charge, allowing you to find it even if it is completely drained.   Otherwise, if the iPad is powered down or not connected to the Internet, you won't be able to see a location.

Note that your Location Services must be turned on for Find My iPad to work.  You can turn on Location Services in the Privacy settings.  

Next: Learn How to Use Find My iPad

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How to Use Find My iPad

One great thing about Find My iPad is that you don't need an iPad to use it.  You can access Find My iPad from your iPhone or even your PC at iCloud.com.  When you log into iCloud from your web browser, you will see an icon for "Find iPhone".  Despite the name, this app actually works for your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch or Mac.   

The default Find My iPad screen will show you a map with all of your devices on it.  Again, this can be your Macbook, your iPhone or any device you've activated the "Find My..." feature on that is on the same Apple ID.   You can also drill down to a specific device by clicking the "All Devices" drop down link at the top of the screen on the website.  If you are using your iPad, hold the tablet in landscape mode and the list will appear on the left side of the screen.  

The individual device screen will zero into the location of that device.  This is where you can reset your iPad from remote or put it into lost mode.  You can also use this screen to check if your spouse has left work if they own an iPhone and are signed into the same Apple ID account. Here are the actions available:

Play Sound.  This one is definitely the most used feature around my house.  It does exactly as it says: plays a sound on the iPad.  This is great for locating an iPad that is lost somewhere in the house.  Unfortunately, it doesn't appear to be possible to change the default 'sonar' sound that is played, and the sound can be a little faint.  

Lost Mode.  This mode will not only lock the iPad, you can also type in a message that will be displayed on the screen.  This is great if you left the iPad at a restaurant, mall or some other establishment and want to (1) protect it from being used and (2) let anyone that finds it know your phone number and/or email address so they can arrange to get it back to you.  Read More About Lost Mode.

Erase iPad.  This action is used when you know you will not get the iPad back and want to make sure all of the data on the iPad is erased.  It can also be a useful tool if your iPad freezes up when reaching the Apple Logo on boot up.  It is sometimes possible to reset the iPad back to factory default without plugging it into a PC by using the Erase iPad feature. Read More About Erase iPad.

What About Find My Friends?

Find My Friends is a way to share your location with friends and family.  Normally, Find My iPad only works for devices on the same Apple ID, but Find My Friends works with any contact with whom you have given permission by sending a "Share My Location" request.

Find My Friends is its own app, so it is separate from Find My iPad.   You can launch the app through Spotlight Search by searching for "Find Friends".  Inside the app, tap the "Add" button at the top to send the Share My Location request to your friends and family.  Remember, they will need to send you this request for them to show up in your Find Friend app.

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