Finding Out About – Find My iPad

Have You Considered Using Find My iPad?

 

If you are anything like me, you absentmindedly set your keys/glasses/phone down somewhere, and then later, when of course you are running late, you can not find the said object, even if your life depended on it.

 

Sadly, for me this is a regular occurrence. So when I heard about MobileMe’s  Find My iPad App, I couldn’t help but smile. This app was definitely made for people like me and has the potential to be an excellent Mobile Device Management tool.

The App has recently gained a lot of attention in the media, with many reports of lost iPads being tracked down, sometimes leading to arrests, sometimes not.

Perhaps most famously is English Rugby player Will Carling’s use of the App. After forgetting his device on the train, he then used the app to track his iPad, and used the message feature to send messages to the thief saying that they are being tracked. All the while he was posting updates about  the search on Twitter. It was eventually returned to a police station and the player was reunited with his iPad.

 

Aside from tracking your iPad, what else can this app do?

The app is available for most iOS devices, however for devices running iOS 4.2 or higher (iPhone 4, iPad, and the latest gen of iPod Touch units) it is free, and offers a few great features.

  • If you have lost it nearby (like underneath that pile of papers on your desk), you can make it beep at max volume for 2  minutes, regardless of what volume settings you had on your iPad.
  • If you think maybe someone has found your iPad, you can send a message to the iPad that will show up on the home screen ( Hi! Thanks, for Finding my iPad! Please call….)
  • If you find that maybe you have left  it at the office, you can lock the device with a four digit pass code remotely.
  • And if you find yourself on a Will Carling style adventure, but without the happy return, you have the option to remotely wipe the device, so that your information is protected.
  • All of this can be done from any PC or Mac, or from another iOS device ( just remember to delete the account if you are using a borrowed device)

 

So how does this Find My iPad App work?
Unsurprisingly, the app uses the location based services that are on your iPad (how else would they be able to find your phone?), so if you have them turned off, it will not work.

 

Also, the phone HAS to be turned on and either connected to a Wi-fi network or has an active data plan. So if your battery has run out of juice, you had turned your device off, or aren’t getting a signal, then you won’t be able to use this app.

 

Still interested in the Find My iPad App – does it sound good?

Then here is how you set it up:

  • Tap your Settings Icon, and then go to Mail > Contacts > Calendars.
  • Tap the Add Account button and then MobileMe.
  • Enter your Apple ID and password (or create one), or
  • If you already use MobileMe then use your me.com password
  • You will then have to verify your account, so check your email account and click Verify Now.
  • You will have to switch on Find My iPad.
  • Back on the MobileMe screen, switch it on then hit Allow.
  • From there you will be able to log into me.com and  use the features.

When you bring up the map, you will see a blue dot, which is your device. If you click on the dot, it will bring up your options:  Send Message, Lock, or Wipe.

 

If you click on send Messages, it brings up a text box, and underneath, you can select the option to make the iPad beep. Once it has been sent, you will receive a confirmation message.

 

Despite the drawback that it only works if the device is on and connected to a network somewhere, this does have the potential of being a very handy tool, particularly if, like me, you are prone to misplacing things.

 

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