It’s hard to believe but a study done last year revealed that a third of iPad owners would choose to be in a car accident rather than lose their i-tablets. Sounds extreme, right? It actually made my jaw drop in disbelief. And though the full details are not privy to us, we certainly feel a shudder listening to these findings.
Have no fear, however. Should your fave Steve Jobs creation stray away from you and is nowhere to be found, along with its iPad mini keyboard perhaps, all is not lost. There are still practical remedies that when applied, and applied fast could increase your chances of getting your i-device back to your loving hands – dramatically.
To get started, let me introduce you to Find my iPad,(also popularly known as Find my iPhone) tagged as the fastest method to get your i-device back.
#1: Go to iCloud.
Your most-reliable app, Find my iPad, relies heavily on you having at least one iCloud email account. If you do not have one yet, please locate Settings, Mail, Contacts, Calendars and Add Account in your i-tablet. From there, you can then select iCloud from various options offered.
Activate ‘Find my iPad’, a feature which is usually turned off by default. You can do this by dropping a visit in the Settings, iCloud then toggling the On/Off slider right beside the Find my iPad option.
The feature, in particular, makes locating your i-tablet fairly easy.
Once your i-device is nowhere to be found – either lost or stolen – all you have to do is to go get yourself logged into iCloud via any web browser. From there, select the ‘Find My iPad’ feature. With this command, iCloud will then search for the iOS device via GPS subsequently showing a map of its location. To get better details, you may then zoom into the particular area just like a standard map.
#2: Sound off.
Sounds will make your i-device easier to locate. If the iCloud pin will show that your fave gadget is just nearby, within the house, for instance, then your best bet is to send the device a sound.
To do this end, go to the Devices menu, subsequently select your iPad, and then toggle Play Sound. What this does is it sets your iPad off to alarm in a rather annoying way for 2 minutes. Word of warning though: This feature can easily be deactivated in the hands of crooked hands.
#3: Lock the device.
Now, if things are still not looking good, you may have to disable the i-device remotely by locking it via the iCloud website. That would be the logical move.
To do this, go to the iCloud landing page and choose select Lost Mode. You will then be asked to enter a phone number along with a short message to be sent to your iPad.
Upon sending the message, anybody who could be cuddling your fave tablet will see the message and your contact details as you wrote it. The i-device will then lock itself out, and is useless to anyone without unlocking it first using your iPad pin code. A string of 10 failed attempts and your iPad is rendered inutile to anyone.
#4: Wipe all data remotely.
Once things are still unresolved, you can then proceed to do one final step: erase all data remotely. This means all (i.e., phone numbers, photos, documents and apps).
With this feature, you make sure no one takes advantage of all those sensitive information.
Just select, Erase my iPad feature in iCloud to achieve this end. The only downside to this useful method is you won’t be able to use Find my iPad features (e.g., sound, locate) anymore once this is activated.
As for all those deleted data, you may still have them back if ever you get your i-tablet back. Granting you backed it up in iCloud.