The news just fell that iOS 4.2 will be available later today iOS 4.2 is available for download. One of the big news about iOS 4.2 for iPhone is that it’s coming with a free access to the Find My iPhone feature, which was previously part of the $99/year MobileMe.

Now that Find My iPhone is free, I’m wondering what makes it compelling to still pay 100 bucks a year for MobileMe, a service that you can pretty much substitute for free by Google Sync.

This being said, here are instructions on how to set up Find My iPhone on your iPhone, no strings attached…

The free Find My iPhone feature is available for iPhone 4, iPad or new iPod touch (4th generation).

UPDATE: You can now set up Find My iPhone on older devices as well.

Setting Up Find My iPhone

Step 1: Update your iPhone to iOS 4.2. Note that if you rely on your jailbreak/unlock, you should stay away from iOS 4.2 for the time being. If you don’t care about the jailbreak/unlock, you can proceed to the next steps.

Step 2: Go to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Add Account > MobileMe.

Step 3: Enter your Apple ID – username and password (the same you use for iTunes). If you don’t have an Apple ID yet, you can create one from there. If you already are a MobileMe user, you may enter your .mac or .me credentials. When done, tap NEXT.

Step 4: Check your emails for a verification message from Apple. Click the Verify Now link in the email, and sign in with your Apple ID.

Step 5: Go back to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > MobileMe and turn Find My iPhone ON. A confirmation message will appear. Tap Allow to finish the set up.

If you ever lose your iPhone, you can sign in to using your Apple ID, which will let you locate your iPhone, have a message display on it or remotely password protect it. Additionally, you may install the Find My iPhone app on any other iOS device.

Now that Find My iPhone is free, will you be using it?

  • Alex

    it only works on iphone 4, ipad and ipod touch 4g. and also it should be connected to wifi, edge or 3g ( to find the lost device)

  • Andres-dev

    Nice i love this!!!!!

  • Justin

    I didn’t know you could remotely put a password on your phone. Can you set up Find My iPhone on more than one phone with the same mobileme account?

    • I would assume so.

    • freekrai

      Yes, you can have multiple devices, I have a couple iphones, a couple ipod touches and an ipad on there.

  • So if someone steal my iPhone and turn it off, the application wont work?

    • Justin

      I think they can even just shut off the find my iphone feature and it will not work. That’s what kept me from paying $99 a year to try it… but if it’s free it sure couldn’t hurt. Too bad apple doesn’t have the option of password protecting individual apps, instead of the lockscreen password. It would be nice to put a password on things like settings, email, etc. That way if you do lose your phone in a drinking establishment or something, someone that might happen to acquire it could still use it with no harm until you can walk up to them and say, ‘Oh, great! You found my phone. Thanks.’

      • Z

        @Justin if apple doesn’t have the feature to password protect individual apps, jailbreak community does.

      • william


        Actually we may password protect the “Find My iPhone” option like this:
        settings > restrictions(ON) > turn “accounts” to “off”


      • Dave

        Great tip William re: turning off account restrictions. Works like charm. A passcode must be setup first & set the following settings under General: Auto-Lock>Never; Passcode Lock>Off; Restrictions>On. You don’t need passcode to open phone everytime only if turning on/off MobileMe “Find My iPhone” feature.

  • Will

    Oh o o … I could already hear the non newer generation idevices complain about this , don’t blame you , lol. I would be pissed off too , is that time to upgrade …

  • StanTheMan

    Gridtab for safari is finally out!!!

    • King

      Wait what? What does this have to do with Find My iPhone?

  • SillyBear

    I’m assuming location services must remain on for this function to work.

  • Icyhotonmynuts

    Sounds like a useless battery hog.
    Dont misplace your shit and you wont nees this app. However, if someone steals it, i can see it as being useful – then again, if the crook is smart, he/she will either turn the app off, format the phone (turn off the phone?), ot in an extreme case – yank the battery.

  • Does this only work on ios 4.2 or can it work on 4.0??

  • LiFE HACker

    What happens if someone delete the app from ur phone??? Does this still work?

    • Yes, someone would have to deactivate your MobileMe account in the settings to prevent it from working

  • rainrose

    I think this is great and I’m glad it’s finally free and you don’t have to subscribe to MobileMe anymore which is very expensive by the way. Am I right? Can’t have it yet though coz I’m on Jailbreak.

  • LiFE HACker

    Thanks sebastien.. That’s a relief..! But I’m waiting for jailbreak to comeout b4 tryn out this feature..!

  • Doesn’t work for me. Does it work for all software versions?

  • Casey

    This is a big fat fail on Apple for not letting this work on a 3gs. I have the same OS, but can not use this service without paying $100. Bad apple is apple.

  • T-Will

    Looks like Apple finally figured out they need to compete with Microsoft and Blackberry. Glad they’re offering this for free now!

  • I updated the post. You can now get free Find My iPhone on older devices as well. Check this out

  • william


    Atcually we may password protect the “Find My iPhone” option like this:
    settings > restrictions(ON) > turn “accounts” to “off”

    • Justin

      That sounds like a great tip! But I looked in the settings on my phone, and ‘accounts’ is not in the list. YouTube, iTunes, camera, etc are there. Maybe it gets added after if I set up a MobileMe account.

  • Han Solo

    Williams nmway of protecting monmbile me works fantastic. Smart guy

  • can you activate “find my phone” remotely? i’ve already lost the phone