Find My iPhone is a great feature, as it allows you to remotely track your lost, stolen or misplaced iPhone. Besides, the feature also helps you wipe your personal information so your precious data doesn’t fall into wrong hands. However, there are times when a thief turns off location services on your iPhone. This prevents the Find My iPhone app from locating your lost device.
Fortunately, there is a workaround that prevents thieves from turning off your Find My iPhone app, and all it takes is using a lesser known feature on iOS, called Restrictions. Before we proceed, keep in mind that the below-mentioned method may not stop thieves from disabling the Find My iPhone app. But, it gives you more time to locate your device.
How to stop thieves from turning off the Find My iPhone app
In this post, we are going to use Restrictions to password protect the On/Off switch for the location services on your iPhone. This makes sure that your location services feature is enabled when your iPhone or iPad is lost or stolen.
Step one: First off, you need to launch the Settings app from your home screen. Once you are in, scroll down a little bit, tap on General and select Restrictions to proceed (If Restrictions are now turned off, hit Enable Restrictions at the top and enter the Pin code)
Step two: Once you are done, tap on Location Services under the Privacy section. After that, tap on Find My iPhone and turn it on. (Make sure that you turn off the switch for Status Bar Indicator. This will put your iPhone in stealth mode)
Step three: Next up, head back to the Location Services page and check the box next to Don’t Allow Change. Once you are done, hit the Restrictions button at the top left corner to go back to the Restrictions page. From here, a padlock icon should appear next to Location Services option under the Privacy section. This prevents other users from making changes to Location Services (you will need to enter the Pin code the next time you want to make changes)
That’s it! The above method only gives you more time to locate your missing device before it’s gone for good. Keep in mind that if you have located your device, don’t be tempted to recover it by yourself.
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