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How to Really, Really Annoy iPhone Thieves in 2 Steps

By Alexis Kleinman “

iPhone thefts are a huge problem, especially in New York City, where more than 40 percent of thefts involve cell phones.

But there are steps you can take to protect your iPhone, or at least really annoy thieves after they steal it.

Yes, it’s time for you to set up “Find My iPhone” and its new feature, “Activation Lock.” If someone steals your iPhone, and you have Find My iPhone on, the thief will try to turn it off so you can’t find your phone. Activation lock prevent this. The thief can’t shut off Find My iPhone without putting in your Apple ID and password.

The two features together have been very successful in curtailing iPhone thefts, since thieves are growing wise to the fact that Activation Lock makes it nearly impossible to turn off Find My iPhone, rendering their thievery useless.

Unfortunately, setting up the features is a little confusing, so we’ve decided to create a step-by-step guide to walk you through it.

1. Get an iCloud account.
You likely already set up iCloud immediately upon purchasing your iPhone, but if you didn’t, here’s how:
A. Go to Settings, then iCloud.
B. Tap iCloud
C. Type in your Apple ID and create a password. If you’re not sure what your Apple ID is, Apple can help you find or create one.

2. Activate “Find My iPhone.”
A. Go to Settings.
B. Tap iCloud.
C. Turn on Find My iPhone. Scroll down and you’ll find it. Just swipe the little bar to the right so it turns green, and Find My iPhone is on.
D. Tap “OK.”

Now you’ll be able to find your iPhone much more easily if it gets lost or stolen. Fortunately iPhone theft is going down, thanks, in part, to Apple implementing Activation Lock around six months ago. You should do your part too.

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