Finding a Lost iPod: 12 Steps (with Pictures)

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Finding a Lost iPod: 12 Steps (with Pictures)
Finding a Lost iPod: 12 Steps (with Pictures)

If you've lost your iPod, you might still be in luck. With "Find My iPod" enabled, you can track your lost iPod. You can even lock it or remotely wipe it if you think it's stolen. If you haven't enabled Find My iPod, you'll need to follow other steps and locate it yourself.


Part 1 of 2: Using "Find My iPod"

Find a Lost iPod Step 1

Step 1. Understand the requirements

You can use Apple's location detection service, "Find My iPod", on the iPod Touch 3rd generation and later. In addition, you must have iOS 5 or newer. Find My iPod doesn't work on iPod Shuffle, Nano, or Classic.

  • Find My iPod must be turned on for it to work. When you update to iOS 8, this feature is enabled by default.
  • To manually enable Find My iPod, open the Settings app, tap iCloud, sign in with your Apple ID, then tap "Find My iPod". You must have Find My iPod turned on before you lose the device.
  • There are also other apps that can track your lost iPod, but like Find My iPod, they all require you to install the app before you lose the iPod.
Find a Lost iPod Step 2

Step 2. Open the "Find My iPod" app on another computer or iOS device

you can track your lost iPod using the Find My iPod website or iOS app.

  • Visit on any computer to open Find My iPod.
  • Download and install the Find My iPod app on your or a friend's iOS device. If you're using a friend's iOS device, you can sign in as a guest with your Apple ID. You can download the app for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
Find a Lost iPod Step 3

Step 3. Sign in with your Apple ID

Whether you're using the website or the app, you'll be prompted to sign in with your Apple ID in either case. Make sure you sign in with the same ID associated with the missing iPod.

Find a Lost iPod Step 4

Step #4. Wait for your iPod to appear

Your iPod Touch will appear on the map based on the location reported by the WiFi adapter. If iPod is not connected to a network or turned off, you can't track it, but you can lock it.

Find a Lost iPod Step 5

Step 5. Select your iPod

Click the "My Devices" menu and select your iPod from the list. If your iPod is online, the map will be centered on its current location. When this feature is turned off, the map shows the last known location.

Find a Lost iPod Step 6

Step 6. Let the iPod play a sound

Click the "Play Sound" option to make the iPod play a sound, even if your iPod is muted. This can help you find your iPod when it's turned off.

Find a Lost iPod Step 7

Step 7. Turn on "Lost Mode"

If your iPod is lost and you can't get it back, you can turn on Lost Mode. This will lock the device with a new passcode and allow you to display a custom message on the screen. Lost Mode requires iOS 6 or later.

You can enable Lost Mode on an iPod that is not powered on, it will automatically enter Lock Mode when the iPod connects to a network

Find a Lost iPod Step 8

Step 8. Erase your iPod if you think it is lost or stolen

If you're sure you won't get your iPod back, you can remotely erase it by clicking "Erase iPod". This will delete and lock all data on the iPod.

Like Lost Mode, you can enable this when the iPod is offline and it will be cleared automatically when it is turned back on

Part 2 of 2: Without "Find My iPod"

Find a Lost iPod Step 9

Step #1. Change your Apple ID password

If you think your iPod Touch may have been lost or stolen and you haven't turned on Find My iPod, you should immediately change your Apple ID password. This protects the data in your iCloud account and Apple Pay.

You can change your Apple ID password at

Find a Lost iPod Step 10

Step 2. Change your other important passwords

In addition to changing your Apple ID password, you'll also need to change other passwords for services you've accessed from iPod. This could be Facebook, Twitter, your bank, email, or anything else you may have logged into from the iPod.

Find a Lost iPod Step 11

Step 3. Repeat the previous steps

Without Find My iPod enabled, there is no way to track your iPod. To find a lost iPod without Find My iPod, you have to find it the old-fashioned way.

Think back to the last place you remember using it and try to track it down there. Be sure to look for places where it could have fallen, such as gaps between sofa cushions or car seats

Find a Lost iPod Step 12

Step 4. Report the iPod stolen

If you are sure that your iPod has been stolen, you can contact your local police department to report it as stolen. You'll probably need to provide your iPod's serial number, which can be found on the box or at if you registered your iPod with your Apple ID.

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