How to Locate an iPhone Without MobileMe
By Bennett Gavrish
Updated September 15, 2017
Apple supports a tool called Find My iPhone that helps users locate missing devices using GPS coordination and mapping. In the early years of the iPhone, this tool was only available for individuals who paid for a yearly MobileMe subscription. However, now all iPhone users can use a free version of Find My iPhone without a MobileMe account. You can enable the service with the Apple ID that you use to download iPhone apps from the App Store.
Enabling Find My iPhone
Tap on the "Settings" icon from the iPhone's homescreen.
Go to the "Mail, Contacts, Calendars" section.
Tap on the "Add Account" button.
Choose "MobileMe" as the account type, even though you do not have a subscription.
Enter your Apple ID and password in the appropriate fields, and then tap "Next." These credentials are the same ones you use in the iTunes Store and App Store.
Check the email account linked to your Apple ID for a verification email. Open the email, and click on the "Verify Now" link.
Tap on "MobileMe" from the list of accounts.
Move the slider next to "Find My iPhone" to the "On" position to enable the service.
Using Find My iPhone
Open any Web browser on your Mac or PC computer.
Navigate to the Find My iPhone website at me.com/find.
Enter the Apple ID and password that you used to configure your iPhone, and then click the "Sign In" button.
Wait for the service to locate your iPhone and display a map with its exact GPS coordinates.
Click on the blue arrow next to the name of your iPhone to perform additional Find My iPhone functions, which include locking your phone, resetting your phone or sending a message and sound to your phone.
Bennett Gavrish is an I.T. professional who has been writing about computers, electronics and the Web since 2004. His work has appeared in the "Nashua Telegraph" and the "Daily Free Press" and on numerous websites. Gavrish received a bachelor's degree in journalism from Boston University.