How to Find a Lost iPodby Techwalla Electronics Editor ; Updated February 10, 2017
Your iPod is a tempting and easy target for thieves because they are expensive, small and easy to snatch. Because they are so small, they are also easy to lose. It used to be that if you lost your iPod, it was gone forever. Now, there are ways you can find it. However, there are steps you'll need to take to make recovering your potentially lost or stolen iPod easier. Read on to learn how to find a lost iPod.
Things You'll Need
- Internet access
Register your iPod with Apple and keep a record of your serial number to help you find your iPod if it is lost. You can go to Apple's website to register online and create an Apple ID name and password if you don't have one already with iTunes. Type in your serial number, which is found on the back of your iPod, after logging in and fill in your address and phone number. If someone calls Apple to report finding your lost iPod, Apple will call you on the phone number listed in your profile.
Obtain iGuard tracking protection software online through their website. After you pay the fees for the service and register on their website, they can help you locate your iPod if it is stolen. After reporting it stolen, iGuard will contact you via email with the location of the device (IP address, PC user name, ISP and city and state) as soon as your iPod is connected to a computer with an Internet connection.
Register your iPod with the Lost iPods site. With a $5 payment, Lost iPods will provide you with a sticker on your iPod where the person who has found your iPod can contact Lost iPods and if someone reports a serial number of an iPod found on their site, they will immediately contact you.
Purchase protection for your iPod with GadgetTrak and register on their website. Install their agent files onto your iPod and if your iPod gets lost or stolen, simply log into your account on GadgetTrak's website and activate the tracking for your iPod. As soon as your iPod is used on a computer with Internet access, you will be contacted with all the information about the computer and location. You will even be provided with a map pinpointing the exact location of the user of your iPod.
Post an ad in the paper or on Craigslist asking for the return of your lost iPod. Explain exactly when and where you lost your iPod and offer a reward if you can. Though rare, it has happened that people who have found iPods have returned them due to ads they have read in the paper or online.
Report your stolen iPod with the police if you are a victim of theft. Give them the serial number and description of your device when doing so to better your chance of finding your iPod.