Turn Find My iPad On or Off

You can find your iPad on a map if this feature is turned on

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The Find My iPad option on the iPad is one of the most important features on the tablet. Not only can it help you locate your iPad using GPS, but it can also locate an iPad that's hiding under a couch or beneath a pillow by letting you use an iPhone or a computer to play a sound on your missing device.

Find My iPad has other features like Lost Mode, and you can completely erase the iPad remotely if someone steals it. 

If you're selling your iPad or giving it to a friend, you should turn off the Find My iPad feature before resetting the iPad back to its factory default settings. You should also turn off Find My iPad if you're having any repairs done to it.

How to Turn On/Off Find My iPad

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Access your iCloud settings to enable or disable Find My iPad.

  1. Open the Settings app.

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  2. Tap your name at the top of the left panel.

    Apple ID in Settings on an iPad
  3. Tap iCloud.

    iCloud in iPad settings
  4. Tap Find My iPad on the right, under the Apps Using iCloud heading.

    Find My iPad
  5. Tap the button next to Find My iPad to enable the feature, or tap the green button to disable it.

    Turn on Find My iPad
  6. On this screen, you can also activate Send Last Location. This option sends Apple the iPad's location information when the battery is low, so you can find it even if it's empty. Otherwise, if the iPad is powered down or not connected to the internet, you won't be able to see a location.

You must turn on Location Services for Find My iPad to work. You can do that from the Privacy area in the Settings app.

How to Use Find My iPad

A huge benefit to Find My iPad is that you don't even need an iPad to use it. Here's how to use it to track your missing tablet:

  1. Go to iCloud.com on any web browser.

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  2. Tap Find iPhone.

    You can use "Find iPhone" to locate any device you've set up "Find My" on, including desktop and laptop computers, Apple Watch, iPhone, and iPad.

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  3. The default Find My iPad screen shows a map with all of your devices. Click the All Devices drop down link at the top of the screen to choose a specific device.

    If you're using your iPad to locate another iOS device, hold the tablet in landscape mode, and the list will appear on the side of the screen.

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  4. The device screen will zero in on the location of that device and offer these options:

    • Play Sound plays a sound on the iPad to locate the tablet when you're sure it's somewhere within earshot.
    • Lost Mode locks the iPad so that nobody else can access it. You can also type a message to appear on the iPad's screen. Use this option if you've left the iPad and want to protect it from being used and let anyone that finds it know your phone number, email address, home address, or other contact info so that they can arrange to get it back to you. 
    • Erase iPad is for when you know you will not get the iPad back and want to clear it for security. Another reason to use the Erase iPad option is when you need to reset your iPad without plugging it into a computer, like if it keeps freezing up.
  5. You can manage every device on your Apple ID from this site.