Within the Apple ecosystem there are many applications that can be found to track devices. The native of Apple is called ‘Search’ that has many relevant functionalities to be able to use in case of need, such as when you cannot find your device to be able to search for it, as its name indicates. In this article we tell you all the details of this application.
Locate where you have left your devices and lock them
The main function of the Search application is to be able to locate the devices that you have linked to your Apple ID. If they are connected to the internet you will be able to see clearly on the map where they are located. This is ideal especially when you have lost it or it has been stolen since you will be able to locate where you have left it or where it is going on the way in a really simple way. And this is achieved from any device and even web page by being able to enter with your credentials in an easy way to be able to track it.
But the really interesting thing is not knowing where the team has been but blocking it. The ‘Search’ application includes a series of tools that are provided for when your computer has been stolen. In this way you can prevent them from stealing your information or using it without your authorization . When you click on the device that has been removed from the entire available list, several options will appear, such as the possibility of setting a noise, emitting a sound or blocking it.
Locking the device remotely prevents them from accessing the device. On the home screen of this it will appear that the lost mode is activated and a text that can be customizable such as ‘I have lost this device, if you find it call the phone number …’. It is important to note that in this situation it will be totally disabled so that no one can use it, leaving it as a simple paperweight. To be able to deactivate this mode you must access the Apple website to be able to deactivate it through your credentials. Even if the person who stole it resets it, they will not be able to use it from scratch.
Manage your family’s devices
The ‘Search’ application syncs with devices within your iCloud family. In the ‘devices’ category you can view the teams of each of the members to interact with them. In this sense, sounds can be emitted or the lost mode can be activated in a very simple way. To this is also added the possibility of viewing the location of the device of your family members as well as other data such as the battery level or the last connection that has been had.
Obviously, to have access to the location of the devices, you have to take into account that family members must authorize you. This is something that is not activated by default and that the corresponding authorization must be granted, something that can always be reversed. These are functions that can be interesting if you have a child who needs to control the location, being able to do it in this way much more comfortable without having to use third-party applications.
One of the star functions that this native application has is undoubtedly the possibility of sharing your real location natively. The only requirement is that the person with whom you are going to share also has this application natively , being limited to the ecosystem itself. In the section called ‘People’ you can find a section called ‘Share my location’ that you can click on. At this time you must add the contact through the Apple ID that is linked.
From that moment, the person with whom you are sharing your location will receive a notification to start seeing where you are going. This can be done through the map that is integrated into the Search application in a clear way, receiving updates every few seconds of the changes that are made. This is ideal when you are making long trips or when you are totally lost, so it is a feature that gives confidence and security to all users.
The only drawback that may arise is that the location’s issuing device must always be open in order to ensure that the data is always sent. When the application is closed it does not work correctly and the sending of the location can be interrupted causing the receiver not to see it in real time.
Use of other tracking devices
In addition to being able to control access to your iPhone, iPad, Mac or any of the devices in the ecosystem, it also finds other devices. We are talking about the locators that Apple sells such as AirTags. Control of these accessories can be done in the Find application easily to visualize their location if they are far enough away through the beacon functions as well as when they are quite close.
But it is not limited to Apple’s proprietary devices, but the company has released the official API of this tool. In this way, it is possible to control other devices that are similar but that belong to other third-party brands in a very simple way. In the end, this is the most suitable site since it has a very similar function to everything that has been previously commented. You can find some important brands that offer this possibility such as Samsung or Tile. Although you cannot get an experience similar to what you can have in the native application of each of the brands, but these are the options that are available right now.
This is an application that is not limited to the iPhone but is available natively on both the iPad and the Mac. The application can be used identically on all three devices with the same tracking features. Although the tracking functionalities are compatible with many other devices that we have been commenting on. Specifically, both AirPods and Apple Watch can also be included in this application to be able to always have them in view even if they do not have any type of application installed of this type.