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Find My iPhone does not require a MobileMe subscription iOS devices
I know many people will complain that this is not a hint, but after I discontinued my MobileMe subscription, I never bothered trying to turn back on Find My [iDevice] because I assumed I couldn't use it anymore.

So this IS a hint for those users that don't keep up with Apple news and made the same assumption I did. For anyone who doesn't know, you can just go to add a MobileMe account on the iDevice and use your App Store username and password (i.e. your AppleID).

I know I would've been glad to see this before I found out about it.

[crarko adds: Once again, what may be common knowledge to some is news to other people, and we like to look out for everyone.]
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Find My iPhone does not require a MobileMe subscription
Authored by: Geobunny on Jan 28, '11 07:49:33AM

Sadly it's not quite as simple as this. You need to have iOS 4 with a "supported device". Supported devices are iPads and iPhone 4 only. If you've got a 3GS or older, you're out of luck.



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Find My iPhone does not require a MobileMe subscription
Authored by: SeanAhern on Jan 28, '11 08:29:55AM

I'll give another caveat. iOS devices can only have one account enabled as "push". Since Find My Phone requires Push, that means that none of your other synchronizations (calendars, contacts, etc.) can be pushed to your phone. You have to set them to fetch on a regular schedule.



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Find My iPhone does not require a MobileMe subscription
Authored by: metablake on Jan 28, '11 08:33:22AM

Both of these previous comments are incorrect. Find my iPhone does require iOS4, but works great on a 3GS, and since iOS4 you can have multiple accounts with push notifications.



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Find My iPhone does not require a MobileMe subscription
Authored by: fds on Jan 28, '11 08:57:29AM

The free account deal is like this: you do need to have iPhone 4, iPad or the newest iPod touch, running iOS 4.2 or later, to apply for one.

Once you have enabled your account for the free service, then you can go back and enable it on your older devices (also running iOS 4.2+) as well.

So if you got an iPad, enable it there and you can use it on your iPhone 3GS.



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Find My iPhone does not require a MobileMe subscription
Authored by: Anonymous on Jan 28, '11 10:22:40AM
Thanks for posting this hint. I somehow missed this, too. I happened to hear Leo talking about it in passing on TWIT, so I looked into it. I was disappointed to find out it couldn't be enabled using an iPhone 3GS. Then, I found out that it would work on an older iOS device after it was enabled on a current generation device, as the last commenter explained.

So, I used a friend's iPad, entered my Apple ID, enabled the service, did the same on my iPhone, then deleted my MobileMe account from my friend's iPad. It's nice to know people with shiny, new Apple stuff! :)

Lifehacker posted the steps for doing this.



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dotMac email address
Authored by: hookoa on Jan 28, '11 10:49:00AM

OK.. here is my problem: I have never had a MobileMe account. I did have a dotMac account, in which, I had my email auto forwarded to my domain email address. Therefore my Apple ID is STILL xxxx@mac.com. When I attempt to activate Find My Phone, it says that a Verification email has been sent….. however: NOT. The forward apparently is no longer in effect.

Now what?

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"It's common knowledge among the clergy that God invented beef briskets for
Texans".
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dotMac email address
Authored by: David Allen on Jan 28, '11 01:27:36PM

Go to https://appleid.apple.com/ and you should be able to sign in and manage your Apple ID account and set the primary email address to a currently valid address.

I also have a xxx@mac.com Apple ID, but all email for that ID goes to my gmail account.

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email address change
Authored by: hookoa on Jan 28, '11 01:50:03PM

Thanks, David. Did that. Didn't know you could do that, and I just looked in there the other day. Doh!

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"It's common knowledge among the clergy that God invented beef briskets for
Texans".
........Cactus Pryor



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Find My iPhone does not require a MobileMe subscription
Authored by: stepwallace on Jan 28, '11 07:33:57PM

It's important to note you require a new iDevice to enable this. (iPad, iPhone & iPod touch?). Once activated, you can use your account on any iDevice.

BUT you can only activate an account on a newer device a limited number of times (I believe it's three), so while it is possible to find someone with a newer device and temporarily set it up to activate your own account there is a limit to how many times this can be done.



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Find My iPhone does not require a MobileMe subscription
Authored by: rhenley on Feb 04, '11 09:34:34PM

Find My Phone requires an active data connection, which others have mentioned as requiring Push. That's a subtle way of stating the following,

What that means for those of us who use a passcode to lock our phone, and do not have cellular data service because we rely on a WiFi connection for data; you will find that Find My iPhone only works when the phone is somehow online. If the phone is natively set to be offline, and set to not join any old network it finds, you are basically out of luck with this nifty feature.

Unless of course it's unlocked, and online via WiFi. Whereupon, you don't need to find it because you know exactly where it is in your hand.



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