If you use a Mac, you might want to be able to locate it. Although the need for this is more obvious for a Mac laptop, it could potentially be useful if a desktop unexpectedly changes locations.
Enabling Find My Mac
To enable Find My Mac, perform the following steps:
- Open the iCloud pane of the System Preferences application.
- Check the Find My Mac check box.
- Click Allow at the prompt. You can locate your Mac via the Find My iPhone application on your iCloud website or by using the Find My iPhone app on an iOS device.
Finding a Mac
To locate a Mac, perform the following steps:
- Log in to your iCloud website (see Lesson 1 for the details).
- If you aren’t already at the Home page, click the cloud button in the upper-left corner to move there.
- Click Find My iPhone. (This is labeled “Find My iPhone” no matter which device you are locating.)
- Enter your Apple ID password.
- Click Sign In. You see a map showing the location of the device on which you are displaying your iCloud website.
- Click the Devices button at the top of the window. All the iOS devices and Macs for which you have enabled the Find My Device feature under your iCloud are shown on the My Devices list. If a device is online and has been located, it is marked with a green dot.
- Click the Mac you want to locate. If it can be located, you see it on a map. You also see a dialog box that shows you the options you have to find the device, as shown in Figure 13.7.
FIGURE 13.7. A Mac has been found!
When you locate a Mac, you can play a sound, lock it, or wipe it. These actions work similarly to those for an iOS device. See the section, “Using Find My iPhone with iOS Devices,” for the details.