Prevent deactivation of Find My iPhone or iPad

It’s not often I’m post­ing com­puter or phone-related stuff here any more, but this one is clev­er and deserves wider atten­tion:

Pre­vent deac­tiv­a­tion of Find My iPhone — Mac OS X Hints:

Cur­rently if you do not have a pass­word on your device a thief (or child) could deac­tiv­ate Find My iPhone. How­ever most people don’t know that you can pre­vent this by using a passcode. (This might require iOS 4.2 or later; I didn’t have an earli­er ver­sion to test it.)

To pre­vent any­one from turn­ing it off you can do the fol­low­ing steps:

  • Open Set­tings and go to ‘Gen­er­al.’
  • Scroll down and tap on ‘Restric­tions.’
  • Turn on restric­tions and enter a four digit passcode and repeat to turn on.
  • Under ‘Allow Changes:’ turn both of the switches Loc­a­tion and Accounts to Off.

Now you can­not dis­able find my iPhone without the passcode. This also pre­vents changes to any­thing related to loc­a­tion ser­vices and changes made to your email accounts.

Find my iPhone is free. Works for iPads too, of course.

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