Find my Iphone is Now FREE!

I know I'm a bit late but I just realized that Find my iPhone is now free for everyone. I just finished adding the two iPads and two iPhones to my account. You must upgrade to IOS 4.2.1 for this to to work.  Before find my iPhone was free, it cost $100 as part of Apple's Mobile Me service. I mainly use the service to share and store files and sync contacts between the 4 machines i regularly use. Find my iPhone comes in very handy especially when I lose my phone in the apartment and need to find it, I just log into Mobile Me and instruct the phone to beep. Here are step-by-step instructions on how to activate.

  1. Make sure you have the latest iOS update (iOS 4.2.1) installed. Plug in your iPhone and click “Check for updates” in iTunes to get the software.
  2. With iOS 4.2.1 installed, tap the Settings app on your iPhone. Then tap “Mail, Contacts, Calendars” and “Add Account.” Then choose MobileMe.
  3. In the MobileMe account menu, enter your iTunes or Apple ID and password (i.e., the login you use to buy iTunes media on the iPhone).
  4. The “Find My iPhone” option should appear. Slide it to “ON” to activate it.”

And you’re done! From here on, you can hop on a computer and enter www.me.com in a web browser. Then enter the same login credentials you used to register for Find My iPhone, and you’ll immediately get a GPS reading of the phone, along with a simple menu of buttons allowing you to lock, wipe, or send a message or sound to the iPhone.

Information, including images for this post was taken from this wired article.