How To Set Up Find My iPhone For Free On Older iPhone And iPod Touch Models

Find My iPhone

Find My iPhone – the MobileMe service that lets users track their lost iPhone is now offered free with the latest iOS 4.2.1 update. This feature is available by default on the latest iOS models like iPhone 4, iPad or iPod Touch (4th generation).

However, if you are a user with an older model, it is possible to set up the location tracking feature on your iDevice provided you also have access to one of the newer models. 

Interestingly, Apple has explained how to enable it on older iDevices on their website (checkout footnote 3 on this page):

"You can create a free Find My iPhone account on any iPhone 4, iPad, or iPod touch (4th generation) running iOS 4.2. Once you create an account on a qualifying device, use your Apple ID and password to enable Find My iPhone on your other devices running iOS 4.2."

Here are the step-by-step instructions to set up the Find My iPhone feature on the older iPhone and iPod Touch models.

Step 1: Click here to download and install the free Find My iPhone application from the App Store on your iPhone 4, iPad or the new iPod Touch

Step 2: If you have already set up a MobileMe account, skip this step. Otherwise, launch the application to create a new MobileMe account. 

Step 3: From your iPhone Home Screen, navigate to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Add a MobileMe account. Log in using your Apple ID and password.

Step 4: Once connected, turn the Find My iPhone feature on. 

Step 5: Relaunch the Find My iPhone app and login using your credentials for the set up to be complete. 

Step 6: These steps now need to be repeated for the older iDevices. Download the Find My iPhone app on your older iDevice and follow steps 3-5 to complete the set up. 

There are a few points to note here. Firstly, the Find My iPhone feature is not available in all the countries. Secondly, you should also note that Apple has restricted the number of older devices that are tied to one latest model to three.

Interestingly though, users have noted that deleting the MobileMe account in the new iPhone or iPad does not affect the set up on the older models that are tied to this device. So if you are planning to borrow your colleague's iPhone 4 to set up Find My iPhone on your older iPhone model, you can make use of this trick. 

As always, don't forget to try the feature out and let us know how it works in the comments below.

[via Life Hacker]

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  • lrs

    good news 4 2 1 can be unlocked

  • axis

    ultrasn0w will be released on sunday

    • as the ultrasn0w for 4.1 unlocking will be i got iphone 4 baseband 2.10.04 its locked 🙁 …plz tell me as soon as possible…

  • wolverinemarky

    very very nice for those who havent upgraded yet

  • Meh. I have a 4, and don't have it and don't care. My phone is never more than an arm's length away.

  • N

    Does my Jailbroken 3GS need to be running iOS 4.2 to use this feature, or does it work on 4.1 (assuming I set up the mobile me account on a newer device running 4.2?

  • N

    … and what's the best way to upgrade to 4.2 if my phone was jailbroken using limerain? Thx

  • Zang

    At moment DON'T upgrade…

    Cydia is broken and needs patching, jailbreak is also semi-tethered…

    So I and others in Dev Team rather suggest to wait… If you need it, then go for it, but rather see if a untethered finally gets released with help from @Comex and if Cydia gets fixed.

    Best way though, is pwnage, the Cydia fix/patch is built in, so no need to shh the whole thing, run commands for directories etc etc…

    Even still, I'd suggest waiting to see if an untethered is possible first.

  • lrs

    yes it will unlock 5 15 04 to

  • eric

    It says activation mobileme this devise not supported on Iphone 3G S

  • Did you set it up on an iPhone 4/iPad/iPod Touch 4G first?

  • Chris

    Funny I can't get it for free and I have an i4. So basically it's not free until u either use someone Eles Account OR..have 4.2.1.

  • You need iOS 4.2.1.

  • fas

    Question, does it work only in US or even in India?

  • Kaz

    Is there a way to get the free Mobile Me working on a jailbroken iPhone 4 running 4.1? I verified the account on my brothers iPhone 4 running 4.2 and did everything, but it won't verify it on mine. Any workarounds?? I don't want to update and have a tethered jailbreak.

  • dan


  • Touch

    is it working with ipod Touch 3rd Generation ios 4.2.1

  • Jauchart

    I already have Find My Phone on my iPhone 4, and it works fine. I used the method described above to try to install it on my kids’ iPhone 3 (2 of them). In every installation, I put in my Apple ID and password. But when I go to iCloud, it only finds my phone, not the kids? Is it possible to get Find My Phone to locate all 3 of the phones?

  • tekken steve

    can this application work in an african country like Nigeria cos i think i like this applicaton