Find A Lost or Missing iPad: How to Set Up & Use Find My iPad in iCloud

One of the first things you should do when you get an iPad is to set up your iCloud account with your Apple ID and password. Go to Settings > iCloud on your iPad. Enter your account information. Then be sure Find My iPad is set to ON.

Setting Find My iPad

If your iPad is lost or missing, you can use iCloud to help locate it. Here’s how:
Open a web browser on any Internet capable device (computer, iOS, other)
Go to


Enter your Apple ID (email address and password)
Choose Find My iPhone

Find My iPad

If you have more than one iOS device on the same account, you’ll see the All Devices list at the top of the page. Tap or click to open the list. Choose the device you want to find.

Choose device

You’ll soon see a map with a locator beacon showing the approximate location of your device.

You can play a sound, set lost mode or remote wipe.

screenshot of find my iPad

The application is called Find My iPhone but it works just the same for iPads, the iPod touch or your MacBook or MacBook Pro. The missing device must be connected to a network for you to locate it. My iPad2 in the device list above is shown as offline and can’t be located. I had my iPad2 in Airplane Mode which shut off all the radios, including Wi-Fi. If the device is offline, you can choose to have it email you a notification when it becomes active again. You can then follow up with Find My iPad.

Find my iPad email

You can also use a free app from Apple on your iPad or iPhone to help locate a missing device.

About Andy Brovey

Dr. Andy Brovey, The Portable Prof, helps others make sense and make use of digital tools through his work, websites and social media. He has over 30 years experience in educational technology, including teaching, administration and professional development. In 2007, Apple Inc. recognized his work and named him an Apple Distinguished Educator. He started this iPad Academy website shortly after the first iPad went on sale to help others become more comfortable and competent with the iPad, in person and online. His latest venture is Teach About Tech, a resource marketplace for technology trainers.