Actually, it doesn’t matter what sort of Apple device you have, be it an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac. If you have a device running iOS 7 or a Mac running Lion (OS X 10.7) or later, there’s an easy way to find it. It might be lost in the woods … or just lost in the couch. Find my iPhone (or Find my iPad or iPod or Mac, respectively) works as long as your device is connected to Wi-Fi, or to a cell network in the case of cellular iPads and the iPhone.
It’s easy: go to iCloud.com on any computer. You’ll need your Apple ID (your email address) and password. Once you are in, click the icon for Find my iPhone (pictured), and once it loads, you should see a map with a dot on it. A grey dot indicates where your device was; a coloured dot indicates a device’s current location. Click the dot and you’ll get more details. In the pop-up that appears, you can click the i to find out what action you can take. If your device is lost in the couch, click Play Sound, and the device will emit a sound at full volume. Or if your device is lost in the woods and you fear somebody will make off with it before you get there, click Lost Mode. Follow the instructions to display a phone number and a message on the iPhone so that if somebody finds the device, they can’t use it – but they can easily return it to you.