How to Locate Your iPad on a Map

  Matt Cone       May 31, 2012      Tutorials iPad


Did you lose your iPad? If you enabled Find My iPad, there’s no need to worry. As long as the iPad is turned on and connected to a cellular or wireless network, you can access a map that pinpoints its exact location. This should be the primary tool in your recovery arsenal, whether you left your iPad under a couch cushion or on a table at the neighborhood cafe.

Here’s how to locate your iPad on a map:

  1. Make sure that you’ve enabled Find My iPad.

  2. Using your computer, log in to the iCloud website. (Or you can use the Find My iPhone app on another iPad or iPhone.)

  3. Click Find My iPhone, as shown below.

    Find my iPad icon

  4. iCloud will attempt to locate your iPad. Be patient - this process can take a few minutes. With any luck, your iPad will appear on the map, as shown below.

    Locating your iPad on a map

You’ll probably notice that the geographic location on the map is not completely accurate, especially if the iPad is only connected to a wireless network. But hey, it’s better than nothing, right? And it should give you a rough idea of the iPad’s location (e.g., the iPad is in my house and not the cafe).

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