Display Owner Information on an iPhone | iLounge Article

Article

Display Owner Information on an iPhone

Ask iLounge offers readers the opportunity to get answers to their iPod-, iPhone-, iPad-, iTunes-, or Apple TV-related questions from a member of the iLounge editorial team. We'll answer several questions here each week, and of course, you can always get help with more immediate concerns from the iLounge Discussion Forums. Submit your questions for consideration using our Ask iLounge Submit Form. We reserve the right to edit questions for grammar, spelling, and length.

View the complete Ask iLounge archives...

Q: I was reading your article from this week on how the Find My iPhone feature works, and you mention that it’s a good idea to have a passcode enabled to protect my information. But what happens if an honest person finds my iPhone and wants to get it back to me? Wouldn’t having a passcode prevent them from being able to find contact information? Is there a feature on the iPhone that can be used to show “owner” information on the lock screen like some other phones have?

- Jennifer

A: While there is no “Owner Information” feature on the iPhone, iOS 6 introduced a new “Lost Mode” that you can activate through the Find My iPhone service, which can display a message and contact phone number right on the lock screen. As long as you have Find My iPhone enabled on your device, you can access Find My iPhone from any web browser or the “Find My iPhone” app on another iOS device and enable Lost Mode by clicking on the appropriate option.

Lost Mode will take you through a series of steps where you can enter a phone number and short message to be displayed on your device’s screen. On the iPhone, a “Call” button will also be displayed allowing whoever has found your iPhone to quickly and easily call you back at the provided number, right from your own iPhone.

 

Once Lost Mode is engaged, your device will also regularly begin reporting its location using the Find My iPhone service, so that you can actually see where it’s travelled while it’s lost. By comparison, when Lost Mode is not enabled, your iPhone only reports its location when you request it through the Find My iPhone web site or iOS app.

Lost Mode will automatically deactivate if the device is unlocked with the correct passcode. You can also turn it off at any time from the Find My iPhone site or app.

Although Lost Mode is a pretty neat and useful way of helping reunite you with your iPhone, it is still subject to all of the limitations of Find My iPhone described in our previous article—namely that if the phone is out of network coverage or turned off, there will be no way to activate Lost Mode in the first place. Further, while Lost Mode is available on all iOS 6 devices, an iPod touch or Wi-Fi iPad will not have the benefit of more ubiquitous network coverage.

As a result, if you’re concerned about misplacing your iOS device, you may want to consider a more “low-tech” solution rather than relying on Lost Mode. Since your device can display a lock screen wallpaper of your choice, there is no reason you can’t simply fire up an app like Photoshop and create a custom wallpaper that includes the necessary owner information. Since you’re just displaying a picture here, this can be anything from white text on a plain black background to a small text annotation on your preferred wallpaper image. Once you have your image setup, simply transfer it to your iPhone, which you can do either via iTunes or simply by e-mailing it to yourself and saving it to your Camera Roll; from there you can select the photo as your default lock screen wallpaper.

 

 

 

The most asked question at iLounge.com:

How do I copy content from my iPod/iPhone onto my computer?

Converting DVDs, web video, TV shows and more:

The Complete Guide to iPod, Apple TV and iPhone Video Formats

Converting DVDs, web video, TV shows and more:

The Complete Guide to iPod, iPhone and Apple TV Video Conversion (Mac)

Converting DVDs, web video, TV shows and more:

The Complete Guide to iPod, iPhone and Apple TV Video Conversion (Win)

Best Speakers?

Best Headphones?

Best Case?

Best In-Car Solution?

Best Battery Extender?

Find more answers in the latest publications in our Library. Free downloads developed by the editors of iLounge!

Ask iLounge Archives:

1-24-14: Viewing only downloaded iTunes Match tracks

1-22-14: Splitting purchased content between two iPads

12-13-13: Non-Bluetooth Lightning dock speakers

12-11-13: Shared Apple ID and switching away from iPhone

12-6-13: Syncing multiple iCloud data with a family Mac

Read more recent Ask iLounge articles...

View the complete Ask iLounge archives...

« Apple Case Design in 2013, Part 1: On Protection + Priorities

Reset and erase an old iPhone for resale »

Related Stories

Comments

1

I created an image containing the contact information that I want to share with the person who finds my phone and made that image the lock screen. I have lost my phones twice (the first time, I left my iPhone 4 in a meeting space, the second time my iPhone 5 fell out of my pocket). In both cases, the finder was able to contact me to return the phone.

As an extra bonus I am also able to list my emergency contact and indicate the reward for returning the phone in the lock screen image, although the two finders so far have been unwilling to take me up on the reward.

Posted by Tim DiLauro on March 9, 2013 at 10:10 AM (CST)

If you have a comment, news tip, advertising inquiry, or coverage request, a question about iPods/iPhones/iPad or accessories, or if you sell or market iPod/iPhone/iPad products or services, read iLounge's Comments + Questions policies before posting, and fully identify yourself if you do. We will delete comments containing advertising, astroturfing, trolling, personal attacks, offensive language, or other objectionable content, then ban and/or publicly identify violators.

Commenting is not available in this channel entry.
Sign up for the iLounge Weekly Newsletter

Email:

Recent News

Recent Reviews

Recent Articles

Sign up for the iLounge Weekly Newsletter

Email:

iLounge is an independent resource for all things iPod, iPhone, iPad, and beyond.
iPod, iPhone, iPad, iTunes, Apple TV, Mac, and the Apple logo are trademarks of Apple Inc.
iLounge is © 2001 - 2014 iLounge, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Terms of Use | Privacy Policy