We just recovered my son’s iPod Touch thanks to Find My iPhone. We had a large part of our family at our house on New Year’s Eve, and one of the kids made the poor decision to take the iPod Touch. I “pinged” the device yesterday, to no avail (The device needs to be connected to wi-fi for “Find My iPhone” to work). This family was staying at my in-law’s house and I had not connected that device to their wi-fi network–so it wouldn’t show up.
Meanwhile, we literally tore apart our house looking for the iPod Touch to no avail. So we had a hunch that it was stolen, but we couldn’t prove it. We tried to calmly inquire about the device from the kids we thought might have taken it–and that was a dead end.
When that family left today, they drove about 2.5 hours and stopped for lunch. Immediately, I received an e-mail that the message had been delivered to the iPod Touch. The kid that took it connected the device to the Internet at a restaurant. We were then able to call the family, the iPod Touch was produced, and it will be sent back to us.
Two morals to the story:
1) Kids make bad decisions sometimes and then lie about those decisions.
2) Take advantage of “Find My iPhone.”