Find My iPad. It has to be somewhere, so start looking here.

Hey, these things happen. Since you take your iPad just about everywhere, you might leave it just about anywhere. But never fear. Whether it’s at the office in a conference room or under a cushion on your sofa, chances are it won’t be lost for long.

Locate your iPad on a map.

Go to Settings on your iPad, tap iCloud and enable Find My iPad.1 Then if you misplace it, sign in to icloud.com from any web browser on a Mac or PC. Or borrow your friend’s iPad, iPhone or iPod touch and use the Find My iPhone app. Find My iPad shows you the approximate location of your iPad on a map.2
Learn how to set up Find My iPad

Display a message or
play a sound to help you find it.

If someone finds your iPad, let them know how to find you. Write a message and display it on your iPad screen. Something like, “Oops, left my iPad behind. Please call me on 07514 394215.” Your message appears, even if the screen is locked. And if the map shows that your iPad is nearby — perhaps in your office under a pile of papers — yet you still can’t find it, you can tell Find My iPad to play a sound that overrides the volume or silent setting.

Set a passcode lock remotely.

If you realise that you left your iPad in a public place, you may want to protect its contents until it’s safely back in your hands. Remotely set a four-digit passcode lock to prevent people from using your iPad, accessing your personal information or tampering with your settings.

Protect your privacy with Remote Wipe.

Addresses, phone numbers, email, photos. Your iPad contains important and personal information — information you probably don’t want in the hands of a stranger. So if you lose your iPad and displaying a message on it hasn’t resulted in its safe return, you can initiate a remote wipe to restore it to its factory settings. When you eventually find your iPad, you can restore the data using your most recent backup from iCloud or iTunes.

Find My iPhone app

Because the unexpected happens in the most unexpected places, the Find My iPhone app can help you locate your missing iPad even when you don’t have access to a computer. It’s free on the App Store and available to anyone. So if you misplace your device, download the Find My iPhone app on a friend’s iPhone, iPad or iPod touch and sign in to find your iPad.
Get the Find My iPhone app

  1. iCloud requires iOS 5 on iPhone 3GS or later, iPod touch (3rd and 4th generation) or iPad; a Mac computer with OS X Lion; or a PC with Windows Vista or Windows 7 (Outlook 2007 or 2010 or an up-to-date browser is required for accessing email, contacts and calendars). Some features require a Wi-Fi connection. Some features are not available in all countries. Access to some services is limited to 10 devices.
  2. Find My iPad enables you to locate your iPad only when it is on and connected to a registered Wi-Fi network or has an active data plan.