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The Apple application that help to locate your Mac.

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The "Find My Mac" setting will not turn on, despite having gone through Apples instructions carefully... how can I fix this issue?

I have followed the instructions here to turn on "Find My Mac", but it doesn't work. I have a Macbook Pro 14 inch 2021, with MacOS 12.4 Moneterey installed. I alread had location services ...
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Find My indicates that my Mac is still at the thief's residence, but no option to erase

The Find My tracker indicates that my Mac is still at the residence of the person who stole it. I no longer have the option to erase the device and the picture of it has changed, but it still says ...
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2015 MacBook Pro Retina display was been stolen 3 years ago & still no location popping up is there any other way to locate my stolen MacBook Pro

A friend said he could replace the screen on our MacBook Pro with retina display & didn’t know he was bad off on drugs at the time & he sold our 2015 MacBook Pro to his cousin which we don’t ...
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Which user(s) can activate erased Mac with their device password after Mark As Lost?

I have the following 3 users on my M1 Macbook Air 2020: userA: admin created during macOS installation, no AppleID connected userB: non-admin, its own AppleID connected, FindMy disabled userC: non-...
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Old device visible in Find My, how do I remove it?

There is an old device of mine in the Find My app that has been disconnected from the iCloud account and is no longer in my possession. This device does not show up in my settings. How do I remove ...
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In the Find My App - why does Macbook show a random time in the middle of the night?

I have family sharing on, and one of my own laptops was showing a timestamp of 3am, but I was asleep then. Will a macbook ever periodically "ping" its location, or is it exclusively when it ...
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Why is "Find My Mac" still complaining about "Wake for network access" being inactive, although I just activated it?

Environment MacBook Pro 15" (Mid 2014) macOS 11.2.1 Big Sur Find My Mac gets activated for the first time on this device. There was no other user before ever, I bought it refurbed from Apple.com,...
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Macbook Pro asks for old iCloud password for Find My Mac

I have a Macbook Pro which I have just wiped the disk and reinstalled Catalina on. I'm trying to enable Find my Mac, but in system preferences, under iCloud, the 'Find my Mac' checkbox is disabled ...
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Find My Mac already in use (on a bought Mac) - how clear this option?

I bought a used Mac Mini (2018) from a (used Mac reseller), and today I've noticed that the previous owner is still signed in to Find My Mac (but it is me who is signed in to this Mac's iCloud). ...
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Used MPB 16 bricked after seller remotely erased it

My recently purchased MBP 16 (used, from eBay) suddenly crashed and upon restart, would not find the internal SSD to boot up. It would show the questionmark-folder icon flashing. After rebooting and ...
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How to ensure a stolen MacBook Pro Retina is useless to a thief?

(There are similar questions to this, but they all are old, like OS X Snow Leopard old. This is for Catalina era.) I carry my MacBook Pro on me almost always when I go places. I keep it in my ...
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Find my Mac / BootCamp

If I have Find my set up and Bootcamp installed as well, will my computer be trackable when on Windows? What happens if a thief steals my device and remains in Windows all the time, or deletes macOS ...
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Can Find My Mac locate laptops that have been wiped?

Can the new Find My service from Apple locate laptops even if the disk is wiped? I had a MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2015) running macOS 10.15 Catalina that was linked to an iCloud account and ...
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Remote SSH access to sleeping MacBook Pro only works when 'Find my Mac' application is running - can I make this persist?

As expected, I cannot SSH in to my MacBook when I have left it with the lid shut/sleeping, but if I use my iPhone to access 'Find my Mac', the MacBook wakes and then I can SSH in. However, when my ...
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What versions of OS X support 'Find My Mac'?

I am running a clean install of OS X 10.9.5 (Mavericks) and can't seem to locate the 'Find my Mac' feature that I have seen on my friend's machine. What versions of OS X support 'Find My Mac'?
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Find My [Mac] reported location without WiFi?

I was the owner of a Macbook Pro w/ Touchbar running macOS Mojave last week-end The macbook has been stolen and moved 300 miles away from the point. I got two alerts separated by a few hours, around ...
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MacBook Pro locked using Find My Mac

I bought a MacBook pro from a guy who I met in online . Everything looked perfect at the time of purchase. But later, I connected it to the Internet and all of sudden it got a locked screen over ...
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Can you figure out if your friend is sharing their location from their iPhone or MacBook?

Can you figure if your friend is sharing their location from their iPhone or MacBook ?
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Can’t unlock MacBook Air with PIN from Find my iPhone [duplicate]

I locked my MacBook Air through Find My iPhone app because I thought I had lost it. One day later I found it. I tried to unlock it with the PIN I had set and apparently I remembered the PIN wrong. I ...
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How can I track/login to stolen MacBook Pro

My MBP got stolen in January 2017 and is not shown in Find My iPhone but I just found out that it shows up under signed-in devices in iTunes with the serial number and the first name of the new user (...
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Will MacBook still show as Offline in find my iPhone after it's been restored? [duplicate]

I have received so many different answers and I'm hoping to get one from someone who knows about this specific issue. My MacBook Pro was stolen last week, but it is still showing on my devices on ...
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Can you wipe a MacBook pro's ssd if it doesn't have a firmware password?

My MacBook Pro got stolen, and I have file vault enabled but not the Firmware password, too strange on Apple's part not to set it on by default when you set a user password or at least to raise ...
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Is it possible to remotely switch on Find My Mac?

My MacBook was stolen over a month ago. I stupidly hadn’t enabled Find My Mac, so I was unable to track it. I’ve just had a notification saying that the stolen MacBook has logged into my iCloud ...
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Find my mac tracking

Does the "Find My Mac" app automatically notify you every time your Mac is turned on? Or do you have to physically request for it notify you on a case-by-case basis?
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Will erasing a Macbook Pro via the FindMyiPhone site erase Windows partitions?

My mac was stolen, I requested that the mac be erased on this portal: Find My iPhone. I used Windows 10 via Bootcamp. Will this partition be erased as well? The 'erasing' was triggered last night so ...
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MacBook Stolen and locked remotely through Find My Phone but unable to locate it [duplicate]

My MacBook got stolen and I put it in lost mode in Find My Phone, locked it and got email it successfully locked, but the app couldn't get its location. How is this possible? Is it that the thief ...
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Can't find my Mac last location even if my Mac was online only for half an hour?

My Mac was lost the other night. Someone probably wiped it clean, and reset nvram. Is it possible to see last locations on Find my Mac? Because who ever found it, he must have been connected to ...
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Does Find My Mac work if the disk gets erased? [duplicate]

My MacBook Pro was stolen a couple of days ago and Find my Mac had been enabled on it. I have already locked the Mac with a passcode and a message as well as clicked on the play sound feature(on the ...
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Can not unlock my MacBook Pro once I locked it with Find my iPhone

I thought that i lost my MacBook Pro so I used Find my iPhone to lock it. Now that I found it an interrogation point is appearing on my screen but there is nowhere I can write my pin. Can you please ...
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How to delete Macbook from Find My iPhone without erasing data?

I have an iCloud account and there are my phone and a macbook which not belongs to me. I removed it from Apple ID and settings in iCloud, but it is still in Find my iPhone. I only able to erase this ...
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Locked Mac find my Mac

Find my Mac is locked I wanted to know if there is a way to rebuild a Mac with find my Mac being locked to an Apple ID. I can't remember what I put for my 6 digit pin. Also, is there a way to just get ...
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Can you unlock a Mac that was locked from Find my iPhone & prevent it from being erased?

Okay so quick run down, my Macbook Pro was stolen a few months ago. When it got stolen I immediately enabled the lock feature from Find my iPhone, & after a few weeks of waiting with no answers, I ...
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Lost MacBook's last detected location

I received notification that Find iPhone's remote erase had been started on my lost MacBook on a specific time. I suppose someone brought it online, Apple detected it and initialized the remote wipe ...
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How does Find My Mac work exactly?

My Macbook Pro 13 (2015) was recently stolen. I activated FMM about an hour after the event and two hours later received an update that the machine was erased. Questions: 1) What does this mean ...
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Is it still possible to track a stolen iPhone 6s Plus eventhough it has already been restored to its factory settings?

My iPhone 6s plus got stolen from me last Monday evening and I have only started to track it down using Find My iPhone the following night. From then onwards, it only showed that my phone is offline ...
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Can I reset firmware password via Find My Mac?

I would like to find out if I can set a new firmware password via Find My Mac? I already have my MacBook added but the firmware lock is active and I have no idea what it is, I've tried all ...
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MacBook erased by thieves but still shows on FMM

My MacBook Pro was stolen yesterday and I received an email that it was being erased. FMM now shows it was locked. It went online twice and I was able to see the approximative address. I wasn’t able ...
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Do I have to turn on find my Mac on my computer?

Does find my Mac have to be turned on under the system preferences in the computer or can I somehow link the serial number to my icloud and still be able to use it? Asking because I believe my macbook ...
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What happens after a stolen Mac was remotely wiped?

A Macbook Air was stolen from us last month and we immediately activated "Find my Mac" and a few minutes later we requested it to be wiped (through iCloud). Today, 1 month later, we received an email ...
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Guest user randomly created on my Mac, after setting up Find My Mac

How do I disable the guest user? Is there a reason why it gets created? It won't mess up any of my files or data on my computer right? Is find my Mac suppose to randomly create it?
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Will 'Find My Mac' work after my Macbook Pro has been locked due to failed login attempts?

My late 2013 Macbook Pro was stolen a week ago and I've been tracking it with 'Find My Mac'. The thief would turn the laptop on for a few minutes at a time in the evenings and probably try a few ...
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Find My Mac - WPS and Proxies

Is it possible to trick the Wi-Fi Positioning Service using proxies? My Mac got stolen a couple of days ago in Rome Italy and located in Algerie today.
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"Find My iPhone" locked my Mac

Yesterday my MacBook Pro started to be blocked. When it boots it asks for the password for the Guest account. No password is right. According to various sources of information I found on the Web, ...
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Can I see latest location of my stolen MacBook?

My MacBook Air was stolen a couple of weeks ago. It had iCloud / Find my mac activated, so I activated stolen mode, and requested it to be deleted if it ever came online. This is exactly what happened ...
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Can thief use locked MacBook Air?

My MacBook air was stolen from my apartment a few days ago. I got the address on the find my iPhone app, but then it said that the MacBook was locked, requiring a code. I didn't lock my MacBook from ...
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Updated Apple-ID password, will Find my Mac still work?

I updated my Apple-ID password after losing my Mac. Will Find my Mac still be able to find it? If so, how does the authentication/identification work?
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Could my stolen Mac have been erased before I activated Find My Mac?

My Mac was stolen on a train and I only noticed it shortly before arriving the final destination. The thief most likely left the train at one of the earlier stops. I activated the Find My Mac feature ...
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I lost a MacBook Pro Retina 2013, What should I do to locate it?

I forgot it in the train station in a backpack. The Mac is locked with a password. It has Mavericks installed. Find my mac is enabled. What should I do to locate it and avoid thieve disable "find my ...
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Can Find My Mac still persist after erasing the hard drive?

I have recently acquired a MacBook Air 2011 off of ebay. In order to avoid second-hand Mac issues relating to iCloud remote shut downs, I have performed the following actions: Secure erase (using ...
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Can I turn off my Guest account and still use Find My Mac?

I understand that turning on Find My Mac also turns on a "Guest" account (in "login only" mode). For a variety of reasons, I would prefer not to have an enabled Guest account at all. Does Find My ...
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