I’m glad Apple made the Find My iPhone feature available for free to all iOS devices. It definitely gives me peace of mind knowing if my phone is lost or stolen I can easily find it using this handy tool, but in today’s age where everyone and their mother has an iPhone (at least my mother does), wouldn’t potential iPhone thieves wise-up to the iPhone constantly reporting its location to its true owner? What would keep the iPhone thief from turning off the Find My iPhone tracking service? Restrictions, of course! The restrictions section of the iOS settings provides a nifty trick to help you buy more time to nab that dirty iPhone-stealer.
1. Open the Settings app of your iPhone, tap on General settings, and then Restrictions.
6. Return to the Location menu by tapping the button in the upper left-hand corner.
7. Scroll to the top of the menu. You will see 2 options at the very top: Allow Changes & Don’t Allow Changes.
9. You’ve done it! If you go all the way back to the main settings menu and tap the Location Services button you’ll find all options are greyed-out and locked, even Find My iPhone!
You will need to go back into the Restrictions menu of the Settings app if you need to change which apps may use your location, or if you install new apps that must use location services. This tip may be only for paranoid people like me, but at least this tip provides one more weapon to fend off would-be thieves.