The Search app and everything you need to know about it — 2022
Within the Apple ecosystem there are many applications that can be found to track devices. The native one from Apple is called 'Search', which has many relevant functionalities to be able to use if necessary, such as when you can't find your device to be able to search for it, as its name indicates. In this article we tell you all the details of this application.
Locate where you have left your devices and lock them
The main function that the Search application has is to r locate the devices that you have linked to your Apple ID. If they are connected to the internet you will be able to see clearly on the map where they are located. This is ideal especially when you have lost it or it has been stolen since you will be able to locate where you have left it or where it is on its way in a really simple way. And this is achieved from any device and even a web page by being able to enter with your credentials in an easy way to be able to track it.
But the really interesting thing is not to know where the team is, but to block it. The 'Search' application includes a series of tools that are planned for when your equipment has been stolen. This way you can prevent them from stealing your information or using it without your authorization . When clicking on the device that has been removed from the entire available list, several options will appear, such as the possibility of establishing a noise, emitting a sound or blocking it.
Locking the device remotely prevents them from accessing the device. On the home screen of this it will appear that the lost mode is activated and a text that can be customized, such as 'I have lost this device, if you find it, call the phone number...'. It is important to note that in this situation it will be completely disabled so that no one can use it, remaining as a simple paperweight. To be able to deactivate this mode you must access the Apple website to be able to deactivate it through your credentials. Even if the person who stole it resets it, they will not be able to use it from scratch either.
Manage your family's devices
The 'Search' application is synchronized with the devices that are within your iCloud family. In the 'devices' category you can view the equipment of each of the members to be able to interact with them. In this sense, you can emit sounds or activate the lost mode in a very simple way. Added to this is also the possibility of viewing the location of the device of your family members as well as other data such as the battery level or the last connection that has been had.
Obviously to have access to the location of the devices you have to take into account that family members must authorize you. This is something that is not activated by default and that the corresponding authorization must be granted, something that can always be reversed. These are functions that can be interesting if you have a child who needs to have their location controlled, being able to do so in a much more comfortable way without having to use third-party applications.
Share your location in real time
One of the star functions of this native application is, without a doubt, the possibility of sharing your real location natively. The only requirement is that the person with whom you are going to share also have this app natively , being limited to the ecosystem itself. In the section called 'People' you can find a section called 'Share my location' on which you can click. At this time you must add the contact through the Apple ID that is linked to it.
From that moment on, the person with whom you are sharing your location will receive a notification to start seeing where you are going. This can be done through the map that is integrated into the Search application in a clear way, receiving updates every few seconds of the changes that are taking place. This is something ideal when you are making long trips or when you are totally lost, so it is a feature that gives confidence and security to all users.
The only inconvenience that can arise is that the location sending device must always be open in order to always send the data. When the application is closed, it does not work correctly and the sending of the location can be interrupted, causing the receiver to not see it in real time.
Use of other tracking devices
In addition to being able to control access to your iPhone, iPad, Mac or any of the devices in the ecosystem, you can also find other devices. We are talking about the locators that Apple markets such as AirTags. Control of these accessories can be done in the Find app easily to display their location if they are quite far away via the beacon features as well as when they are quite close.
But not limited to proprietary Apple devices but the company has released the official API of this tool. In this way you can control other devices that are similar but belong to other third-party brands in a very simple way. In the end, this is the most appropriate site since it has a very similar function to everything that has been previously mentioned. You can find some major brands that offer this possibility, such as Samsung or Tile. Although you cannot get an experience similar to what you can have in the native application of each of the brands, but these are the options that are available right now.
This is an application that is not limited to the iPhone but is available natively on both the iPad and the Mac. The application can be used identically on all three devices with the same tracking features. Although the tracking functionalities are compatible with many other devices that we have been commenting on. Specifically, both the AirPods and the Apple Watch can also be included in this application to always have them in sight even if they do not have any type of application of this type installed.