How to Enable Find My Mac to Track Offline Stolen Mac

If you lost your Mac running on Any OS X and want to track your lost/ Stolen Mac device remotely over the web on another device, You can do it officially and perfectly. Apple Gives free service by watching through GPS tracking. Over the Map, you can see the list of all Mac devices running on the same Apple ID. Here I also clarify in which condition you can track/ Find a stolen Mac or not. If the Find My Mac feature is enabled or Disable condition, what is the next step for anxious folk? MacOS Catalina, or the latest macOS offline finding feature, helps you find your Mac when WiFi is not enabled or offline.

Track/ Find stolen Mac option useful for your MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iMac, and Another older/ New version of Mac running on macOS or New OS X. Update your Mac right now to MacOS Catalina and get the Offline finding feature to track your Mac when it’s offline.

Serious Cases

  • Mac is stolen, and Find My Mac Remotely after the battery has died
  • WiFi is Turned off, and I am unable to see the live or current location. – Offline Finding [Support in macOS Monterey or later]

Pre-Requisition

  • macOS Ventura: Go to the Apple Logo > System Settings > Click on the Profile name > iCloud > Enable the toggle “Find My Mac”.
  • macOS Catalina or latest: Apple Logo from top Mac Menu > System Preferences > Security & Privacy > “Click on lock to make Changes” > Select Location Services > Enable Location Service & Find My.
  • macOS Mojave or Earlier: Find my Mac Turned on Before Lost your Mac. To enable this option, Go to the Apple Menu > System Preferences > iCloud > Login with Apple ID and Password > Enable Find My iPhone and Turn on Location Service under the Detail option.

You will get the last for the location of the above case just before WiFi is turned on and the Battery has died for the above cases.

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Steps for Finding stolen Mac and Checking current position and Direction on Mac

Enable Find My Mac on Mac Computer

Know Which macOS Version is installed on your Mac, and Follow the steps to enable Find My Mac.

On MacOS Ventura or Later

1. Go to the Apple Logo from the top menu. select the System Settings.

Click apple logo select system settings... on mac

2. Click on Apple ID Name, then select iCloud for Mac.

Select apple id profile name click iCloud on mac

3. Click on Show All in the Right Side corner of iCloud.

Choose the show all on mac

4. Under the Apps Using iCloud section, Show all to see the full list. Click on “Find My Mac”. That’s it.

Select find my mac for mac

5. Select the right corner and click on Turn Off to find my Mac.

Select find my mac click on turn off on mac

6. Enter your Apple ID Password, then select Continue.

Enter your password choose the continue on mac

7. Enter Find My Mac Password and choose the OK Button.

Enter password select ok button on mac

8. Enable Find My Network and Turn it on. Tap on Done.

Select ok button on mac

Steps for Older macOS

1. Go to the Apple Logo from the top Mac Menu > System Preferences.

System Preferences on Mac
System Preferences on Mac

2. Next, Click on Apple ID under the System Preferences.

Apple ID account settings on Mac
Apple ID account settings on Mac

3. Now, Tap on iCloud from the side panel of Window.

4. Scroll through the list of iCloud services and Find the “Find My” Option. Also, Allow Find My Mac to use the location of this Mac.

turn-on-find-my-mac-from-mac-system-preferences
turn-on-find-my-mac-from-mac-system-preferences

5. Select the checkbox to enable it. Once you enable it, You will find another option to make more customizations for the Turn Off Online Find My Mac or Turn Off Offline Finding Mac option. I recommend turning on both options.

allow-find-my-location-on-mac
allow-find-my-location-on-mac

6. Allow From the Verification popup.

manage-settings-for-find-my-mac
manage-settings-for-find-my-mac

7. Turn On Option for “Participating in the Find My network lets you locate this Mac even when it’s offline.


That’s it.

Fix Location Service if Off Error on Find my Mac Settings

For the location of your Mac on Map Accuracy, We need to turn on Location Services for Mac and Enable for Find My Only. Yes, We can do it from Mac System Preferences.

Steps for Latest macOS: Go to the Apple Logo > System Settings > Privacy & Security from the left side of the window > Location Services > Enable “Find Me”.

1. Click on the Apple Logo and select System Settings… on Mac.

Click apple logo select system settings... on mac

2. Select Privacy & Security and click Location Services system settings.

Select privacy & security click on location services on mac

3. Turn on Location Services, then automatically turn on Find My on Mac.

Turn on location services then enable toggle find my on for mac

Steps for Older macOS: Go to System Preferences > Security & Privacy > Unlock the window by clicking on the lock icon “Select – Enable Location Services”.

Tap on the Lock icon to make changes. Enter Your Mac System password > Select Location Services > Enable Location Services > Enable Find My.

Enable Location Services on Mac
Enable Location Services on Mac

That’s it. Error is Gone, and Easy to Find Your Mac on Map from Other Apple Devices or icloud.com

manage-settings-for-find-my-mac
manage-settings-for-find-my-mac

Use Offline Finding on Mac or Find My Mac

  • Your Other Apple Device signed in with the same iCloud you will able to find your Mac’s location on Mac using the App. Find My App is now on All the Apple Devices just use it to find any of your Apple Devices.
  • Find My App is pre-installed on iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Mac, and iPod Touch, running on iOS 13/iPadOS/WatchOS 6 & macOS Catalina or later.

Use Find My App

1. Go to the Find My App on the iPhone.
2. Under the Devices Tab, see your Mac name and Tap on it to Show location on Map.

Launch the find my tap on devices on iPhone

3. Now we can play sound remotely, Get the Directions Map and notifications, Mark it as Lost, and erase This device remotely – This option clears stolen MacBook and Mac.

Select on devices tap on play sound, directions, notification ,mark as lost & erase this devices on mac

Use iCloud.com: Trak on Any Device

Can I Find a lost MacBook with a serial number? No. You need your Apple ID that you are using a lost MacBook, Using this Apple ID, we can log in to iCloud, find the service and track it easily.

In this case, are you sure about that on your lost device enabled with the find my Mac option? Then proceed to the steps given below.

Now, what you can do if Find My Mac is enabled: 1. Erase whole data remotely 2. Find the location on the Map.

1. Go to the Browser And Login in to www.icloud.com/find. Or Use Find My iPhone free apps on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Click on sign in on mac

2. Use the Same Apple ID that has been opened on your remote/Stolen Device.

Select continue with touch id on mac

3. After the successful login, You can see the list of other connected devices. To view the current location on the map, click on the device name.

Show the location on mac
  • You can also hear sound near your device
  • You can also lock your Mac remotely or send a message on Screen
  • Find My Mac also helps to delete personal data remotely

Case 2: Report Stolen MacBook, Mac: Find My Mac doesn’t enable or turn on Stolen Mac

Before losing your Mac device, if you didn’t set up Find My Mac or Enable it, Then Follow the alternate solution below.

  1. Reset your Apple ID password from another device.
  2. Also, reset other services like Mail, Message, and Social account
  3. Send the query on your own Apple Mac along with the serial number. Mention that your Mac has Find My Mac Enabled.

Still not resolved, and any queries regarding your Find stolen Mac in some critical condition, share them with others, and we will be glad to assist you.

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Karly Wood

Karly Wood, a Wellington-based journalist, excels in covering Apple and tech trends. With a diverse background in public safety, government, and education reporting, her insights bridge multiple disciplines, offering readers a well-rounded perspective on today's technological advancements. Contact Her Team:- jaysukh.pharma@gmail.com [OR] admin@howtoisolve.com

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