Solved How did finder of iPhone 6 contact me?

April 30, 2016 at 07:38:23
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How was the finder of my friend's iPhone 6 able to send a message to me from the lost iPhone 6 saying he/she had found it?
My friend's phone is password protected. Both her husband and I -- no one else -- received similar (but not identical) texts from the finder. Both of us had texted her that morning and she had not yet answered either of us. How was the finder able to text us from the lost iPhone? BTW, the phone has been retrieved and all is well, but we're all curious about how the texts were sent via a password-protected iPhone.

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May 8, 2016 at 01:00:15
In the later versions of iOS you can respond to a text message from the lock screen by swiping left on the message alert and tapping "reply".

The iPhone stays locked but allows a response to be made from the device itself.

If you swipe right on the message alert from the lock screen it will prompt for a password though.

Edit: sorry I didn't realise your question was a week old. I hope it satisfies your curiosity though.

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#1
April 30, 2016 at 08:08:19
Maybe your friend's password was stupidly simple - like 123456 or 111111 - & the finder quickly figured it out? Or the "require passcode" setting was set to 5 minutes & the person found it before it locked up? Or possibly the finder used a password hacking tool.

http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile...


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#2
April 30, 2016 at 09:24:15
The best person to ask this question of is the person who found the phone.

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#3
April 30, 2016 at 10:03:38
That is a really interesting question! I have no idea what the answer is,
but I'd bet that it didn't involve the finder guessing passwords or doing
any hacking. Something simpler. Please let us know what you learn!

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#4
April 30, 2016 at 10:11:23
Because the texts were sent very shortly after the phone was lost, I suspect you are correct -- no passwords and no hacking.

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#5
April 30, 2016 at 10:14:15
Alas, we don't know the kind person who found the phone.

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#6
May 7, 2016 at 13:59:37
Would like to Select Jeff Root's as best answer, but the BEST ANSWER banner is not appearing on my screen.

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#7
May 7, 2016 at 14:00:32
. ..and now the BEST ANSWER finally appeared

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#8
May 8, 2016 at 01:00:15
✔ Best Answer
In the later versions of iOS you can respond to a text message from the lock screen by swiping left on the message alert and tapping "reply".

The iPhone stays locked but allows a response to be made from the device itself.

If you swipe right on the message alert from the lock screen it will prompt for a password though.

Edit: sorry I didn't realise your question was a week old. I hope it satisfies your curiosity though.

message edited by btk1w1


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#9
May 8, 2016 at 04:42:40
Hello btk1w1 and thank you so much for your reply. So that may explain what may have happened. My friend does have some version of iPhone 6 -- I'll ask her to check out your response.

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#10
May 8, 2016 at 04:57:53
No problem.

Do a little experiment with it. Have your friend lock the phone and send them a "test" text message they can reply to by swiping left while it is still locked.

In any case for anyone finding themselves in this situation a good text message to send to a lost and locked iPhone running the later iOS version(s) would be something like:

"Please swipe this message to the left to respond - lost phone TY"

It isn't a commonly known feature but it exists to save you having to unlock your phone to reply to texts.

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#11
May 8, 2016 at 05:11:37
Hi again btk1w1. I have sent your previous message to my friend along with the suggestion that we do just the experiment you suggested. She is away at the moment, but when she returns we will experiment and report back.

What does "TY" mean?


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#12
May 8, 2016 at 05:14:35
It means: Thank you :-)


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#13
May 8, 2016 at 06:15:23
btk1w1

TY! Duh. I should have my coffee before I post.


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#14
June 7, 2016 at 12:24:09
I can reply to text messages without having to unlock my phone. IOS 9 something...

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#15
June 8, 2016 at 11:40:51
No.




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#16
August 13, 2017 at 12:05:32
I just experienced the same with an iPhone 4 without a sim which was being used by my son for music and pictures. He lost it two nights ago, and today I receive an iMessage on my home computer telling me that it was found!! I have no idea how they unlocked the phone and got my details to send the message. The above explanations don't apply to my case because it did not have a SIM card in it, and therefore no messages have been sent from to the phone.

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