As I told you yesterday, Apple announced that their popular app – Find my iPhone has gone free with the iOS 4.2.1 release. In their press release, they clearly mentioned that the free service is available only for the latest set of devices – iPhone 4, iPod Touch 4G and iPad.

The free Find My iPhone feature is available for iPhone 4, iPad or new iPod touch (4th generation)

Obviously many people (including me) who own the not-so-old iDevices like iPhone 3GS or iPod Touch 3G felt cheated and deprived since Find my iPhone is a really useful and must have app. But don’t fret yet! you might still be able to use the free service on your old iPhone 3GS/3G/2G or iPod Touch 3G/2G!

How to get Find my iPhone to work on iPhone 3GS


I was trying to setup Find my iPhone on my iPad, but couldn’t get it to work. So I tried to look for setup instructions provided by Apple but still couldn’t get it to recognize the iPad. I wasn’t sure if any of the settings is wrong on my iPad or if I am doing anything wrong while setting it up. I wanted to try Find My iPhone on some other device, and since I have an iPhone 3GS, I thought of setting up Find my iPhone on it, even though I knew it was unsupported. To my pleasant surprise, I got it to work on iPhone 3GS. Here is what I did (nothing different than normal setup).

1. Download ‘Find my iPhone’ app from App store.

2. Tap the Settings icon and choose Mail, Contacts, Calendars.

3. Tap the Add Account button and select MobileMe.

4. Enter the Apple ID and password and verify your account

5. Return to the MobileMe screen and switch on Find My iPhone. When the Find My iPhone message appears, tap Allow.

Lo and behold! Your so-called-unsupported iDevice can now be tracked right from your PC or another iDevice!

PS: Ironically, I still haven’t got Find my iPhone to work on my iPad yet. Sigh!

Update: According to @jsnell the fine print on FMI setup guide clearly states that

Create a free Find My iPhone account on any iPhone 4, iPad, or iPod touch (4th generation) running iOS 4.2. Once you create an account on a qualifying device, use your Apple ID and password to enable Find My iPhone on your other devices running iOS 4.2.

So, you would need to create FMI account on a compatible device first before trying on unsupported devices.

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