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Recover Your Apple ID - Apple. Apple’s Find My network is a crowdsourced method of locating your lost iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, AirPods, Apple Watch, or Mac. You can also use it to locate lost items that have AirTags attached to them. It’s available as a free service to Apple device owners. The Find My network utilizes Bluetooth sensors on hundreds of millions of Apple.

The Finder is the first thing that you see when your Mac finishes starting up. It opens automatically and stays open as you use other apps. It includes the Finder menu bar at the top of the screen and the desktop below that. It uses windows and icons to show you the contents of your Mac, iCloud Drive, and other storage devices. It's called the Finder because it helps you to find and organize your files.

Change how your files are displayed

To change how files are displayed in Finder windows, use the View menu in the menu bar, or the row of buttons at the top of the Finder window. You can view files as icons , in a list , in columns , or in a gallery . And for each view, the View menu provides options to change how items are sorted and arranged, such as by kind, date, or size. Learn more about customizing views.

Gallery View, showing the sidebar on the left and the Preview pane on the right.

When you view files in a gallery, you can browse your files visually using large previews, so it's easy to identify images, videos, and all kinds of documents. Gallery View even lets you play videos and scroll through multipage documents. Earlier versions of macOS have a similar but less powerful gallery view called Cover Flow .

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The sidebar in Finder windows contains shortcuts to AirDrop, commonly used folders, iCloud Drive, devices such your hard drives, and more. Like items in the Dock, items in the sidebar open with just one click.

To change the items in your sidebar, choose Finder > Preferences from the Finder menu bar, then click Sidebar at the top of the preferences window. You can also drag files into or out of the sidebar. Learn more about customizing the sidebar.

Search for files

To search with Spotlight, click the magnifying glass in the menu bar, or press Command–Space bar. Spotlight is similar to Quick Search on iPhone or iPad. Learn more about Spotlight.

To search from a Finder window, use the search field in the corner of the window:

When you select a search result, its location appears at the bottom of the window. To get to this view from Spotlight, choose “Search in Finder” or “Show all in Finder” from the bottom of the Spotlight search results.

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In both Spotlight and Finder, you can use advanced searches to narrow your search results. You can also use tags to organize and find files.

Delete files

To move a file to the Trash, drag the file to the Trash in the Dock. Or select one or more files and choose File > Move To Trash (Command-Delete).

To remove a file from the Trash, click the Trash to open it, then drag the file out of the Trash. Or select the file and choose File > Put Back.

To delete the files in the Trash, choose File > Empty Trash. The storage space used by those files then becomes available for other files. In macOS Sierra, you can set up your Mac to empty the trash automatically.

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A problem with Find My has led to some iPhone owners not being able to use the hardware-relocation service, an issue that Apple quickly fixed.

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An update to Apple's System Status webpage advised there is a problem with the Find My service. Powering the Find My network, the service was listed on the page to have an 'issue,' and that 'Users may be unable to use this service.'

The fault listing says the problem was logged as starting at 8:30pm BST (3:30pm eastern), and later updated to say it concluded at 10:15pm BST (5:15pm eastern). Apple doesn't customarily provide estimates for when system issues will be rectified, but it appears the time Apple worked on the problem was under two hours in total.

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Apple confirmed via Twitter it was 'aware of and working on a fix for the Find My issue,' and advises to 'keep an eye' on the status page for updates.

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It is unknown exactly how many people were affected by the issue, as Apple states 'some users are affected.' There are relatively few complaints on Twitter under searches for related terms, which could indicate it is minimally impacting customers at the moment.

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Updated at 6:00pm eastern: Updated with Apple's change of status for the issue to 'Resolved.'