Find your lost or stolen iPhone even when it’s turned off
One of the biggest annoyances when you loose your phone is that it is impossible to find it again using the Find my iPhone feature if your phone runs out of battery or is turned off, Well, great news, one of the biggest improvements to come from Apple’s new iOS 15 update is to the ability to still use the Find My iPhone feature and locate your lost iPhone even when the device has been turned off or the battery has died.
This new iOS 15 feature that allows the battery to reserve a small amount of charge even though the phone is powered off. The phone stays in a low-power state, allowing any nearby iOS device to pick up the Bluetooth signal and send back its location.
This feature will give you a chance of finding its location for several more hours after it has been switched off or it’s battery has died. In fact, Apple says the location tracking will even keep working whilst the phone is reset to factory settings with Activation Lock enabled.
Please note that his feature is only available on iPhones in the iPhone 11, 12 or 13 series.
To ensure that you have this feature turned on it is important for users to enable the Find My Network feature. The feature is switched on by default, but you can cross-check and turn it on if it is not.
How to turn on Find My for your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch
Here’s a refresher on how to turn on the Find My network:
- Open the Settings app.
- Tap your name, then tap Find My.
- If you want friends and family to know where you are, turn on Share My Location.
- Tap Find My [device] and then turn on Find My [device].
- To see your device even when it’s offline, turn on Find My network.*
- To have the location of your device sent to Apple when the battery is low, turn on Send Last Location.
If you want to be able to find your lost device on a map, make sure that Location Services is turned on. To do this, go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services, and turn on Location Services.
When this capability is activated, you’ll also see an alert when powering down your iPhone that says, “iPhone Findable After Power Off.” Tapping that notification will pull up an information box that provides more detail.