How To Find Your Lost iPhone — Even If It’s Off

With iOS 15, Find My will locate your phone even after the phone’s battery dies

Apple’s Find My application has been an exceptionally valuable (and consoling) include, permitting you to find a lost (or taken) telephone so you can recover it (or contact the specialists, in case that is more secure). With the extension of Find My to an assortment of different articles, particularly through Apple’s AirTags, it’s become significantly more valuable.

What’s more, since iOS 15 carries with it the capacity to find your iPhone regardless of whether the battery has run out or it’s been wound down — if you have the right telephone — the utility of Find My has become considerably more noteworthy.

You will actually want to find a shut-off telephone on the off chance that you have the accompanying:

iPhone 11
iPhone 11 Pro/iPhone 11 Pro Max
iPhone 12/iPhone 12 Mini
iPhone 12 Pro/iPhone 12 Pro Max
iPhone 13/iPhone 13 Mini
iPhone 13 Pro/iPhone 13 Pro Max

You’ll realize that this element is dynamic if, when you shut your telephone down, you see the expression “iPhone Findable After Power Off” under the shut down switch.

Activate the Find My app

If you’re new to the iPhone or have never set up the Find My app yet, here’s how you start:

  • Go to your settings, tap on your name, and then on “Find My.”
  • Tap on “Find My iPhone.”
  • Toggle “Find My iPhone” on. If you have upgraded to iOS 15, you can also activate “Find My network,” which will let you find your phone even if it’s offline. “Send Last Location” will send the location of your iPhone to your Apple account when the battery is about to die.
Turn on the Find My feature in your settings.
Turn on the Find My feature in your settings.
Turn on “Find My network” to find your phone when it’s off.

And that’s it! After that, if you can’t find your iPhone, then you can track it either by using the Find My app on a Mac (or another iPhone, if you have one) or on any browser by going to iCloud.com/find and signing in using your Apple ID.

If you’re using the web version, then you’ll see a green dot that locates your iPhone. Select the dot and then the circled “i” (for information), and you’ll be given the choice of having your phone play a sound, erasing it, or putting it on “Lost Mode.” In “Lost Mode,” you can enter a phone number where you can be reached and a message (“Please return this phone asap!”). After that, the phone will be locked until you reenter its passcode.

If you’re using the Find My app, you’ll get basically the same features (except in a more aesthetically pleasing form), along with map directions on how to get to your phone.

And yes — if you’re using iOS 15 on your iPhone, you will be able to locate it even if it’s run out of battery power or has been shut off.

(Note: you can also use the Find My app to help with your own security — to share your location with individuals and send recurring notifications of when you leave and arrive.

The Find My app lets you locate your iphone, send a notification, or erase it.
The Find My app lets you locate your phone, send a notification, or erase it.
(Note: the map has been blurred for privacy reasons.)
Find My can locate a phone even if it’s off — as long as it has iOS 15 installed.

What to do if your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch is lost or stolen

If you lose your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, or think it may have been stolen, use Latitude to protect your data.
Find your device on the map

To find your device, sign in at iCloud.com /find. You can also use the Latitude app on another Apple device you own.

If your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch device doesn’t show up in the device list, it means that Locator hasn’t been turned on. But you can still protect your account even if Latitude has not been turned on.

Marking a device as missing

By marking a device as missing, you will remotely lock it with a passcode, allowing you to protect the data on the device. This will also disable the Apple Pay service on the lost device. In addition, you can display an arbitrary message with your contact information on the lost device.

Designate your device as missing.

Reporting a missing device to local law enforcement
Law enforcement may ask for the serial number of your device.
Identify the serial number.

Filing a theft and loss report

If your lost iPhone is covered by AppleCare+ with theft and loss coverage, apply for a replacement iPhone.

Read also our article about Best Geolocation Apps

Remotely wiping data from your device

Once data is erased from your device, tracking your device’s location will become impossible, so make sure you no longer need to search for your device. If your device is covered by an AppleCare+ agreement with theft and loss coverage, do not erase data from your iPhone until your application is approved.
Erase data from your device.

Contacting your cellular carrier

If you have a cellular-enabled iPhone or iPad that is missing, notify your cellular carrier. Ask your carrier to block your account to prevent you from making calls, sending text messages, and transferring data. If your device is protected under your network operator’s program, apply for it.

Remove a lost device from your account

If your device is covered by AppleCare+ with theft and loss coverage, do not remove your iPhone from your account until your application is approved.

To remove a lost device from your list of trusted devices, go to appleid.apple.com.