You will be able to find your iPhone when it is lost even if it is completely dead. While a lot of people believe that their device needs to be powered on in order to locate it, that simply isn’t true. If you ever lose your iPhone or have it stolen, you will definitely need to know how to go about finding it as quickly as possible.
Enabling your iPhone to be found even if it’s dead
The very first step that you will need to follow when it comes to enabling your iPhone so you can find it even when it’s dead is to go into the Settings app. Tap iCloud and select Find My iPhone. Select Find my iPhone and toggle it on with the switch to the right. Make sure that “Send Last Location” is also toggled on. This other setting will allow your phone to send you its last known location, which can be crucial in finding it when it’s lost.
Finding your iPhone on an iPad or Friend’s Phone
You can use an iPad or even a friend’s phone to locate your missing phone quickly and easily by following a simple process.
- Open up the Find My iPhone app on your iPad or your friend’s phone.
- If you are using a device that isn’t yours, tap Sign Out in the top right corner. You will then be asked to enter your Apple ID and passcode to sign in.
- After you have successfully signed in, you will see a list of all your devices. Select your missing iPhone from the list.
- You will see a large dot on the map that represents your missing phone. You will be able to zoom in and out by pinching your fingers on the spot you want to zoom in out on.
- Tap the Actions option at the bottom.
You will be able to tap the car icon to get exact directions to where your iPhone is using the Maps app. When you first begin your route, the directions will take you to where your iPhone was last located, even if it is completely dead. This is not a guarantee that you will be able to find your phone, but it can be potentially helpful.
Finding your Missing iPhone using a Computer
You will also have the option of using a Mac computer to find your missing iPhone. This too is a very simple process that you shouldn’t have much difficulty with.
The steps you need to follow include:
- Open up your web browser and navigate to icloud.com.
- Sing in using your Apple ID and password.
- Click on the Find My iPhone app icon.
- Select the device(s) that you want to find.
You will see a map with an icon that represents you lost iPhone. This will allow you to see exactly where your device is.
Enabling Lost Mode
When you are using the Find My iPhone service, you will see an option called Lost Mode. When you enable Lost Mode, your device will lock down completely and display a message of your choosing for whoever finds it. You will be able to create a message that tells whoever finds your phone to call a certain number so they can return it to you. Even if you do not have Location Services activated on your device, activating Lost Mode will instantly turn Location Services on until the phone has been recovered and taken out of this mode.
It is important to keep in mind that while you can turn Lost Mode on if your phone is completely dead, it won’t do you any good until it has been powered back up and connected to the internet. If you think your lost phone still has any power left, you will definitely need to activate Lost Mode right away. This will make it a lot easier for you to find your iPhone.
- When you are in Find My iPhone, select your lost device and click Lost Mode.
- Enter a phone number that whoever finds your device can call to return it to you.
- Enter a message that will display on the lock screen for whoever finds your phone.
- Tape Done.
- When you recover your iPhone using iCloud and Find My iPhone to track its location, all you need to do is unlock your device using your password to leave Lost Mode.
What to do if you haven’t enable Find My iPhone
If you did not enable the Find My iPhone service before losing your device, you will simply have to retrace your steps. That is, unless you have enabled location history for Google Maps. Location History with Google Maps can tell you the last known location of your lost iPhone. If you are not sure as to whether or not you have enabled location history, there is a simple way to check.
- Simply go to maps.google.com/locationhistory.
- Make certain that you have logged into your Google account.
- Select the date your iPhone went missing.
- Check your last location and get your phone.
You will need to make sure that you download the Find My iPhone app if you have not already. Without this app you will most likely have a very difficult time finding your device if you lose or it is stolen from you. Anyone who is running the latest version of iOS should already have this app pre-installed. If your iPhone did not come with this app, you will need to go to the Apple Store and download it manually.
The Find My iPhone app will provide you with a very clear and concise way to find your phone. The map that you can use to track your phone is simple and easy to understand, so you shouldn’t have any problems with it. While you might not be able to use the map to find exactly where it is, you will at least have a general idea as to where you should look. When you first launch this app you will be asked to sign in with your Apple ID and password. After you sign in you will see the map so you can see where your phone is and track it until it has been recovered.
Using Find My iPhone with Family Sharing
It is possible to find other family members’ devices with Family Sharing. In order to enable this device you will need to have Family Sharing set up on your device for all other members of your family group. If someone loses their iPhone, the entire family can help with tracking it down and recovering it.
How to Turn Off Find My iPhone
If for whatever reason you have decided to deactivate Find My iPhone, which you will have to do if you are sending your device in for repairs, this process is simple. All you need to do is go to Settings, iCloud, and then tap to turn off Find My iPhone with the toggle to the right.
It is important to keep in mind that turning off iCloud will also turn off the Find My iPhone service. You can also go to Settings, General, Reset, and Erase All Content and Settings. You will need to do this if you ever decide to sell your phone or give it away.
If you cannot access a device but you want to turn of Find My iPhone, you will have to go to Find My iPhone at www.icloud.com. Simply click All Devices and choose the device that you want to remove. Click Remove from Account or the “x” button.
If that device comes online again, it will reappear in Find My iPhone. If this happens and you cannot access the phone to turn off the Find My iPhone service properly, you can simply click All Devices and then Erase. By doing this you will completely wipe the device next time it is online. This means that none of your private information will be accessible to others now or in the future.
If Your iPhone is Stolen
If you ever find that your iPhone is stolen, you will first want to file a formal police report. You will also be able to register your iPhone with Immobilise. Immobilise.com is a free website that you can go on to register the details of your property, whether it is an iPhone or something else, by simply uploading a photo and description of it.
The Find My iPhone service is really your best bet when it comes to getting your lost or stolen iPhone back, so it is important to keep that in mind. The last thing you want is to lose your phone only to discover that you did not have this app installed on your lost or stolen device. As long as you follow the steps listed above, you should be able to get your device back.