Here’s a guide on how to find your lost iPhone. Utilizing the “Find My iPhone” last known location feature to locate the dead iPhone. This function allows you to locate a dead iPhone’s last known position before it died, which often leads to device recovery! We’ll show you the best ways to check an iPhone’s previous location.
Simple Ways to Locate an iPhone That Is Offline, Dead, or Turned Off
If you’re seeking a way to find a missing iPhone that’s switched off or otherwise untraceable, try the options below. It’s vital to remember that you should immediately alert the authorities if you think your iPhone has been stolen. Please do not try to retrieve the stolen phone yourself.
Instead, refer to our instructions on what to do if your iPhone is permanently lost or stolen, as the processes will differ from those required to locate a lost phone using the Find My last known location feature.
Use iCloud.com/Find to locate a misplaced iPhone.
The majority of folks looking for a way to locate an iPhone that is dead or otherwise unavailable will utilize a computer. When you log in to iCloud.com using your PC or Mac, the program is still called Find My iPhone, even though it’s been renamed on the iPad and iPhone. On a Mac, the tool is called Find My, and you can use it to locate a misplaced iPhone—dead battery or not—just like you would on an iPhone or iPad. Here’s how to use iCloud.com’s Find My iPhone software from a laptop or desktop web browser to track your iPhone:
- Go to icloud.com in your browser or use the Find My app on your PC.
- Sign in to iCloud.com with your Apple ID and password if you’re looking for a lost iPhone.
- Allow use of iCloud.com on the device you’re using if prompted and complete two-factor authorization.
- Select the icon for the Find iPhone app.
- Go to the top of the screen and select All Devices, then your missing iPhone.
- The location of your missing iPhone will be displayed on the map.
- If you’re concerned about someone finding your missing iPhone and gaining access to its data, Lost Mode will lock your phone and protect your data.
- Only use Erase iPhone if you believe your iPhone has been permanently lost or stolen, and only after you’ve taken a few other measures.
- To sign out, go to the top-right corner of the screen, click your name, and sign out.
Additional Read: What Can You Do to Extend iPhone’s Battery Life?
Using Your Ipad
In this section, we’ll teach you how to use the Find My app on an iPad to locate a misplaced iPhone that has died. If your iPhone’s battery dies, you’ll be taken to the last location where it was found before the battery died. If your iPhone is offline but not dead, the Find My app will use neighboring Apple devices to locate the lost iPhone’s current position. To locate your missing iPhone on an iPad or a friend’s iPhone (even if it’s dead), follow these steps:
- On the smartphone you’re using, open the Find My app.
- Select the Devices tab.
- A map with a list of your Find My-enabled devices will appear.
- A map will show, along with a list of your Find My-enabled devices.
- If your iPhone is dead or switched off, it will appear on the map as an iPhone with a black screen, with red text in the sidebar indicating when the Find My iPhone last known position was recorded.
- If your iPhone is turned on, it will display an active (colorful) Home screen with a battery icon in the sidebar that indicates how much battery life is left.
- To acquire driving or walking directions to your missing iPhone’s location, tap Directions.
- If your iPhone is offline but not dead, you can use Play Sound to help you find it when you’re close by.
- If the iPhone is dead, slide up on the sidebar and turn on Notify When Found to send notifications and a location update to your iPad the next time your lost iPhone turns on.
Find My iPhone Using Another iPhone
How can I track if my iPhone is offline or dead and I don’t have access to an iPad? In this instance, your friends and relatives can assist you in locating your missing iPhone by allowing you to use their iPhone to log into your device. Don’t sign out of someone else’s Apple ID in Settings when using a different iPhone associated with their Apple ID; instead, utilize the Me tab in the Find My app to log in remotely. Here’s how to track down your misplaced iPhone using someone else’s Apple device.
- Go to your friend’s iPhone and open the Find My app.
- Click on the Me tab.
- Scroll down to Help A Friend and tap it.
- You’ll be prompted to sign in to iCloud. Select Use Different
- Apple ID at the bottom of the pop-up notification if requested to log in with Touch or Face ID.
- Use your own Apple ID and password to log in.
- The screen will show a circle around the area where your iPhone is and, if necessary, zoom in.
- Below the map, you’ll find many buttons.
- When you’re getting close to the missing iPhone and think you might hear the tone it plays to help you find it, Play Sound comes in useful.
- Lost Mode protects your data by putting your iPhone into Lost Mode.
- Erase iPhone should only be used after taking specific other measures if you believe your iPhone is permanently lost or stolen.
- If your iPhone is nearby, use the map to find it, or press Directions to get Apple Maps directions to your missing iPhone’s location if it’s further away.
- Tap your name in the top-right corner of the Find My app screen when you’re finished.
- Select Sign Out to avoid remaining signed in on your friend’s iPhone.
Google Maps can help you locate your offline device.
Unless you’ve enabled location history for Google Maps, you’ll have to retrace your steps to find an iPhone’s last known location if you don’t have to Find My iPhone activated. Google maps’ location history will be able to tell you where your misplaced iPhone was last seen. Visit the link below if you’re unsure if you’ve enabled location history. If you haven’t done so already, it will prompt you to do so, which is a good idea if you misplace the phone.
- Go to www.google.com/maps/timeline and enter your information.
- Verify that you are logged into your Google account.
- Choose the date your iPhone went missing from the drop-down menu.
- Revisit your previous position and get your phone!
What to Do If Your Phone Is Dead and You Can’t Find It
If you’ve tried everything else and still can’t find your iPhone, you might want to try activating iPhone Lost Mode. We’ll teach you how, but first, let’s talk about what Lost Mode is.
You’ll notice an option called Mark as Missing when you use Find My to find your lost iPhone. When Mark As Lost (Lost Mode) is activated, it will remotely lock your iPhone and display a custom message with a phone number where you can be reached in case someone finds it. Apple Pay, as well as most notifications, will be deactivated. This option also remotely activates Location Services, allowing you to locate your device in the Find My app if you’ve been unsuccessful thus far.
- Log in to your Apple ID on an available device and open the Find My app.
- Click on the Devices1 tab.
- From the list, choose your misplaced iPhone.
- To see more options, swipe up on the sidebar.
- Select Activate under Mark As Lost.
- Scroll down if necessary, then tap Continue.
- Tap Next after entering a phone number to be reached if your iPhone is found.
- Type a message to display from the Lock screen, then touch Activate.
- Track your phone’s location with iCloud or the Find My app if you’ve misplaced it.
- When your smartphone is found, use your passcode to unlock it.
- When prompted to sign back into your Apple ID on your recovered iPhone, tap Settings.
Is it possible to use Find My iPhone with third-party devices?
The Find My network only worked with Apple devices till recently. Apple now allows third-party apps and devices to use the Find My network. Users will utilize the Find My network to locate Find My network-enabled third-party devices, making this a helpful resource available to people who don’t own an Apple device. This capability should be available by the end of 2021, but it will be up to each firm to offer it. Thus it may not be available on every Bluetooth-capable device.