Now you can quickly find your iPhone even while it’s turned off, thanks to the improvements made by Apple. Ever since Apple has combined its Find My iPhone and Find My Friends services into a single app in 2019, you can track down on your iPhone even when it’s powered off, a feature available with iOS 15 in September.
In this article, we will explain everything about using Apple’s Find My app. Before we start you will be required to set up a passcode, this will prevent anyone from stealing your phone and laying hands on all your important personal information. Once that’s done you will require to ascertain the Find My service, this will enable your chances to get back your lost device.
Set Up A Passcode
If you are one of those users who ignores using Face ID or Touch ID think twice, as it may prove to be vital in keeping your personal information secure. You have loads of information on your phone like banking apps, private conversations, the location of your home and office, contacts, emails, photos, and more. It would be unwise of you to leave unsecured and available for random strangers to lay their hands on.
To set up a passcode go to Settings > Face ID (or Touch ID) & Passcode and follow the prompts. Scan your finger or use the FaceID, these will in the following days become part of your daily routine. Enable Find My iPhone
Once you have set the passcode, ensure Find My feature is turned on. It is enabled by default unless you want to disable it, though is a good practice to double-check.
- Go to the Settings app and tap on your name at the top of the screen.
- Tap Find My > Find My iPhone. Make sure that the switch next to Find My iPhone is on
- Make sure the switches next to Find My network and Send Last Location is on.
Apple’s Find My network will obtain the location of a device marked as lost. You can mark your iPhone lost in the Find My app if you lose your phone. Apple’s Find My service on iPad, iPhone, or Mac will locate your iPhone, even if it’s not connected to the internet. You will not even notice how Apple is helping you find your lost device.
The feature has been around for quite a while, maybe you just get started with using it to find a lost Apple device.
Send Last Location will automatically send the phone’s last location as your battery gets low to Find My and help you recover it if it turns off. In the case of devices running on iOS 15, though you may still be able to track your phone even after it shuts down, this feature is only available on newer iPhone models.
Apple’s Family Sharing Service
You need to take advantage of Apple’s Family Sharing service, as it not only saves you money but also allows the entire family to install a paid app on multiple devices and also integrates with Find My.
The Family sharing service allows you to view the location of all the devices linked to a family member’s Apple ID. This means anyone in the family member can immediately start looking for your lost iPhone once you know it’s missing.
Follow Good Practices
It’s always nice to follow good practices as it may lead to keeping your phone secure, especially while traveling or in unfamiliar areas, be cautious and keep your eyes open.
Avoid keeping your phone in the open where someone can grab it and runoff. Last but not least do not panic if you lose your phone, take a deep breath and remember to use Find My iPhone.
How to Quickly Find Your iPhone using Find My app
The Find My App is connected to and managed by your Apple ID and is present on every single iOS device. You can use this service from the moment you realize you lost your phone. To do this you need to follow the steps mentioned below.
- Visit icloud.com/find on a computer
- Open Find My app on another Apple device you own or have a member of your Family Sharing group use the Find My app on one of their Apple devices.
- You can also use the Find My app on another Apple device by signing in with your Apple ID.
- When you access Find My via the website or on someone else’s device, it is critical you sign in to the same iCloud account linked to the lost iPhone.
- Once you sign in click the All Devices option at the top of the screen.
- Select your phone from the list. The map will refresh, taking you to the current location of your phone. In case the device is turned off, the last known location will be shown.
- Use the card in the top top-right corner of the screen to play a sound while viewing the device’s location. Also, turn on Lost Mode or remotely erase your phone.
You can also find the same options in the Find My app by scrolling down, with the addition of turning on notifications for whenever the device is found if it goes offline.
How to Turn on Lost Mode?
We have already explained how to enable the passcode on your iPhone, this will be required to unlock your device and turn off Lost Mode. If you still have not created it, now is the time to create one. It will prompt you to enter a phone number and a message that will be displayed on the lock screen asking whoever has your device to get it back to you.
Once you enable the Lost Mode, it will lock the device, prevent notifications and messages from showing up on your lock screen and continue tracking the phone’s location. The phone will continue to ring for incoming phone and FaceTime calls, this would help you track your phone if it’s nearby. If you are lucky enough the person in possession of your phone may answer your call to help get it back to you.
Until you regain access to your phone and log into your iCloud account, all credit and debit cards added to Apple Pay, along with student IDs and transit cards stored in the Wallet app, will be disabled.
You will receive an alert when your phone is turned back on, with its current location, if it is turned off and Lost Mode is enabled.
On recovering your phone you will need to enter your passcode or the passcode you created when enabling Lost Mode. Sign in to your iCloud account to regain access to all of your Apple services like Apple Pay.
How to Quickly Find Your iPhone even While It’s Turned Off?
The latest iOS 15 update for Apple devices brings a major improvement to Find My service as it enables you to locate your lost iPhone even when the device has been turned off or the battery has died. As long as Find My network is enabled on your iPhone this feature works automatically. This means irrespective of the phone being powered on, your iPhone’s location will remain visible on your other devices and your Family Sharing group. Though this feature is only available on iPhones in the iPhone 11, 12 or 13 series.
How to turn on the Find My network?
- Open Settings menu on your iPhone
- Tap the box with your name and photo.
- Press Find My and choose to Find My iPhone. Make sure the option for Find My network is toggled on.
Once you have activated the feature you will also receive an alert when powering down your iPhone that says, “iPhone Findable After Power Off.” Tap the notification to view the information box to get more details.
Things to Do When you Lose your Phone?
Never Confront a thief
Never confront the potential thief on your own in case you are able to track your phone to a house or apartment building. You take help from the cops to get your phone back, rather than getting into a confrontation and potentially getting into trouble. Let the local police handle it.
Contact your carrier
Once you realize you have the phone and cannot find it, contact your carrier and explain that your phone has been lost or stolen. This leads to the carrier flagging your device’s International Mobile Equipment Identity number. While in most cases, this prevents that number from working on the network, rendering the device useless to whoever has it.
We would advise not to have your service suspended; this will reduce the odds of tracking the phone unless it’s connected to a known Wi-Fi network or another member of the Find My network happens to be nearby. You should opt to suspend service only after you’re sure you can’t recover the phone.
File an insurance claim
You can start to file an insurance claim ASAP, if you have AppleCare Plus with Theft and Loss or you pay monthly for device insurance through your carrier. To get the replaceable device you will be required to fill out some paperwork and pay a deductible.
To claim insurance for a phone with AppleCare Plus with Theft and Loss covered, use this website. Once you file the claim it will erase your iPhone and prevent anyone else from being able to use it. Though in this case if you find your phone after filing a claim you will need to set up your iPhone as new.
To begin the claim process contact your carrier directly.
Once you recover your lost iPhone, it will need to spend some time checking a few settings and you are good to go.
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