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Use the following methods if you"re looking to learn how to find a lost iPhone that is turned off or otherwise not currently trackable. It"s important to note that if you suspect your iPhone has been stolen, you should contact local authorities. Please do not attempt to recover the stolen phone yourself, but instead follow our guide for what to do if your iPhone is permanently lost or stolen, as these steps will be different from those needed to find a lost phone with the Find My last known location feature.
How to Find Your iPhone When It’s Dead Using an iPad
In this section we"ll show you how to find a lost iPhone that is dead using the Find My app on an iPad. If your iPhone is dead, you"ll be directed to the last place your iPhone was located before the battery died. If your lost iPhone is offline but not dead, then the Find My app will find the lost iPhone"s current location using nearby Apple devices. To find your lost iPhone on an iPad or a friend’s iPhone (even if it’s dead):
Open the Find My app on the device you"re using.
How to Find My iPhone from Another iPhone
How do I track my iPhone if it"s offline or dead and I don"t have an iPad to use? In this case, your friends and family can help you find your lost iPhone by allowing you to log into your device on their iPhone. When using a different iPhone tied to someone else"s Apple ID, don"t sign out from their ID in Settings; use the Me tab in the Find My app to log in remotely. Here"s how to use someone else"s Apple Device to find your lost iPhone.Open the Find My app on your friend"s iPhone.
How to Find Lost iPhone: Use iCloud.com/FindMost people looking for how to find an iPhone that is dead or otherwise offline will use a computer. While the app has been renamed on the iPad and iPhone, it"s still called Find My iPhone when you log on to iCloud.com using your PC or Mac. The actual app on a Mac is called Find My, and you can use it to find a lost iPhone—dead battery or otherwise—just as you would the app on your iPhone or iPad. If you need to track your iPhone using iCloud.com"s Find My iPhone app from a laptop or desktop web browser, here’s how:
If using iCloud.com to find a lost iPhone, sign in using your Apple ID and password.
What to Do If You Can’t Find Your Phone & It"s Dead
If you have tried these steps and you still can"t find the lost iPhone, You may want to activate iPhone Lost Mode. We"ll show you how, but first, what does Lost Mode do?
When you use Find My to locate your lost iPhone, you’ll see an option called Mark as Lost. When enabled, Mark As Lost (Lost Mode) will remotely lock your device and display a custom message with a phone number where you can be reached in case someone finds your lost iPhone. Apple Pay will be disabled, as well as most notifications. This mode also turns on Location Services remotely so that you can locate your device in the Find My app if you"ve as yet been unsuccessful.
Mark As Lost requires that your iPhone still have battery charge left. If your lost iPhone is dead, you can still enable Mark As Lost, but the mode will only engage when your iPhone powers back up and connects to Wi-Fi, cellular data, or Bluetooth. If you suspect your iPhone still has battery power, I would recommend using Mark As Lost. You can do this via iCloud.com or on another device, as demonstrated in the steps below.Open the Find My app on an available device that"s signed into your Apple ID.
Find My Offline Device with Google MapsUnfortunately, if you don’t have Find My iPhone enabled, you’ll need to resort to retracing your steps to find an iPhone last known location, unless you’ve enabled location history for Google Maps. Location history with Google maps will be able to tell you the last location of your lost iPhone. If you aren"t sure whether or not you"ve enabled location history, visit the link below. If you haven"t, it will give you an option to enable it, which is a good idea in case you lose the phone in the future.
Make sure you’re logged into your Google account.Select the date your iPhone went missing.Check your last location and go get that phone!
Does Find My iPhone Work with 3rd-Party Devices?
Up until now, the Find My network only worked with Apple devices. Now, however, Apple is opening up the Find My network to third-party apps and devices. Users will be able to use the Find My network to locate Find My network-enabled third-party devices, offering this helpful resource to more than just Apple device users. This is expected to be available by the end of 2021, but it will be up to each company to offer this feature, so it may not be available on every Bluetooth-capable device.
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