It's a gut churning moment when you reach for your iPhone or iPad only to discover that it's gone. Did you leave it at work, on the bus, or has someone deftly removed it from your pocket? Thankfully, Apple has a service called Find My iPhone that helps track your iPhone's location. But what if you didn't notice in time, and now the battery is dead? That's what Send Last Location is for. Here's how to track an iPhone and find a lost iPhone even if the battery has died.
Find My iPhone is free, easy to set up, and quite possibly the most valuable app on your iPhone. It also works on your iPad and Mac, so you can keep track of all your Apple devices. With Find My iPhone turned on, your iPhone connects to the internet and broadcasts its location. You can use another iOS device or iCloud.com to find it.
And if you hadn't noticed that your phone was missing and you suspect that the battery has now died or someone may have turned it off, there may still be a way to find it thanks to a feature called Send Last Location.
Find a lost iPhone using Find My iPhone
Like many of the advanced features in iOS 9, Find My iPhone uses iCloud to store and sync data, so you'll need an iCloud account to use the service. The chances are you already have one, as Apple prompts you to create one when you first set up your iPhone or iPad. To check, go to Settings > iCloud and you should see your account name listed. If not, just follow the instructions on screen to set up an account. You just need to remember that Find My iPhone uses your Apple ID email address to associate devices with your account, so you'll need to use the same one on all of them.
Turning on Find My iPhone itself is then very simple. In Settings choose iCloud and then scroll down to Find My iPhone. Tap it and then tap the switch so that it's green - that means Find My iPhone is active.
Underneath Find My iPhone you'll also see another option entitled Send Last Location. This means that your iPhone will send location data to Apple just before it runs out of battery, as we explain in more detail later in this article. Slide the switch across to enable this feature.
One last thing to check is that Location Services have been enabled, as this allows your devices to be tracked by the Find My iPhone app. Go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services to make sure. You can turn off Location Services for individual apps if you'd prefer to keep your location private from certain applications.
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