Losing your iPhone can be a disaster. Fortunately, Apple has a service called Find My iPhone that helps you find it. 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 find your iPhone after the battery has died, with Send Last Location
I’ve lost my iPhone, and by now the battery must be dead. Is there any way to find its location?
Losing an iPhone can be traumatic, but it’s a fairly common occurence. Apple softens the blow with a feature called Find My iPhone: with Find My iPhone turned on, your phone connects to the internet and broadcasts its location. You use another iOS device, like an iPad, or the iCloud.com website to find it.
Find My iPhone is great, and you can send a message to display on the iPhone’s screen or even lock the device remotely. We’ve used it in the past to locate iPhones that have been dropped or left at events.
But in this tutorial we’ll be focusing on the cases where finding your iPhone isn’t quite so simple.
What happens if your iPhone has run out of battery? Because it’s no longer connected to the internet, Find My iPhone stops working. So if you lose your iPhone, you have to use Find My iPhone before the battery runs out.
This can turn using Find My iPhone into a bit of a time challenge. Can you get to another iOS device or internet connection and log on before the battery runs out? If not, you may never know where it is.
Fortunately, there’s a lesser-known feature called Send Last Location that really helps in this situation.
Send Last Location is a feature located inside the Find My iPhone settings. Just before the battery runs out it sends the location of the iPhone to the iCloud server. The iPhone doesn’t know if you’ve lost the device or not, so it does this every time the battery is about to run out.
This feature can really help recover a lost iPhone. You will no longer be able to send messages, or lock the iPhone (unless somebody plugs it in), but you will at least know where it is.
Follow these steps to activate Send Last Location on your iPhone:
We think Send Last Location is a tremendously useful feature, but it’s not activated by default (Apple can’t or won’t collect location data without users’ permission) – so this is one measure you need to set up before disaster strikes.
But it’s a truly useful feature. Make sure you set it to On, and next time you lose your iPhone you won’t have a race against time to find it.