Apple’s Find My app has been a very useful (and reassuring) feature, allowing you to locate a lost (or stolen) phone so you can get it back (or contact authorities, if it’s safer). With the expansion of Find My to a variety of other objects, especially through Apple AirTags, it has become even more useful. And now that iOS 15 brings with it the ability to locate your phone even if the battery has been drained or turned off, the utility of Find My has become even greater.
(Note: You can also use the Find My app to help you with your own safety, to share your location with people and send regular notifications of when you are leaving and arriving. You can find instructions for setting it up in our article “How to use iPhone location tracking. ”)
If you’re new to the iPhone or have never set up the Find My app yet, here’s how you can get started:
- Go to your settings, tap your name and then “Find me.”
- Tap “Find my iPhone.”
- Activate “Find My iPhone”. If you have upgraded to iOS 15, you can also turn on “Find my network” which will allow you to find your phone even if you are offline. “Send last location” will send your iPhone’s location to your Apple account when the battery is about to run out.
And that is! After that, if you can’t find your iPhone, you can track it using the Find My app on a Mac (or another iPhone, if you have one) or in any browser by going to iCloud.com/find and logging in with your Apple ID.
If you are using the web version, you will see a green dot that locates your iPhone. Select the dot and then the “i” in a circle (for information), and you will have the option to make your phone play a sound, erase it, or put it in “Lost Mode”. In “Lost Mode”, you can enter a phone number where you can be reached and a message (“Please return this phone as soon as possible!”). After that, the phone will be locked until you re-enter your passcode.
If you’re using the Find My app, you’ll get basically the same features (except in a more aesthetically pleasing way), along with map directions on how to get to your phone.
And yes, if you are using iOS 15 on your iPhone, you will be able to locate it even if it has run out of battery or has shut down.