The possibility of locate our mobile Using the Find my iPhone function can get us out of more than one trouble. In case of theft, loss or to know the position of another device, having access to its position will help us to recover it and know its approximate location.
To know the exact location of the iOS device, it is necessary that it has a battery to be able to send the position in real time. Obviously, if you are running out of battery, using the Find My iPhone function will only aggravate the situation even more, therefore, iOS offers the possibility to send the last location of the device so that it is always accessible, even with the terminal already off.
Table of Contents
- 1 Turn on sending the last iPhone location
- 2 How to see the last position of the iPhone
- 3 Limitations of this feature
- 4 Can you see the last location of a powered off iPhone?
- 5 Can I locate my iPhone even when it is turned off? With iOS 13 if possible
Turn on sending the last iPhone location
Natively, every time we buy a new iPhone or restore our device to install a new version of iOS, our device turn on Find My iPhone, a function that we can deactivate at any time according to our needs.
However, the function that allows us to know the location of our iPhone when it is running out of battery not activated by default despite being located in the same section as the one that allows us to locate it at any time.
If we want our iPhone to Submit your location before your battery runs out We must follow the following steps:
- First, we go to the iOS configuration options through Settings.
- Within Settings, click on our iCloud account, appears at the top of the menu.
- Then we look for the option Search my Iphone and we activated the switch Send last location.
How to see the last position of the iPhone
In order to access both the current location of our device and the last one registered before running out of battery, if we have activated this function, explained in the previous section, we have at our disposal two options.
With the Apple Search app
The Search application available in the App Store allows us, once we have entered the data of our iCloud account know the location of our device at that moment where it is on or know the last location if the battery has run out.
If the device does not have the Find my iPhone function activated, only the name of the device will be displayed together with the text Without connection. If it is without battery, it will show us the text Last location next to the device name.
If your device is managed by iOS 13, no need to download the Find My iPhone applicationSince Apple has included it natively on all devices that are compatible with the thirteenth version of iOS. Instead of being called Find My iPhone it's called Search.
If we do not have another Apple device on hand, be it an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, Apple makes the iCloud.com website available to us. Through this website, we can access the location of all our devices making use of the Find function.
This function will show us all devices associated with our account along with your current or last recorded location before running out of battery or being turned off by a found / stolen device.
Limitations of this feature
In order to enjoy this fantastic iOS function that allows us to know the location of our device if we have lost track of it, there is only one requirement: have Find My iPhone enabled on the device.
If we have not activated this function, impossible to track of the location of our terminal, since it cannot be activated remotely, a limitation that should be available to give a hand to the most clueless users.
Can you see the last location of a powered off iPhone?
If our iPhone has run out of battery or has been turned off manually, Apple's location service considers it the same way, so if possible know the location of the terminal before it has been switched off. But of course, it all depends on where we have lost track of him.
If we have left it forgotten in a restaurant or a store, it is more than likely that the managers have turned it off waiting for the rightful owner to return, since being blocked no one but us can access it.
Can I locate my iPhone even when it is turned off? With iOS 13 if possible
First of all, we must take into account the version of the operating system that our device is managing to know if we can make use of this option. iOS 13 is not compatible with iPhone 5s or iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, so if you have one of these devices, you will not be able to use it.
With the release of iOS 13, Apple has introduced a new feature called "Find My Offline", which It will allow us to locate at all times what is the location of our device even if it is without an internet connection or turned off completely, since it does not depend on the GPS signal or triangulation with Wi-Fi networks or mobile networks, but is based on an option of the Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) protocol.
In order to make use of this technology, which since it was available in small accessories called Tiles that have been on the market for more than 5 years, it is necessary to have at least two devices with iOS 13, or an iPhone or iPad with iOS 13 and a Mac managed by macOS Catalina, we will not be able to locate our device if we only have an Apple device.
How "Find Offline" works
When we configure both devices, generate private keys that are shared between both devices through encrypted communication. Next, a public key is created, also called a beacon, which is the identification of your devices, a beacon that is transmitted via bluetooth to other iPhone, iPad or Mac devices in our environment.
If we have the misfortune of losing or having our iPhone stolen, all the iPhones that are passed near your device they will receive the signal and offer us the location of the device. During all this process, Apple has not had access at any time to the location of the device, in addition, the user who has helped to locate it will not know either.
Throughout this process of configuration and operation, the user does not have to do anything at all. If we lose our device and we want to know its location, we just have to follow the steps mentioned above.