How to know the last location of your iPhone, even if it runs out of battery

Search my Iphone

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.

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:

Activate sending last iPhone location

  • 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

Find my iPhone from an iPhone

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.

Find my iPhone iOS 13

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.


Find my iPhone from

If we do not have another Apple device on hand, be it an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, Apple makes the 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?

View last iPhone off location

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

Find offline

Activating "Find offline" is only available on devices managed by iOS 13 or higher

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

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.

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  1.   Victor Visier said

    Good morning, thank you for all your posts, they are very interesting, but in this last one, I, who have an iPhone 4, cannot enter Find my iPhone and select 'Send last location'. Can I do it another way or is this only for devices with iOs higher than 7.1.2?

  2.   Nacho said

    Hi Victor, can't you go find my iPhone? Do you have iCloud activated?


  3.   Marga Carrasco Esparza said

    The same thing happens to me as to Victor. And if a device is off, you can't find it either, right?

    1.    Nacho said

      No, if it is off we will only be able to know the last location but if it changes, we will not be able to know the new position until it is turned on again and connected to the network, either 3G / 4G or WiFi.

  4.   Renato Fernandez S. said

    It seems to me that by default it will always show the last location as long as it has been connected to a wi-fi network

    1.    Fabiana Lemos said

      Hello good night, I hope you can answer me, today I was a victim of the underworld in Venezuela, and my cell phone was stolen, I am trying to get my cell phone through Find my iPhone, but it throws me the message «no connection», and I don't see what the Last available location, will you know what it could be? Thank you very much in advance

  5.   Javier Martinez said

    This feature is available only as of iOS 8

  6.   David said

    Thanks to this function I was able to recover my cell phone two hours after losing it 🙂

  7.   marcel said

    consumes more battery?

  8.   David said

    Regarding the battery, in my case I always have the location activated, the advantage and it is not a presumption that I have an iPhone 6 plus and the battery lasts a long time with intensive use I get home after working with 40% not when I had a 5s at noon I had to charge it again

  9.   "Joe" said

    I lost my iPhone 4, and they connected it to the internet and turned it off, they told me that they had turned it on but I couldn't know the location, is there any way to know ????

  10.   faby said

    If the application is not downloaded, it does not work?

  11.   erodriguezes said

    How about, I lost an iPhone 4s, it has my iCloud account, but it had no blocking or anything, I mean it can be used, what I want to know, is that if the person who found it, deactivates the location, I will no longer be able to know where it is the team? because it appears to me without connection

  12.   Julio said

    I lost my iphone 4s and had the send my last location activated, I just don't know how that works. Is there a way to know it or if it is off, you can't tell? please help!!!!!!

  13.   mariuxy said

    Good friend, I lost my iPhone and it sent me the location when they turned on the phone but I only reflected it for 24 hours and when I saw the mail, 24 hours had already passed, is there a way to see that location again?

  14.   frobel said

    I lost my iphone 6 and it has the application activated to search for my iphone but it does not show me the last location it only tells me that it is disconnected from the network

  15.   jose said

    I have lost my iPhone 6s in a temporary transfer from my homes, I use it little and when I have gone to pick it up (25 or 30 days later) I do not donate this. With the ipad and looking for my iPhone, it tells me that it is offline What can I do to recover it, since I have turned the two houses upside down and it does not appear, it must have run out of battery.

  16.   Victor Garcia said

    How can I find my iPhone if iCloud is not activated, please tell me

    1.    Luis Padilla said

      You can't, sorry

  17.   Oscar said

    I lost my iPhone several days ago today, the battery no longer has a charge, if I remember my iCloud account and I would like to know the last location of it, but the detail is that I do not remember if I had the option to send activated last location ... it will be possible to know it.

  18.   Julian Parra said

    My iPhone was stolen, but when I want to delete it, it asks me for an authentication code that, according to the message, it tells me to choose it on the screen of my iPhone or on trusted devices, how do I get this code? the one with double factor authentication

  19.   Julian said

    Hello, yesterday I lost my iPhone cell phone and I enter the application «find my iphone» and it appears without connection and I call and it turns off. What I can do?

  20.   Ana Sierra said


    They stole my iphone 6s, after 4 days they turned it on at night, in the morning I entered the notification that I got to icloud, but the device no longer appears. Have they deleted it? Will there be any possibility of finding the last location, for which the message appeared?

    Thank you

  21.   johanna osorio said

    hello i lost iphone 6 i dont remember the icloud password