How to find your phone when it’s lost (even if the battery is dead)


I love my husband, but he misplaces everything from his keys to his wallet more often than you would think is even possible. 

It was more of a pain years ago. These days, I’ve slapped an Apple AirTag on anything I can that he owns. We even have one on our Golden Retriever’s collar, just in case. Tap or click for more ingenious ways to use AirTags and Tile trackers

Be careful, though. There are reports of criminals using AirTags to mark vehicles and steal them later. AirTags are so small that one can be easily slipped into a backpack or purse.  

Know the signs. Tap or click for steps to check if there’s a covert AirTag tracking you

When it comes to finding your phone, there are better ways than shouting for someone else in the house to call you, and that’s not always possible. Try these proven methods instead. 

Apple makes it easy 

If you have a newer iPhone, I have great news. A recent Find My app update lets you locate an iPhone even if it’s powered off or has a dead battery. 

Note: This works for the iPhone 11 and newer, including all iPhone 11, 12, and 13 models running iOS 15. 

First, make sure Find My is enabled and check your settings. Here’s how: 

  • On your iPhone, open Settings [your name] Find My. If you’re asked to sign in, enter your Apple ID.
  • Tap Find My iPhone, then slide the toggle next to Find My iPhone to the right to enable it. (This should be enabled by default.)
  • You can also turn on or off either of the following:
    Find My network: If your device is offline (not connected to Wi-Fi or cellular), Find My can locate it using the Find My network. On a supported iPhone with iOS 15 or later, turning on the Find My network allows you to locate the device for up to 24 hours after it’s turned off.
    Send Last Location: If your device’s battery charge level becomes critically low, its location is sent to Apple automatically.
  • Find My network: If your device is offline (not connected to Wi-Fi or cellular), Find My can locate it using the Find My network. On a supported iPhone with iOS 15 or later, turning on the Find My network allows you to locate the device for up to 24 hours after it’s turned off.
  • Send Last Location: If your device’s battery charge level becomes critically low, its location is sent to Apple automatically.
FILE - A person uses an iPhone.

FILE – A person uses an iPhone.
(AP Photo/Jenny Kane, File)

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How to use Find My 

Now that Find My is set up, you have a few options to use it should your phone go missing. 

Have an Apple Watch? You have a simple method. Swipe up on the screen. Once your watch is open, tap on the phone icon with sound waves. This tap will force your iPhone to emit a noise even if it’s on silent.  

If you have an iPad or MacBook, use the Find My app. You can use it to track your phone and emit sound, just like with an Apple Watch. See full steps to track from a Mac here. Here’s how to track your phone from an iPad.  

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