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Lost your iPhone? Do you wonder how to find your lost iPhone i.e., turned off, dead, stolen, or otherwise?

Some people argue that iPhones are overpriced but loyal Apple customers have never had a problem. Anyway, the reality is losing or misplacing an iPhone can be very devastating because they are expensive. Here, we help you “how to find a lost or stolen iPhone even if it is off or misplaced” by using Find My iPhone with iOS 15. Here are some tips for finding your lost iPhone which is just dead, turned off, stolen, or otherwise.

Can you track a dead iPhone?

“I lost my iPhone and it is off. Can I find it?” While finding my iPhone which is off, I use the Find My iPhone feature. The feature helps to find the last location of an offline or dead iPhone from before the phone died which leads to recovery of the device. To track a phone this feature required the iPhone to be on, but with the iOS 15 updates, it now becomes possible to track your lost or stolen iPhone even if they are not in use. Apple has improved the usability of the “Find My” app feature with the release of iOS 15. These updates help to track the phones even when it’s entirely offline. Here we’ll show some top ways to check the last location of your lost iPhone.

The iPhones 11, and all the later models have the Find My App feature which can track offline phones. (iPhone 11/ 11 Pro/ 11 Pro Max, iPhone 12/ 12 Mini/ 12 Pro/ 12 Pro Max, and iPhone 13/ 13 Mini/ 13 Pro/ Pro Max have this feature.)

To track a phone this feature required the iPhone to be on, but with the iOS 15 updates, it is now become possible to track your lost or stolen iPhone even they are not in use.

Does Find My iPhone work when a phone is dead?

Yes, if you’ve set up the Find My iPhone as the last known location feature then you can find your iPhone. If you don’t have this feature turned on, it will be much harder to find an iPhone that is dead. The catch is that you need to have turned this feature on before your iPhone was lost.

Mysticrubs show you how to find a lost iPhone without Find My iPhone!

How to find a dead iPhone without Find My iPhone

You can use Find My iPhone to locate your iOS device if it has been lost or stolen. The free service provided by Apple uses the iPhone’s built-in GPS so that you can track the location of your phone. Even better, it lets you do things like locking the phone over the internet so the person who has it can’t use it or remotely deletes all the data on the phone. 

If your iPhone has been stolen and you didn’t install the Find My iPhone app on it, don’t panic. You don’t actually need the Find My iPhone app at all.

The Find My iPhone service is based in the cloud. That means the service lives on the Internet, not on your phone or in the app, and can be used over the Internet. This is an important point. The app is not what makes Find My iPhone work.

In fact, because it’s a cloud-based service, you don’t need an app at all. You can use Find My iPhone in virtually any modern web browser. Just go to and log in using the Apple ID you used to set up your iPhone (which is probably the same as you use for iCloud. If not, use the Apple ID you use with iCloud). Once you’re logged in, click the Find My iPhone icon and you’ll be using the tool.

  1. Head over to
  2. Make sure you’re logged into your Google account.
  3. Select the date your iPhone went missing.
  4. Check your last location and go get that phone!

How to find a lost iPhone that is turned off?

Activate the Find My app

This is the free app provided by Apple that is very easy to set up. This app is also working for iPad, Apple Watch and Mac, and all your Apple devices.

  1. To find your device, sign in to Or use the Find My app on another Apple device that you own. If your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch doesn’t appear in the list of devices, Find My was not turned on. But you can still protect your account if Find My was not turned on.
  • First, go to Settings, click your name, and then “Find My”
  • Click on “Find My iPhone”
  • Toggle (Switch) your “Find My iPhone” on. You can also activate your “Find My Network” and “Send Last Location” if you have upgraded your iPhone to iOS 15. This will send the last location to your Apple account when a battery is about to die.
how to find lost iPhone even its off

If this is done, after that, whenever you can’t find your iPhone or lost it then you can locate it either by using the Find My app on any other Apple device or any browser by going through signing using your apple id.

  1. When you mark your device as lost, you remotely lock it with a passcode, keeping your information secure. This also disables Apple Pay on the missing device. And you can display a custom message with your contact information on the missing device. 

Mark your device as lost.

  1. After you erase a device, you can’t track its location, so make sure that you no longer need to search for the device. If you have AppleCare+ with Theft and Loss, do not erase your iPhone until your claim has been approved.

Erase your device.

  1. Report your missing device to local law enforcement

Law enforcement might request the serial number of your device. 

Find the serial number.

Finding lost iphone
First, go to Settings, click your name, and then “Find My”
find my network
Find my network

If you use the Find My app, then you will get the same features except for a pleasing form along with map directions on how to get to your lost iPhone. Plus, if you’ve updated iOS 15 on your iPhone, you can able to locate it even if it’s off. If your phone has been stolen and turned off, it will show on the map as the black screen of your iPhone, and on the left sidebar, it tells you when to Find My iPhone’s last known location had been saved. And if your lost iPhone is turned on, it will appear as an active home screen phone. Tap Direction to get the iPhone’s location and if you’re close then you can tap Play Sound.

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Finally, if you find your phone then toggle the Notify When Found on to update the location and send notifications the next time your iPhone is lost or turned off.

Notify when found

You can also track your lost iPhone through Find My iPhone from another iPhone. Open the Find My app on your friend’s iPhone and select the Me tab. Then scroll down and click on Help a Friend. You can log in using your apple id and password, and then tap on the list of the devices that appear at the bottom of the screen where your lost iPhone is located. The same features were available on the screen below.

how to find lost iPhone even its off

Take advantage of Family Sharing

Apple’s Family Sharing service not only saves you money by letting your entire family install a paid app on multiple devices, but it also integrates with Find My App. With the Family Sharing setup, you can view the location of all the devices linked to a family member’s Apple ID. Meaning, you can ask a family member to immediately begin looking for your lost iPhone once you realize it’s missing. 

If you use a web browser, then you will see a green dot that tracks your lost iPhone. Select the green dot, where you’re given a choice Play Sound of your phone, erase this device, Directions or activate Mark as Lost. Play sound help to locate your phone if iPhone is offline but not dead when you get close to it and directions help to get walking or driving directions to your phone. In lost mode, you can enter your contact number and type a message (please return this phone!). After that, your phone will be locked unless you enter the phone code.

What does live mean on Find My Friends?

Find My is one of the fundamental features of the Apple ecosystem. With iOS 15, Apple is making the Find My network bigger, better, and more dynamic than ever before. For the first time ever, iOS users are allowed to check out the Live Locations of their friends, and it has the potential to be a game-changer. 

With Find My App, you can access the current location of your friends and family, granted you have permission to track them. With Live Location, you are no longer at the mercy of Apple servers to periodically refresh and fetch you the current location of your friends. Live on iOS 15 lets you check out the location of your friends in real time, giving you access to every little stop they make, detours they take, and more. 

Find my friends

Apple believes Live Location in Find My Friends makes iPhones a lot more secure, and for the most part, we agree with their sentiment. Just open the Find My app and go to the ‘People’ tab to see what your friends are up to. You must share your location as well to see the whereabouts of your friends. 

Still, Can’t find your phone? Turn on Lost Mode

If you play a sound on your iPhone and still can’t find it, turn on Lost Mode. If you already have a passcode to lock your device (you do, right?), that will be required to unlock your device and turn off Lost Mode. If you don’t have one set, you’ll have to create one. You’ll also be asked to enter a phone number and a message that will be displayed on the lock screen asking whoever has your device to get it back to you. 

When enabled, Lost Mode will lock the device, prevent notifications and messages from showing up on your lock screen, and continue tracking the phone’s location. The phone will still ring for incoming phone and FaceTime calls. This should help you track down the phone if it’s nearby. Or maybe you’ll be lucky and the person who has the phone will answer it to help get it back to you. 

Any credit and debit cards added to Apple Pay, along with student IDs and transit cards stored in the Wallet app, will be disabled until you regain access to the phone and log in to your iCloud account. 

If the phone is turned off and Lost Mode is enabled, you’ll receive an alert when the phone is turned back on, including its current location. 

When you recover your phone, you’ll need to enter your passcode or the passcode you created when enabling Lost Mode. Then sign in to your iCloud account to regain access to all of your Apple services like Apple Pay. 


Find My iPhone, when enabled, is toggled on in your iPhone’s settings and can be toggled off just as easily. You will need access to the account your device is tied to disable Find My iPhone when it’s enabled.

Yes, the Find My iPhone app can be used on other phones as well as in an internet browser. This is distinct from the service you enable on your actual phone to be able to track it using the app.

No, you need to have the service Find My iPhone enabled on your actual phone before you can track it elsewhere on other phones or computers

To find your device, sign in to Or use the Find My app on another Apple device that you own. If your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch doesn’t appear in the list of devices, Find My was not turned on. But you can still protect your account if Find My was not turned on.

Yes, you can add a friend’s device to Find My iPhone. Friends who lose a device can go to and sign in with their Apple ID.

iPhones are very useful devices that allow us to communicate with others, keep in touch with friends and family, and access information on the internet. But sometimes we lose our phones, and we need to find them again. Here are some tips for tracking down your phone. If you’ve lost your phone, there are several ways to locate it. You can use a cell tower triangulation method, which involves finding out where the nearest cell towers are located. Then, you can determine which direction those towers face. This will help you figure out where your phone might be.

  • Look For The Phone In Its Case: Another option is to search for the phone using its IMEI number. This is a unique identifier assigned to every mobile device. It’s usually printed on the back of the device. If you’re not sure what the IMEI number is, you can find it by going to

Settings > General > About > More Info

  • Try Finding The Phone By Looking At Photos Taken Recently: Another method is to use the Find My iPhone app. You can also try looking at photos taken recently. These photos will show up as thumbnails when you open the photo album.
  • Search For The Device Using An App That Can Scan Wi-Fi Networks: If you lose your iPhone, there are several apps that can help you find it. One of these apps is called “Find My iPhone”. This app allows you to locate your iPhone using its unique identifier (IMSI) number. It works by scanning nearby wireless networks for the device.
  • Check The Battery Life: You can also use the Find My iPhone app to locate your lost or stolen iPhone. Once installed, the app will allow you to remotely lock your phone, erase data, and even remotely wipe the device.
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