When your iPhone can't be found, Find My iPhone is a true lifesaver. When you use the feature you can ping your iPhone and even see its current location on a real-time map. But what happens when your iPhone runs out of battery? Find my iPhone can't find a dead iPhone, can it? You may be surprised to know that it can, to some extent.
The way back in iOS 8 laid Apple into a feature to find my iPhone, which can save millions of iPhones from an incredible sofa death. The "Send last place" feature lives up to its name and automatically sends your iPhone's latest location to Apple right before the battery runs out. It can't save a stolen iPhone on the go, but it will speak for an iPhone that is quietly trapped under your car seat, hiding in your school cabinet or shot at the desk at work.
Enable "Send last place" is remarkably simple. First, make sure that you are updated to the latest iOS version. Then open your iPhone Settings app and then tap your name at the top. On the next page, press "iCloud" and then scroll down and select "Find my iPhone." If Find My iPhone is not already configured, make sure to do it now.
When Find My iPhone is enabled, check the slider next to "Send last place". If it is gray, press the gear to turn it green. You will not receive a warning and you do not have to do anything else ̵1; your iPhone is now equipped to record its latest known location before the battery issues and sends it to Apple's servers for storage.
However, it should be noted that Apple only stores this site for 24 hours after it was sent to its servers, so you need to act quickly. If you have lost your iPhone and see a message such as "Offline", "No Location Available" or "Location Services Off" for the device in Find My iPhone, it may have passed the 24 hour mark.
Finding my iPhone is more than just a way to find your missing iPhone. The tool can help secure your iPhone's valuable and sensitive data, even if you are unable to download the iOS device yourself. In fact, you can use it to disable Apple Pay, to ensure thieves lose access to an unprocessed payday.
This article has been produced under the Gadget Hack's special coverage for smartphone privacy and security. Check out the entire privacy and security series.