OPTICXCESS — Track Lost iPhone that is Offline or Dead
When our iPhone is lost the first step we have to do is try to track its location using iCloud. If the iPhone is still online, we will immediately see its location in real-time.
But what if the iPhone is offline or even dead? Can we still trace it?
The answer is YESS we can, but we can’t do real-time tracking. We can use the history of the location or the last location as a clue where to look for it.
Why can’t an offline iPhone be tracked in real-time?
When it’s turned off, any brand cellphone including the iPhone cannot transmit the signal. The status is the same as other inanimate objects such as stone or wood. So tracking a lost cellphone in a dead state certainly can’t be done in real-time.
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The story is different if the iPhone has been planted with a GPS tracker which has an independent power source, so that even though the iPhone is turned off, the GPS tracker still transmits a signal so that its location can be tracked in real-time.
Likewise, when the iPhone is disconnected from the internet (offline), all tracking features using both iCloud and Google will not be possible because such a GPS tracking system requires an internet connection.
So is the lost iPhone turned off or offline untraceable at all?
We can still track the history of the location and the last location before it dies or is disconnected from the internet.
So How? Check out the explanation below.
How to track an offline or dead iPhone
There are at least two ways to track an iPhone when it is off or offline that I know, first using iCloud and the second using Google Maps.
The first way is to use Find My iPhone which is one of the features of iColud. This feature allows us to track a lost iPhone either in realtime or offline or offline.
To make sure the iPhone can be tracked even though it is offline or dead, we need to turn on this feature along with the Send last location feature. When Send last location is activated, the iPhone will send its last location when the battery starts to run low, so we can know the location where the iPhone died.
How to activate it:
- Open Settings
- Tap the name
- Select iCloud
- Select Find My iPhone
- Check Find My iPhone
- Check Send Las Location
After the Find My iPhone and Send last location features are turned on, we can track the location when it is lost even if it is off or offline. We can use other apple devices such as an iPhone or iPad and can also use a laptop (browser).
How to track iPhone offline with an apple device:
- Open Find My iPhone
- Sign out of the account of the owner of the apple device that we borrow
- Login with our Apple ID account (the one connected to the lost iPhone)
- After logging in, you will see a list of the devices we have
- Select the lost iPhone
- The location of the iPhone will appear on maps
Using a laptop (browser)
- Open a browser, go to the page: https://www.icloud.com/
- Login with Apple ID account
- Select Find My iPhone
- Select the name of the lost iPhone
- View the location on maps
Using Google Maps
The second way to track a dead or offline iPhone is to use Google Maps. We can use this method if we don’t activate the Find My iPhone and Send last location features on the lost iPhone.
But in order to use Google Maps, we must have turned on the Location history feature on the lost iPhone because we will use Location history.
How to turn on Location history on iPhone:
- Open the Google Maps app
- Select Menu
- Select Settings
- Select Location history
- Tap on Enable the device
Location history is one of the features of Google Maps that will record where our device moves from time to time. When the iPhone dies because the battery is dropped or turned off by the person who found it, we can still see where the last location was.
This can be useful for tracking a dead or offline iPhone, so we can get a clue where the last location was before it died as well as see where it moved after it was lost from our hands.
How to view iPhone Location history on Google Maps:
- Open a browser and go to the page: https://www.google.com/maps
- Log in with the Gmail account connected to the lost iPhone
- Click Menu
- Select Your timeline
- Your iPhone’s location history will be visible on Maps
There you will see where our iPhone has moved, see the information about the time, the last time that is visible on the map is the last position before it died. From this location history maybe we can get clues where to look for it.
Tips to do when you lose your iPhone
There are several steps we can take to secure the lost data and information on the iPhone so that it is not misused by irresponsible people.
Activate lost mode
When activating Lost Mode, the iPhone will automatically be locked remotely with a password, and the owner’s phone number will appear on the screen so that the finder knows who to call.
If the iPhone is connected to a debit, credit, or Apple Pay card, the account will be suspended and unable to make transactions.
Delete data in memory
We can also delete data on the iPhone’s memory to prevent irresponsible people from accessing our data.
After deleting data, all information including debit card accounts, credit cards, and Apple Pay will also be deleted. We also can no longer track it using Find My iPhone and the iPhone lock will be turned off.
Perform this step in an emergency if the data on the lost iPhone is really important and needs to be secured.
Report to the authorities
If you believe the iPhone has been stolen, then don’t look for it alone. But you better report it to the police. Also report to the provider so that the number on the iPhone is blocked and is not used for harmful things.
That’s how to track a lost iPhone that is offline or dead and some tips we can provide. I hope this helps!