Itâs hard to find a lost iPhone with a dead battery, but the new iOS 8 update includes an option to make the iPhone send its last location before the battery dies. This allows you to know where it was when the battery died and track it down. This is especially handy after the battery dies because you cannot use the ring feature to make the iPhone play sound.
The only downside to this option is youâll need to turn it on before you are looking for your lostÂ iPhone with a dead battery. If the iPhone is already missing you can still follow the tracking directions, but the location may be off slightly. This also works if you are trying to find a stolen iPhone with a dead battery, but the chances are higher that someone already moved it from that location.
You need iOS 8 installed for this option to be present. iOS 8 is a free update that runs on the iPhone 4S and newer. You can also use this guide on the iPad 2 and newerÂ or iPad mini and newer. If you do not see the options on your iPhone or iPad you will need to follow these instructions to update to iOS 8 before you continue.
How to Find a Lost iPhone with a Dead Battery
Before you lose the iPhone you need to turn on a new Find My iPhone feature. When you set up the iPhone 6 or any new iPhone on iOS 8 Find My iPhone is on by default, but this handy feature is not. This is a good time to make sure Find My iPhone is on and that you can track the location of your iPhone.
Go to Settings -> iCloud -> Find My iPhone. Make sure the main option is turned on. This is what allows you to use another iPhone or device to track down a lost or stolen iPhone.
Tap on Find My iPhone and then on theÂ next screen toggle Send Last Location to On. This will force the iPhone to sendÂ itâs location to Apple right before theÂ battery dies. It needs a connection, so if it is in airplane mode this is not going to help, but in most cases a lost iPhone with a dead battery isnât going to be in airplane mode. A stolen iPhone may already be in airplane mode ot prevent you from tracking it.
Once you have this set up youâll be able to find your lost iPhone even if the battery is dead. Even though you canât sound an alert you can find the general location. This is enough to focus your search on a coffee shop you were at, a friendâs house or wherever the last location showed it.
Track a LostÂ iPhone with a Dead Battery
Now weâll show you how to track a lostÂ iPhone location using another iPhone, iPad or computer. If you are using another AppleÂ device like an iPhone or iPad you can download the Find My iPhone app  free on the App Store.
You need to log in with your Apple ID and password. You can do this on a friendâs iPhone or iPad, but make sure you log out when you are done.
When logged in the app will show the location ofÂ all your Apple devices with Find My iPhone installed. Tap on the iPhone with a dead battery to see the last location. You can then tap on the car to get directions to that location, or if you are already nearby you can start your search.
The normal options of sound an alert, put in lost mode or erase wonât work when you are looking for a lost iPhone with a dead battery, but you can always put the lost mode on if you canât find the iPhone. If you do this and someone charges it they will see your information and can call you. If you tell it to erase it will do this the next time it connects, butÂ then you can no longer track it.
Another option is using a computer to track the iPhone down. You still need your Apple ID and password to do this, but you donât need a Mac. You can visit iCloud on a Mac or PC, or even an Android phone, to see the same information. Youâll be able to see Â the last location of the lost iPhone before the battery died.
Unfortunately you need to turn on these features before you lose an iPhone. Even if you are looking for a lost iPhone with a dead battery and you didnât turn on the Send Last Location feature you may still get a good idea of where the lost iPhone is.