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Enable 'Send Last Location' in iOS 8 to Help Find Your Dead iPhone

Posted by Jim Tanous on October 6, 2014
iPhone Tracking Car

One of the most important iCloud features is arguably Find My iPhone, a free service from Apple that lets users track the location of misplaced, lost, or stolen iPhones, iPads, and even Macs. However, a major limitation of Find My iPhone is that it requires the device you’re looking for to be powered on and connected to some means of Internet-enabled network, such as Wi-Fi or a mobile data network. This left users with lost iPhones out of luck once their device’s battery ran out.
Find My iPhone Offline
Apple looked to address this limitation with a new feature in iOS 8 called Send Last Location. With Send Last Location enabled, an iDevice will automatically ping Apple’s servers with its current location just before the battery dies, giving the device’s owner one last shot at recovery. Send Last Location isn’t enabled by default, though, so you’ll need to take a quick trip to your iPhone’s settings in order to have this extra layer of tracking work to your advantage.

Related: Mitigate the damage of a lost or stolen iPhone by setting up automatic iCloud backups in iOS 8.

To enable Send Last Location, make sure you’re running iOS 8 and head to Settings > iCloud > Find My iPhone. Instead of the usual on/off toggle, you’ll see the new option for Send Last Location listed at the bottom of the screen. Slide the toggle to on (green) to enable it.
Find My iPhone Send Last Location
Now when your iPhone is about to run out of battery, it will send one last location update to iCloud as long as it also has an active Internet connection. This won’t necessarily help you recover your device if it’s in the trunk of a thief’s moving car, but it can be very useful if the iPhone is merely lost in a local restaurant, at a friend’s house, or even misplaced somewhere in your own home.

7 thoughts on “Enable 'Send Last Location' in iOS 8 to Help Find Your Dead iPhone”

Billy kop says:
But where do I go to find my iphone or iPads last known location
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Billy kop says:
But where do I go to find my iphones last known location
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tungalag says:
my phone has been lost, can I still turn it on through my Mac
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Sebastian Fpp Ramirez-Ekner says:
I need to set up the “Send Last Location” from the computer. My phone has already been lost. Can I still turn it on through my mac’s iCloud??
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Stuart McKever says:
Thanks – I didn’t know about this feature.
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Jc says:
This feature is useless if a theif powers off the phone….It would be much more helpful if apple would make users enter the password before allowing the phone to power down, then a theif cannot simply turn the phone off and stop the app from working
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Dania Coleras says:
thats the best idea i ever heard of i can’t believe apple didn’t think of that.. i just got my phone stolen ..and was thinking why is it so easy just to power down the phone..especially when people walking around just like to steal iphones
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Chad von Nau says:
Good tip. It’d make more sense if this were enabled by default when “Find My iPhone” is enabled.
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TekRevue says:
Agreed, Chad. Although I imagine that Apple was hoping to avoid a privacy-related uproar. Something along the lines of “Don’t track me unless I specifically authorize you to do so” (by initiating a Find My iPhone request).
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