How to Find Lost iPhone: Dead, Offline, Turned Off, or Otherwise

Use Find My iPhone last location coordinates to find a lost iPhone, even if it’s turned off, dead, or not connected to the internet.

Does Find My iPhone work when a phone is dead? Yes, although you won't be able to see a real-time location. Thanks to Bluetooth, even if the battery is dead or Wi-Fi and cellular data are unavailable, you can usually still find a lost iPhone. We'll show you how to track iPhone location using several different devices and methods. Let's get started!

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How to Find an iPhone That Is Offline, Dead, or Turned Off—6 Easy Methods

Use the following methods if you're looking to learn how to find a lost iPhone that is turned off or otherwise not currently trackable. It's important to note that if you suspect your iPhone has been stolen, you should contact local authorities. Please do not attempt to recover the stolen phone yourself, but instead follow our guide for what to do if your iPhone is permanently lost or stolen, as these steps will be different from those needed to find a lost phone with the Find My last location feature.

Track My iPhone Location from an iPad

In this section we'll show you how to use the Find My app on an iPad to locate your iPhone. If your iPhone is dead, you'll be directed to the last place your iPhone was located before the battery died. If your iPhone is offline but not dead, then the Find My app will locate the iPhone's current position using nearby Apple devices. To find your lost iPhone on an iPad or a friend’s iPhone (even if it’s dead):

  1. Open the Find My app on the iPad.
  2. Tap the Devices tab.

  3. A map will pop up with a list of your Find My-enabled devices.

  4. Select your iPhone from the list of devices.
  5. If your iPhone is turned off, it will appear on the map and sidebar as an iPhone with a blank screen
  6. If your iPhone is turned on, it will appear with an active (colorful) Home screen.
  7. Tap Directions to get driving or walking directions to your iPhone's general location.

  8. If the iPhone is offline but not dead, you can tap Play Sound to help you locate your iPhone when you get close to it.

  9. If the iPhone is dead, you can toggle on Notify When Found to send notifications and a location update to your iPad the next time your iPhone is turned on.

How to Find My iPhone from Another iPhone

Your friends and family can help you find your lost iPhone by allowing you to log into your device on their iPhone. When using a different iPhone tied to someone else's Apple ID, don't sign out from their ID in Settings; use the Me tab in the Find My app to log in remotely. Here's how to use someone else's Apple Device to find your lost iPhone.

  1. Open the Find My app on your friend's iPhone.
  2. Select the Me tab.

  3. Tap Help A Friend.

  4. You will be asked to log into iCloud. If prompted to log in using Touch or Face ID, select Use Different Apple ID.

  5. Log in using your iCloud ID and password.
  6. When prompted to save your password, select Not Now.

  7. To find your lost iPhone, tap on it in the list of devices that appears at the bottom of the screen.
  8. The screen will display a circle around the area where your iPhone is located, and will zoom in if necessary.
  9. You'll now see several buttons below the map.
  10. Play Sound is handy when you're getting close to the lost iPhone and you think you might hear the tone it plays to help you find it.
  11. Lost Mode will put your iPhone into Lost Mode to help keep your data secure.
  12. Erase iPhone should only be used if you think your iPhone is permanently lost or stolen, and then only after certain other steps.
  13. Use the map to locate your iPhone if it's nearby, or tap on Directions to get Apple Maps directions for your lost iPhone's location.
  14. When you're finished, tap your name on the top-right corner of the Find My app screen.
  15. Select Sign Out so that you don't stay signed in on your friend's iPhone.

How to Locate iPhone: Use 

I imagine most people will end up looking for their lost and potentially dead iPhone on the computer. While the app has been renamed on the iPad and iPhone, it's still called Find My iPhone when you log on to using your PC or Mac. On a Mac it will be called Find My and you will use it as you would the app on your iPhone or iPad. If you need to track your iPhone using's Find My iPhone app from a laptop or desktop web browser, here’s how:

  1. Open a browser and go to, or open the Find My app on your computer.
  2. Sign in using your Apple ID and password if using
  3. Click the Find iPhone app icon.

  4. Select All Devices at the top and choose your missing iPhone.

  5. The map will display where your lost iPhone is located. Go find it!​

​​How to Enable Lost Mode & What That Means

When you use Find My to locate your lost iPhone, you’ll see an option called Mark as Lost. When enabled, Mark As Lost will remotely lock your device and display a custom message with a phone number where you can be reached. Your Apple Pay will be disabled, as well as most notifications, although your phone will still be able to receive calls and Face Time messages with Mark As Lost enabled. This mode turns on your location services remotely, so that you can locate your device in the Find My app.

Mark As Lost requires that your iPhone still have battery power to work. If your iPhone is dead, you can still enable Mark As Lost, but the mode will only engage when your iPhone powered back up and connects to the internet or Bluetooth. If you suspect your iPhone still has battery power, I would recommend using Mark As Lost. To do this:

  1. Open the Find My app on your iPad.
  2. Select your lost device.
  3. Under Mark As Lost, select Activate.

  4. Tap Continue.

  5. Enter a phone number you can be reached in case someone finds your lost iPhone.
  6. Tap Next.
  7. Enter a message to display from the Lock screen.
  8. Tap Activate.

  9. Recover your lost iPhone using iCloud or the Find My app to track your phone's location.
  10. When found, unlock your device with your passcode.
  11. Tap Settings when prompted to sign back into your Apple ID on your recovered iPhone.

What If I Haven’t Enabled Find My iPhone? How to Find Your iPhone Using Google Maps

Unfortunately, if you don’t have Find My iPhone enabled, you’ll need to resort to retracing your steps, unless you’ve enabled location history for Google Maps. Location history with Google maps will be able to tell you the last location of your lost iPhone. If you aren't sure whether or not you've enabled location history, visit the link below. If you haven't, it will give you an option to enable it, which is a good idea in case you lose the phone in the future. 

  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! 

Does Find My Work With 3rd-Party Devices?

Up until now, the Find My network only worked with Apple devices. Now, however, Apple is opening up the Find My network to third-party apps and devices. Users will be able to use the Find My network to locate Find My network-enabled third-party devices, offering this helpful resource to more than just Apple device users. This is expected to be available by the end of the year, but it will be up to each company to offer this feature, so it may not be available on every Bluetooth-capable device.

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Sarah Kingsbury

Sarah Kingsbury is the Senior Web Editor and SEO Content Manager at iPhone Life. She manages the web editorial team and oversees all web and newsletter content. A long-time Apple enthusiast, Sarah can't live without her iPhone, Macbook Air, HomePod, Apple TV, or Apple Watch. As the original contributor to the iPhone Life Tip of the Day Newsletter, she wrote hundreds of iPhone how-tos to help users master their iPhones. It's safe to say that she has written or edited every tip published on! In her 20 years of editing and writing, Sarah has done everything from working as the associate editor of the Iowa Source magazine to developing recipes and reviewing cookbooks for a vegetarian cooking website. But teaching people how to use their Apple devices is her favorite job so far.