iOS 15 has introduced a great novelty: it is possible to track an iPhone even in extreme conditions, for example in the case of a smartphone turned off or restored. In terms of security, this is a huge step forward, able to counter the theft or loss of objects dear to us.
- How to track a turned off or restored iPhone with iOS 15
- Compatible iPhones
How to track a turned off or restored iPhone with iOS 15
So how is it possible to track an iPhone even though the device is turned off? This operation is possible as the smartphone will not turn off completely , but will save as much battery as possible and will thus be traceable (the operation is practically the same as an AirTag). In fact, any device with iOS on board nearby will detect the Bluetooth signal and will thus be able to communicate the exact location of the device.
What if the iPhone is stolen and restored? In this case, however, you will not have to worry, as when configuring Where is (the service dedicated to the traceability of all your Apple devices), the Activation Lock is automatically activated , which ensures that the device remains protected in case of an attempted activation. In fact, in order to activate (and therefore initialize the iPhone) it will take the authorization of the rightful owner.
However, this feature can be safely disabled in case you want your iPhone to shut down completely.
- Open your iPhone Settings
- Continue by clicking on your name , then on Where is it
- Tap on Find My iPhone
- At this point you can deactivate the functions that you do not want to remain active as you wish
In addition, another very important function introduced by Apple in iOS 15 deserves a special mention, which allows us to be immediately notified in the event that we should move away from one of our devices. You understand that this function could be essential to avoid losing your devices due, for example, to any distractions.
- Go to the Where is app
- Select the device you are interested in and scroll down until you find the item Notify me when I’m away
- At this point, enable the function by pressing the appropriate tick
Which iPhone to choose in 2021? And the refurbished?
At the moment, the Where is Network – therefore the possibility of finding an iPhone even when turned off – is only compatible with the following list of iPhones:
- iPhone 11
- iPhone 11 Pro / iPhone 11 Pro Max
- iPhone 12 / iPhone 12 Mini
- iPhone 12 Pro / iPhone 12 Pro Max
- iPhone 13 / iPhone 13 Mini
- iPhone 13 Pro / iPhone 13 Pro Max
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