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With iOS 15, Apple's Find My Network can now locate an iPhone even if it is turned off

Apple will allow users to trace their iPhones running iOS 15 through Find My Network even if they are switched off. The new feature was revealed by Apple during its annual developer conference WWDC 2021 on Monday night.

twitter-logoManas Tiwari | June 8, 2021 | Updated 10:40 IST
The beta version of iOS 15 is now available for download.

Highlights

  • Apple has updated Find My Network on iOS 15.
  • Users will be able to locate iPhones even when they are off.
  • Location sharing will also be possible in switch off mode.

Apple will allow users to trace their iPhones running iOS 15 through Find My Network even if they are switched off. The new feature was revealed by Apple during its annual developer conference WWDC 2021 on Monday night. Apart from this, the users will also be able to share their live location with friends and families after turning off the device. The location tracking will keep working even if the phone is reset to factory settings with Activation Lock enabled.

This is because the new software update will not completely turn off the device but put it in a low-power state where your iPhone will work as an AirTag, allowing any nearby iOS device to pick up the Bluetooth signal and send back its location.

"Find My introduces new capabilities to help locate a device that has been turned off or erased, as well as live-streaming locations for family and friends who choose to share their location," the tech giant explained after the event.

This means that even if your iPhone runs out of battery, there will be a chance of finding it. However, Apple hasn't explained how this can possibly work.

The Find My Network also supports AirPods Pro and AirPods Max now.

"Separation Alerts notify a user if they leave an AirTag, Apple device, or Find My network accessory behind in an unfamiliar location, and the Find My network now supports AirPods Pro and AirPods Max. A new Find My widget offers an at-a-glance view directly from the Home Screen," the tech giant explained in a statement following the launch.

It's worth mentioning that Find My Network works best for missing objects and is not designed to fight against theft. Also, users should know that while iOS 15 will not completely turn off your iPhones, you will have the option to change that through Settings by disabling the low-power Find My mode completely.

The beta version of iOS 15 is now available for download. The public roll-out will take place later this year and Apple has announced the full list of smartphones that will receive it going forward. The tech giant has added several improvements to iOS 15 starting with FaceTime, notification tray, control centre and SharePlay.

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