With the release of AirTags, Apple also announced a redesigned interface for the Find My app in which lets you find the real-time location of multiple AirTags with ease.
Apple’s new iOS 15 has brought some major new features to Find My, including features like live locations and the ability to track an iPhone even after it’s been erased or powered off, and much more, as listed below:
When you track anything using the Find My app, it now shows you its real-time location rather than updating with a new location every few minutes.
Apple says that this feature is designed to provide an immediate sense of speed, direction, and progress when you’re looking at someone’s location
With Separation Alerts, the Find My app can let you know if an iPhone or iPad is left behind by alerting you on one of the other devices with you.
Separation Alerts work for AirTags and third-party accessories that integrate with the Find My network, so if you leave a wallet or a MacBook behind at a cafe after you walk out with your iPhone, your iPhone will let you know.
Locate devices that have been erased
iOS already provides a feature called Activation Lock, which prevents someone from using your erased iPhone without your Apple ID and password.
In all the older versions of iOS before iOS 15, erasing a device activated the Activation Lock on so no one could use your iPhone without your password, but erasing a device did prevent Find My from functioning.
However, in iOS 15, your iPhone will still show up in the Find My app, while being trackable even after it’s been wiped and activation locked.
Locate lost devices that are switched off
Devices that have been turned off can still be tracked by the Find My network in iOS 15. If a device was low on battery power or turned off by a thief, it can still be found when it’s close to another Apple device, just like Air’Tags.
Apple has not outlined just how this feature works, but either the U1 chip, Bluetooth, or NFC continues to be powered in the background even when your device is off or out of battery.
How to enable these features?
Note: All these features listed above can be used only on an iPhone 11 or above with the latest iOS 15 update installed on it, and does not work with an iPad, or MacBook at the moment.
If you’re new to the iPhone or have never set up the Find My app yet, here’s how you start:
- Go to your settings, tap on your name, and then on “Find My.”
- Tap on “Find My iPhone.”
- Toggle “Find My iPhone” on. If you have upgraded to iOS 15, additionally
- You can also activate “Find My network,” which will let you find your phone even if it’s offline.
- “Send Last Location” will send the location of your iPhone to your Apple account when the battery is about to die.
That’s it, you’ll know that this feature is active if; when you shut your phone down, you can see the phrase “iPhone Findable After Power Off” under the power-down slider.
After that, if you can’t find your iPhone, then you can track it either by using the Find My app on a Mac or another iPhone or on any web browser by going to iCloud.com/find and signing in using your Apple ID.