Find My can track devices that are turned off or erased with iOS 15

Apple is making a ton of notable improvements to its native Find My app in iOS 15 making it simpler for users to keep track of their Apple devices and AirTags if they are stolen or left behind.

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iOS 15 Find My App allows users to locate devices that are turned off or erased

With the Find My network, Apple says users can locate devices even if they have been shut off – a feature that is particularly helpful is a lost device has a low battery or if a missing device is stolen and turned off. Currently, we do not know a lot of details about how this feature works but we know that the Find My network can still function even if Internet connectivity is not available as it will rely on Apple’s network of millions of devices, which use Bluetooth to share device locations with each other, while completely maintaining data privacy and security.

Apple also says that if users turn on Activation Lock, they will be able to locate a device even after it has been erased so people will not be able to erase your data to disable tracking. In addition to this, to make sure consumers are not tricked into purchasing a stolen device, the Hello screen will display your information so that they are aware the device is locatable and owned by someone.

Apple is also launching another new Find My feature in iOS 15 that will make ping users if they leave behind an Apple device or third-party tracking accessory on accident. Separation Alerts will ping users if they leave the vicinity of a device like an AirTag or third-party devices that support Apple’s Find My network.

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