Enhance Find My iPhone with ‘Last Location’ in iOS 8

FindMyMacIconXThe Find My iPhone feature that is part of Apple’s iCloud service is a great security option to enable, as it allows you to locate, erase, or message your device if it is ever lost or stolen. This service can be easily enabled for OS X or iOS devices, where once you have logged into iCloud in the OS X system preferences, you can check this option as one of the features to enable. In the case of iOS, you can toggle this option in the Settings > iCloud > Find My iPhone section.

This feature has its obvious security uses, especially for iOS devices that are quite easy to be stolen or lost somewhere. Even though in the case of theft, iOS 8 will lock your device to your Apple ID and thereby secure your data and prevent use of your device, in the event you simply misplaced your iPhone or iPad you might be more inclined to try finding it instead of wiping or locking the device.

Send Last Location option in iOS 8

Enable this option in your iOS device’s settings to have it update iCloud with its location before it shuts off due to a low battery.

In these cases, Find My iPhone comes in handy; however, this feature is only useful when your iOS device can connect with iCloud, and this is subsequently only doable if the device has power. If your iPhone or iPad is critically low on battery power, then it may simply shut off and no longer communicate with iCloud, requiring you to hunt it down without the Find My iPhone service.

To combat this, in iOS 8 Apple includes a slight augmentation to Find My iPhone, where you can have the device send out a last signal to iCloud in the event of a low battery, right before the device shuts off. You can then log into iCloud and will be shown the last known location of the device, and be able to at least have a better idea of where it is than if the device were to just power off with no communication at all.

This option seems undoubtedly useful; however, for some reason Apple has not made this a default setting, either if you purchase and set up a new iPhone or iPad, or if you have upgraded your old one to iOS 8. Therefore, if you are running iOS 8 and enjoy the idea of being able to locate your device with Find My iPhone, go back to the Settings > iCloud > Find My iPhone settings and both make sure the service is on, as well as turn on the Send Last Location setting that should be the only other option in this settings pane. Now even if your device is low on power, it will at least update iCloud with information on where it is before it shuts off.

One thought on “Enhance Find My iPhone with ‘Last Location’ in iOS 8

  1. AlanR

    I upgraded my 5s, and must admit, I missed this one, even though I’m pretty sure I remembered to go back and make sure it was turned on. Great reminder, thanks!


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