iOS 8 Tip: Enable ‘Send Last Location’ to make it easier to find your iPhone

BY Gautam Prabhu

Published 12 Nov 2014

Find my iPhone can be a very useful feature when you’ve lost or misplaced your iPhone. However, prior to iOS 8, one of the downsides of the feature has been that if the device runs out of battery then the feature was useless as you couldn’t track it, nor could you find the last location of your device.

In iOS 8, Apple made couple of the changes to the Find my iPhone feature. The first thing they’ve done is to enable Find my iPhone by default (during the initial setup process), rather than asking users to enable it manually.

They have also added a feature called “Send Last Location”, which as the name suggests will automatically send the last location of your iPhone to Apple when the battery is critically low. This can come in quite handy in case of a situation mentioned earlier, where you’ve misplaced your iPhone, and it runs out of battery.

How to enable Send Last Location to help you find out iPhone:

  • Launch the Settings app
  • Scroll down and tap on iCloud
  • Scroll down again and tap on Find my iPhone
  • Tap on the On/Off toggle to enabled Send Last Location toggle.

Find my iPhone - Send Last location setting

Note that the last location of your device will be seen in the Find my iPhone app (App Store link) or the Find my iPhone web app on (link).

I am not sure why Apple decided to keep this feature disabled by default. I would recommend enabling it as it can certainly come in handy some day.

The feature won’t be useful when the iPhone is stolen, but in that case Find my iPhone’s Activation Lock feature will at least ensure that your device is locked down.