Smartphone theft is on the rise. Nearly 3.1 million Americans had their smartphones stolen from them in 2013. Even worse, nearly 1.4 million of those phones were never recovered.
That's because smart hackers have found ways to get around Find My iPhone, the built-in software on Apple gadgets that can locate your missing phone or tablet. That's why it's super-important to have a strong passcode.
There's other reasons phones are never found again, too. Once the battery dies, it's off the grid. So it's critical that you find your phone fast.
Hopefully that all ends with iOS 8. Apple has installed a new feature called "Send Last Location" that can help you recover your missing phone or tablet.
It works like this: Under Find My iPhone's settings, there will be an option to turn "Send Last Location" on. Once the feature is turned on, it will send the last location of the phone to Apple, which will then be sent to Find My iPhone. This is critical if someone turns off the phone or if your battery dies. Finding out where the phone was right before the battery died could provide some essential clues to help you get the phone back.