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Google explains how Find My Device can locate your Pixel 8 when it’s dead or turned off

What you need to know

  • In April, Google announced that the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro would support offline search.
  • Now that Find My Device is widespread, Google is explaining the feature to users registered on the network through push notifications.
  • Google says the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro can report their location to the Find My Device network for “several hours” after it turns off or the battery runs out.

Google started rolling out the Find My Device network a month ago, and it included a key feature for the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro. In an April 8 blog post, Google said these flagship phones will be able to report their location to the Find My Device ecosystem even if their batteries are dead or turned off. Now that Android users are widely using the Find My Device network, Google is explaining to Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro owners how this new feature works.

In a support document, Google details how long Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro devices can continue to share location data after they turn off or the battery runs out. “For supported devices such as the Pixel 8 series, if the battery runs out or is turned off, the Find My Device network will be able to locate the phone for several hours after it is turned off,” the company says.