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Google’s Pixel 8 and 8 Pro can now be located even with a dead battery

Google Pixel 8 Pro in bay blue on a light pink background surrounded by blue plastic squares
Photo by Allison Johnson / The Verge

Google’s Pixel 8 series phones can now be located even when they’re powered down or after their batteries have run down. The convenient new capability was announced as part of today’s rollout of the upgraded, more advanced Find My Device network. Google says this offline tracking is made possible by “specialized Pixel hardware” in its latest two phones. More specifically, Google spokesperson Natalie Johnson told me that “there’s reserve power on the device for several hours that is channeled to the Bluetooth chip.” This help center page confirms that devices can be located “for several hours” after being turned off or if they shut off from a low battery.

Hopefully, the company will extend this same functionality to the future Pixel Fold…

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