How to Fix false “left behind” notifications on iOS 15 & 16

fix false left behind notifications on ios 15
fix false left behind notifications on ios 15

The Find My app on the latest Apple software has got a new feature that notifies its users when they left behind any of their devices. This feature is called ‘Notify when left behind‘ and helps the users to take care of all the Apple devices by keeping track of them and notifying them whenever they left any of the devices behind. Let’s say you bring your MacBook, iPhone, iPad and Airpods with you when you leave for the office. But one day when you were coming back to your home with all the regular Apple devices you carry, one of them left behind in the office, then your set device will deliver you a notification of “left behind” for that particular device. This feature is definitely a lifesaver. But there are some users who are complaining about the constant false ‘left behind’ notifications on their Apple devices. The users are getting the left behind message even when that specific Apple product, like Airpods Pro, iPad, etc. are placed right next to them.

If you are also facing the same kind of issue with your Apple ecosystem devices, then this fixing guide might help you in solving the problem. This issue has majorly been reported by the iOS 15.2 public beta 1 users but several non-beta iOS users have also claimed the same issue. This is mostly happening with the Airpods with a popping false notification of Airpods left behind. And this is when the Airpods are right inside the ears of the users.

Fix false “left behind” notifications on iOS 15

This new ‘Notify when left behind’ feature has been embedded in the new updates. To use this feature the is available on Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Apple watch if they are running on macOS Monterey, iOS 15, iPadOS 15 and WatchOS 8 respectively.

Fix 1: Restart the Phone

Restarting the phone is one of the most common ways to troubleshoot any of the software glitches that you are experiencing. If you are facing a false left behind notifications issue on your iPhone or iPad you can consider giving a restart to the device.

Restart iPhone 8 or later

  • Press and quickly release the Volume Up button then press and quickly release the Volume Down button.
  • Now press and hold the power button until the Apple logo appears.

Restart iPhone 7 and 7 Plus

  • Press and hold the Volume down button and Power button until you see the Apple logo on the screen.

Restart iPhone 6S, 6S Plus and earlier

  • Press and hold the Home and power button until the display goes black and the Apple logo appears.

Restart iPads with the home button

  • Press and hold the power button until the power off slider appears.
  • Swipe the slider to turn the iPad off.
  • Now, press and hold the power buttin until the Apple logo appears.

Restart iPads without the home buttons

  • Press and hold power and either of the volumr button until the power off slider appears.
  • Swipe the slider to power off the device.
  • Now, press and hold the power button until the Apple logo appears.

Fix 2: Add an exception location

Adding a location as an exception can make you free from the false left behind notifications. Let’s say you are leaving your home with some of the Apple products while some are at your home and you are aware of that, as you don’t need them on the place you are going. Then adding your home to the NOTIFY ME, EXCEPT AT: list definitely benefits you. This will provide Find My the info that your home is in the exception list and if any of the products added in the Find My is placed at home, there will be no left behind notification for that device.

  • Open Find My, tap on the device for which you want to add a location exception.
  • Go to Notify Me When Left Behind.
  • Now, under the NOTIFY ME, EXCEPT AT: section tap on New Location.
  • Add whichever location you want.

Fix 3: Correct the home location

It has been seen that many of the users are getting annoyingly false left behind notifications on their iPhones because their location is not precisely set. It is not that your address is not correctly entered but the exact location of your house or residence is not precisely set. It might be slightly off, pointing to one or two houses next to yours. This can easily lead to a false left behind notification as the Find My will assume that your devices are at your neighbour’s house (due to non-precise location) while you are in your house.

Fix 4: Update software of the devices

As I already told you, the Notify when left behind the feature is available in the updated software versions. In order to use these features, your:

  • Macbook needs to be running in macOS Monterey,
  • iPhone needs to be running on iOS 15,
  • iPad needs to be running on iPadOS 15, and
  • Apple watch needs to be running on WatchOS 8.

Hence, if your devices are not up to date then it can cause compatibility issues. Make sure that your Apple devices are running on the latest versions of the mentioned software.

Bottom Line

So, these were the possible ways by which you can eliminate false left behind notifications. If none of the fixes works for you then you can contact Apple Support for the solution. Or you can wait for the next software update with an official fix to this issue. I hope this fixing guide was helpful for you. If it was, please consider sharing it with the needy ones in your circle. Also, make sure to share more ways of fixing the issue if you have any, in the comments below.

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Bhanu Pratap

Hi! I am Bhanu Pratap, co-founder of Yorker Media Group. A die-heart fan of tech and keeps track of every little happening of the same. When not writing, I usually keep myself busy on YouTube making and exploring new and awesome tech content.

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