Lookout is unable to turn on GPS remotely (on most devices).
On some Android phones (primarily older devices), Lookout has the ability to remotely turn on the GPS. This is due to an oversight in the Android operating system. Lookout turns on the GPS when a Locate is requested. When the Locate is complete, the GPS is turned back off in order to conserve your phone's charge. On newer phones this capability has been removed, and only preloaded apps with the right permissions can remotely enable the GPS. We are currently working to get Lookout preloaded on new devices to overcome this limitation.
If we can't remotely turn on your Android's GPS, we must rely on WiFi and cell-tower data to run the Locate. This method provides less accurate location results.
Note: No app, including Lookout's, can turn on or run on a phone that has no power. A phone without power is simply unable to complete any task until it has been charged and turned back on.