Have you ever lost your phone?

April 14, 2015 : TECHFacebooktwittergoogle_plusredditlinkedinmail

Google Maps, Lost Phone, Android, GPS, Tracking

Google Maps showing the location of a lost phone.

I know I have and luckily I have found it each time, but the mere thought of being without my electronic pal who’s fun to be with fills me with dread.

If you are as attached to your phone as we are then you may like the following tips. The tips for Android devices is of course different from those for iPhone devices.

Android Devices

If you own a Google Android device then follow these simple steps

  • Go to http://www.google.com/android/devicemanager.
  • Log in with the Google account you registered your device on.
  • If your phone is turned on and has a data connection you will be shown a map with your device shown on it.

If you are lucky the map will show the location where you are. If this is the case but you still can’t find your device then there is a “Ring” icon that does as you would expect. It makes your phone ring at full volume for 5 minutes. This works even if your phone is set to silent mode.

IOS Devices

If you own an Apple product then follow these steps.

  • Go to http://www.icloud.com/find
  • Log in with the Apple ID you registered your device on.
  • Click on the “Find My iPhone” link.
  • If your phone is on and has a data connection you should be shown the position of your phone on a map.

Easy wasn’t it?

These services provided by both of the big players in the phone business make finding lost phones much simpler. Of course these services are for locating your own phone only, Im sure there will be something tucked away in the terms and conditions saying that you shouldn’t use these for locating your childrens phone during the school day to check that they actually went there.

But what about my keys? Is there an app for that?

Unfortunately there isn’t an app for tracking down lost keys. However soon we are expecting to receive another shipment of trackers that will stop you needing an app like this for your keys (or Wallet, or Dog or chair.. Anything you like really).

The Track-IT will warn you if your phone and keys are more than 10m apart.



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