So your favorite electronic buddy has been misplaced and you can’t seem to find it, even after searching every nook and cranny? Don’t lose hope just yet. Amazingly, there’s a way to find your phone, whether it is an iPhone or Android. The thing is, when the phone is switched off, it makes things a tad bit more complicated. But don’t, worry. We’ll get to that. First, let’s dive into how to locate your missing phone.
How to find a lost iPhone
iPhone is built using an incredible software with high tech security features. If your phone is missing, your best bet would be the Find My iPhone tool. For that, you’ll need to go to Find My iPhone on iCloud.com to access the tool. Once you’re signed in, click on “All Devices” and select your phone from the list. You’ll then see a map with the location of your phone. It’s that simple!
How to find a lost Android phone
An Android phone can be found through the Android Device Manager. To find your phone, you need to go to the Find My Device site and log in using the Google account that is associated with your phone. The location of your phone will also appear on a map.
If the location of your phone is nearby, you can click the “Play Sound” tab and it will prompt your phone to ring for 5 minutes! Oh no, your phone’s on Silent Mode! Worry not, your phone will still ring even if it’s set to silent. Amazing stuff, huh?
How to track your phone if it’s off
Now, here comes the tricky part. Your phone’s turned off and is missing. How we wish we had some magical powers to locate it, eh? Well, if you own an iPhone, you have some magic at your fingertips. If you followed the steps above to locate your iPhone, the Find My iPhone tool will show you the last place the phone was before it was switched off. You can get the site to email you when/if the phone is switched on again. Just choose the “Notify me when found” option on the screen.
Unfortunately, this feature is not applicable to Android users, as the phone has to be switched on in order to be found. What a bummer!
How can I lock my lost phone?
This is where things get more interesting. Thanks to technology, you can prevent nosy thieves or snoopy people from getting into the details in your phone! Locking your screen feature is one of the best ways to do that, for both iPhones and Androids. You don’t need a tech guy to help you do that. Lost Mode iPhone and Lock My Phone in the Android Device Manager can help to lock your phone remotely in a few simple steps.
If your iPhone is missing, you can lock your screen remotely, even if you don’t have a password set up. Here’s how:
- Go to Find My iPhone.
- Log in.
- Click the device menu at the top of the screen.
- Choose your lost iPhone.
- Click “Lost Mode.”
- Choose a contact number.
- Click “Next.”
- Type a message that you want someone to see if they find your phone.
- Click “Done.”
You’re not left behind, Android users! Here’s how you can also lock and set up a password, PIN, or pattern if you don’t already have one remotely:
- Go to Find My Device.
- Log in using the Google account that is associated with your phone.
- If you have more than one phone, choose it in the menu at the top of the screen.
- Click on “Secure Device.”
- Type in a message and contact phone number that someone can see to contact you if they find your phone.
- Click “Secure Device.”
So there you have it. If you have lost your phone, don’t worry, because technology always has your back!