How To Find Your Lost Phone
Ever had that sinking feeling in your stomach when you comprehend that you cannot find your phone?
You got yourself a brand new smartphone and took it with you on your daily travel. Somewhere along the way, the phone goes misplaced.
But before you start spending for your next handset, there are a few things you can still try. All key smartphone platforms offer an easy, built-in process to track your device when it’s not with you, and they are enormously effective too.
Use Android Device Manager. You can either use the device manager on the Internet, or download the app, to use from another Android device. The tracking is on by default. This is how you use it:
• Head to Android Device Manager.
• Sign in with your Google Account – the same one as the missing phone.
• Now you will see your Android device on the top left.
• If it is not the one you are looking for, click the tiny down arrow next to the device name and select the correct device from the list.
This shows you the location of your missing device, but again, there are three options you can chose from: Ring, Lock and Erase.
• Clicking Ring will make your device ring – useful for finding the phone if it is nearby – just missing in your home or office, for example.
• Click Lock if you’ve lost your phone.
• In the pop-up, enter a new password, and click on Confirm. You can also enter a recovery message and your phone number. These will be displayed on the lost device.
• Click Lock when you’re done to lock the device remotely.
• To locate the device, click the GPS icon on the top-right of the box, next to the pencil icon. You need to have location access enabled on your Android device for this feature to work. The device can now only be unlocked using the password you just set.
• The Erase button performs a factory reset on your device, which is vital if you believe you can’t recover the phone.
Windows Phone users also need to make sure that the Find My Phone setting is enabled on their devices, so the first thing to do is turn that on now, when you still have your phone.
• On your phone go to Settings > Find My Phone.
• Check Use push notifications… and Save my phone’s location periodically and before the battery runs out to make it easier to find.
• Go to Settings > Location and flip the switch to On.
Now, you can use the browser on your computer or another device to find your phone if you misplace it or lose it in any other way. This is what you need to do:
• Head to the Windows Phone website and sign in with your Microsoft account.
• Your Windows Phone device will show up at the top.
• Click Find My Phone to locate your device.
• If you haven’t checked Use push notifications… mentioned in step 2, Microsoft will ask you to set up SMS based alerts. If you are in India, you need to scroll down all the way and select “Bharat” written in Devnagri script.
• If you are setting up SMS alerts, enter your phone number, click the check box below and click Done.
• Clicking Find My Phone (above the map) will locate the device on the map.
After you’ve found your phone on the map, you can carry out certain functions, as with the other platforms.
• Ring makes the phone ring, so you can locate it if it is nearby.
• Lock asks you for a new password, and locks the phone, so other people can’t use it.
• Erase deletes all data on the phone, but you can’t track your phone after this.
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by techtalks @TechTalks August 21, 2015 5:03 AM UTC