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How to Track a Lost Cell Phone

by Mic Johnson

Our mobile devices are an indispensable part of our daily life, many of us cannot imagine our day without using social media, surfing the Internet, and texting our closest ones.  Smartphones have numerous features, to name a few: setting alarms, taking photos, organizing calendars, and of course storing data.

There is no wonder that a lost cell phone can be a real catastrophe for us, other than losing the value of the phone, there is also the inherent risk of data leakage as someone who finds it may take advantage of your private data. in this case it is important to do everything possible to secure yourself from someone’s fraudulent intentions and put in place some countermeasures.

Fortunately, technologies move with time and we can employ some effective methods to find our smartphones. Software developers have created ways in which we can keep track of our lost devices:

1. Find my Phone – (Android Option)

This feature is available for Android devices. All you need is to sign in to your Google account and turn it on in the settings options. This way it is possible to see the location of your lost phone if it is active. Otherwise, you will see the time and place when the device was last active. If you are lucky enough to just have misplaced the device in your house then Google offer a feature for the device to emit an audible sound to help locate it.

2.  Find my iPhone (iOS Option)

If you are an iPhone user, this feature is worth mentioning. People can locate their smartphone even when it has no connection to the network or Wi-Fi. All you need to do is to go to the setting and click on “Find my”. An additional attractive thing about this feature is the ability to share your current location with the closest ones so that they will always know where you are. Note, there are also alternative solutions for people who would like a more robust monitoring app for android.


Before using these methods, try to call your mobile phone and think carefully about where it could be. It may also be a good idea to have a message feature on the home screen with an alternative contact number should a good Samaritan find the device and attempt to return it to the owner.

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