In modern times, few things would make a person feel as vulnerable as losing their cell phone. We use our cell phones to do so many things besides phone calls that just thinking that someone could access all of this makes our stomach knot. Learning how to find a lost cell phone will help you protect your data and have peace of mind.
Did he stay at the bar? In the taxi? In the gutter? Who knows! But don’t despair, there are a number of apps that know. Here’s how to call lost phone when it disappears.
These tips and apps will do their best to get your device back. Or, if the loss is permanent, they guarantee that no one will have access to the information inside it. It is also possible to access it via the website.
Android Device Manager
It doesn’t matter if your smartphone was lost behind the couch or in another country: your most direct option for finding it is Android Device Manager – available at android.com/device manager. It allows users to locate and track the device, in addition to making it play a ringtone and, if necessary, remotely erase its data, all from a web browser.
You can see your device on a map anywhere in the world. If it is close, click on the “Play” button: the phone rings at maximum volume, even if it is in silent mode.
The Avast Anti-Theft has the basic features of Android Device Manager, and brings some extras.
You can locate your device on a map, lock it remotely, activate an audible alarm at maximum volume, show a personalized message on the screen, and also erase all data.
What’s more, it is possible to rename Avast Anti-Theft to disguise the application; make your smartphone call a specific number without turning on the screen, and thus hear where it is; and receive by SMS the new device number and its location if they change the chip.
All of this is free. It is also possible to take a picture of the person who is trying to unlock the device after three attempts; and configure your smartphone to take specific actions (send location or sound an alarm) when it leaves a defined perimeter.
Search my iPhone
The original tracking service for iOS is still the best option. This free service locates and tracks your lost or stolen Apple device – not just iPhones, but iPads and MacBook’s as well. It also makes the device play a ringtone, displays a message to anyone who finds it, and remotely blocks or wipes the device completely.
The Find My iPhone service works through iCloud, so there is no need to install anything – it is already built into iOS. However, if you want to find your other Apple devices, there’s an app for that: it’s available on iTunes.
Any cell phone
Not all lost phone situations require a complete app to solve: sometimes it is under a pile of clothes, for example. Borrow another phone and call yours.
If you don’t have one around, use a VoIP service. You don’t need to buy or spend credits, and you can use Google Hangouts, built into Gmail, for that.