Tips on how to not lose your phone and what to do if it happens
People lose their phones…a lot. One of the questions we get the most is a very frantic “Where is my phone, do you have it?” But, it makes sense: it is something that is always with you, it is constantly being used, it is going in and out of purses, backpacks, pockets, and wherever else people store their phones. Lost phones are simply bound to happen.
Here are some quick tips on how to keep track of your phone when you’re running around:
- Always keep your ringer on when you’re out. That way, you can use someone’s phone to call it if you misplace it.
- Keep your cell phone off of airplane mode, even while charging. If you keep it on airplane mode for charging or to conserve battery you won’t be able to use ‘Find iPhone,’ call it, or text it to try and locate it.
- Make sure your pockets are reliable, it sounds silly but if your sweater pocket isn’t deep you’re phone will probably fall out.
- Bring a portable charger rather than plugging your phone into random outlets. If you have a random charger, you can keep it charging in your bag.
- Pack light, the smaller your bag is/the less you bring, the more likely you will be to notice when something is missing.
- Avoid putting it in your back pocket, it is easy for people to slip the phone right out without you even noticing.
- Be conscious when approaching a counter or bar to make a purchase, sitting at a table, or rummaging through your bag. Do not to set your phone down, you don’t want to walk away and forget it. Instead, put it in your bag or pocket.
And if you do find yourself asking the age old question “where is my phone?” here is what to do:
- Remain calm.
- Check your bag, pocket, hand, the ground around you, etc.
- Ask your friend if they know where your phone is, sometimes it is so obvious you overlook it.
- Retrace your steps.
- Use a friend’s phone to log into the “Find iPhone” app for iPhone or “Find Your Phone” app for Androids.
- Go to Lost and Found and hope they use Crowdfind.
- If you’ve looked and think it’s gone for good, you can clear your phone’s information to help protect sensitive information.
Losing your phone sucks, the feeling of panic that goes along with it sucks too. Hopefully, these steps can help you in the future. But it happens to everyone and when it does, don’t beat yourself up too much. Just hope the places you go have a well functioning Lost & Found system, and if they don’t tell them to get Crowdfind.