In recent years, the GPS chip has become widespread on smartphones, offering their users the possibility of locating themselves, wherever they are. This chip can also be used to locate the phone remotely in case of loss. But you still need to take precautions before losing the phone. Revwr explains how to anticipate this embarrassing situation.
Lost phone: our advice to follow
The loss of a cell phone can be a real source of trouble. With the development of smartphones, more and more data is stored on them (photos, messages, contacts and personal data of all kinds), so their loss can be a potential danger if an ill-intentioned person gets their hands on them.
In this article, we will list the applications and services that will allow you to locate your phone wherever it is. In the event of loss, you will be able to find out if someone has stolen it, or if you have simply misplaced it, thus avoiding blocking your phone line unnecessarily.
Please note that most of the applications and services that we will present to you will need to be installed or configured before you lose your phone. They can only be useful in this case.
Lost iPhone: how to find it?
For ios devices use the Find My app. It is native ios app for such purposes.
Full guide you can read here.
You can also use the free application “Locate my iPhone” which will allow the user to locate the iPhone on a map, provided it is connected to the Internet, from any iOS device. Quite complete: this application allows you to lock the iPhone remotely, but also to make it ring, display a personalized message or erase all your data.
Lost Android: how to find it?
If you have an Android smartphone, we advise you to download the Android Device Manager application, which will give you the possibility to locate your Android phone, but also to reset the phone’s screen lock PIN code and erase all data on the device.
You can also read the official Google guide
Lost Windows Phone: how to find it?
Microsoft also offers the possibility for Windows Phone users to find their smartphone. To do so, they simply go to WindowsPhone.com, then go to the “My Phone” drop-down menu, and then click on “Locate My Phone”. This may allow you to make your Windows Phone phone ring, lock it, display a message on it, or erase the contents of the phone.
Lost Samsung: How do I find it?
The Korean manufacturer has also set up its own system to remedy the loss of a Samsung phone: Find My Mobile. This service offers the geolocation of the Samsung phone, but also its locking, the display of a personalized message, access to the call log and the ability to delete data from the phone.
Lost BlackBerry: how to find it?
The BlackBerry Protect solution allows, as its name suggests, to protect BlackBerry phone users. To do this, simply go to the Protect BlackBerry site and log in with your BlackBerry ID. The service will then be able to geolocate your phone, make it ring (even if it is in silent mode), display a message on the home screen, lock the phone, change the password or even delete all the data on the phone remotely.
Lost Phone: The Limitations of Location Applications
These applications and services can come in handy, but unfortunately most users don’t think to install them until they lose their phone.
In addition, these solutions are effective for a short period of time. In fact, it will be impossible for you to locate your lost phone if it is turned off or if its operating system is reinstalled.
If, after reading this article, you find that your phone has been stolen, do not hesitate to consult our file dedicated to this subject which will explain the steps to take in case of phone theft.