Lost and found

September 11, 2011

Have you ever lost your phone?  Yep, I have.  Here’s some things you can do to help in case you misplace your devices.


Download and install the Where’s My Droid? app.  It can you help if you have truly lost it, or just misplaced it at home.

The way it works is that you text a predetermined word to your phone from any other phone and it will make it ring. You might think, “Well, that’s dumb.  You can just call your own phone,” but what if the ringer is off or on vibrate?  This will make it ring regardless.

And, secondly, if you lose it and have no clue where it’s at, you can text another predetermined word to your phone and it’ll text you right back with the latitude and longitude, address and a Google map.  Pretty cool.

iPhone / iPad

For my iPad, I have the Find my iPad software set up.  The way that works is that you can log into, enter your user/pass, and then find your ipad.  It will show you where it’s at on a map.  Then you have the option to send a ringer and message to your iPad, such as “Please call me at…” or something like that.  Also, you can select an option to remotely wipe your hard drive if you have sensitive information on it.  However, there’s one caveat, mine is wireless only, so if it’s lost without internet access, you’re up the creek.



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  • That is super awesome. I have nothing like that on my Palm smartphone, but I doubt it would have been of much help anyway in recovering my phone from the Geneva airport 🙂