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There's now another easy way to find your lost phone

Although it’s more useful if you own an Android device.

If you use Find my Phone and this is what greets you, getting your phone back might be a challenge.
If you use Find my Phone and this is what greets you, getting your phone back might be a challenge.

AS FAR AS useful features go, Find your Phone is up there as one of the better ones to have at your disposal. While it’s not going to solve all of your problems, it can prevent your phone’s data from falling into the wrong hands.

On top of that, Google has added Find my Phone to its My Accounts section. Covering both iOS and Android devices, this might not sound like a big deal but the section is handy if you’ve lost your phone and aren’t sure what to do or where to start.

If you’re an Android user, the section is more useful for you since Google can carry out actions remotely. The steps you can take are:

Ring or locate your phone – The basic options on Find my Phone.
Lock your phone – Lock it remotely, write a note and add a callback option so the person who finds it can contact you.
Try calling your phone – Getting yourself or a friend to ring it.
Sign out on your phone - Logging out of your Google account remotely.
Reach out to your carrier – Getting it to disable your SIM card.
Reach out for local help – Contacting the place where you think you lost it.
Consider erasing your device – Wipe your device completely.

Lock your phone Source: Google

In the case of iPhone, your options are more limited since Google can’t carry out actions remotely. It has a shorter list of instructions – most require you to go through iCloud since it’s Apple’s software – but the instructions are still relevant if you don’t know where to start.

If you want another quick way to find your Android phone, just searching for ‘find my phone’ on Google’s search engine will let you see where it is. iPhone users will have to go through iCloud if they want to do the same thing.

Find my phone search engine Source: Google

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Quinton O'Reilly

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