One of the most difficult things to do is to find a lost phone. Fortunately, there are a few practical and creative ways to find and recover your phone and prevent any potential data loss.
Check your car! We know we don’t want to do it but we all forget about our phone when we get out of the car. Try turning on the Bluetooth in your car and see if it plays any music. This is an indication that you left your device in the cars speakers (or radio). Double-check all your pockets, bags, or seats for your lost device.
Use an app! There are many apps out there that will help you find your lost device. Find my Phone by Apple is one of the most popular and reliable apps for this purpose. If you can’t find your phone, try opening up this app and see if it shows where your device is located. You can also use the app to make your phone ring or sound an alarm, so you can locate it quickly.
Remotely wipe your phone! If you are very concerned that someone else could access your personal data, then use the remote wipe option to delete all the information on your device. Be aware that this will also erase any of your contacts or messages. To do this, go to iCloud.com and sign in to your account. Select Find my Phone from under “More Actions” at the top right side of the screen. Then choose either Erase iPhone or Lost Mode. It might take a few hours for the process to complete since it needs time to sync with all Apple devices using the app. Note: If you chose Lost Mode, make sure you have an up-to-date backup file before erasing it so there is still a copy of your data.
Ask a friend! If you’re out of ideas, try asking a friend if they’ve seen your phone. Sometimes all it takes is to widen the search area. Plus, it’s good to have someone help keep an eye out for your device in case it turns up somewhere.
We hope these tips will help you find your lost phone! As always, remember to back up your device regularly in case of any emergencies. And if you still can’t find it after trying these methods, don’t worry—you can always buy a new one! 🙂