How to Find a Lost Cell Phone, Even When It Seems Hopeless

Many companies that manufacture smartphones, such as Apple, also provide their customers with a service to locate devices that are lost. You need an account from the company and a Web browser to access the service. The service will locate the phone and display its location on a map via the browser. Additionally, most location services also include a feature to ring your phone or have it play a sound so that you can find it.

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Locate your cell phone as soon as you realize it is lost.
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BlackBerry

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Open a Web browser and go to the BlackBerry Protect website (link in Resources).

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Enter your BlackBerry ID credentials in the appropriate fields and click "Sign In."

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Select "View Location" and the BlackBerry Protect service will display your BlackBerry phone on the map.

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Click "Play Sound" and click "Play Sound" again to play a sound from your BlackBerry phone.

Windows Phone

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Launch a Web browser and navigate to the Windows Phone website (link in Resources).

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Click "Find My Phone" from the My Phone drop-down menu.

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Enter your Microsoft account email address and password. Your phone's location is displayed on a map.

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Click "Ring" and follow the directions to ring your Windows phone.

IPhone

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Navigate to the iCloud website and sign in to the service with your Apple ID and password (link in Resources).

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Click the "Devices" button to display your list of Apple devices.

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Select your iPhone from the list and it will appear on the map.

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Click the "+" button on the Map Navigation Controls bar to zoom in to the location.

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Click "Play Sound" on the iPhone's Info window to play a sound from the device for approximately two minutes.