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.
Open a Web browser and go to the BlackBerry Protect website (link in Resources).
Enter your BlackBerry ID credentials in the appropriate fields and click "Sign In."
Select "View Location" and the BlackBerry Protect service will display your BlackBerry phone on the map.
Click "Play Sound" and click "Play Sound" again to play a sound from your BlackBerry phone.
Launch a Web browser and navigate to the Windows Phone website (link in Resources).
Click "Find My Phone" from the My Phone drop-down menu.
Enter your Microsoft account email address and password. Your phone's location is displayed on a map.
Click "Ring" and follow the directions to ring your Windows phone.
Navigate to the iCloud website and sign in to the service with your Apple ID and password (link in Resources).
Click the "Devices" button to display your list of Apple devices.
Select your iPhone from the list and it will appear on the map.
Click the "+" button on the Map Navigation Controls bar to zoom in to the location.
Click "Play Sound" on the iPhone's Info window to play a sound from the device for approximately two minutes.
Tips & Warnings
- You must activate the location service on most smartphones before you can use it to find your lost device.
- Your smartphone must be powered on and connected to the appropriate network -- such as a cellular data network -- for the location service to find it.
- Information in this article applies to Windows Phone 8, BlackBerry 10 and an iPhone running iOS 6. Instructions may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.
References & Resources
- BlackBerry: How to Find a Lost BlackBerry Smartphone Using Blackberry Protect
- BlackBerry: BlackBerry Protect
- Windows Phone: Find a Lost Phone
- Apple: IPhone User Guide For IOS 6.1 Software
- Apple: ICloud: Locate Your Device on a Map
- Apple: ICloud: Set Up Find My IPhone
- Apple: ICloud: Play a Sound On Your Device
- BlackBerry: Sign in to BlackBerry ID
- Windows Phone: Sign in to Windows Phone
- Apple: ICloud