How to Find a Turned-Off Cell Phone

By Janos Gal

Nothing is more frustrating than losing your cell phone when it is off or it is silent. If you have lost your phone and it was in silent mode, all sorts of things can go through your mind. Having lost all your favorite music, numbers of friends and family, login details and your ebook can be a shocking experience. But with some easy-to-use tools and some simple steps, you may be able to retrieve your turned-off cell phone.

Things You'll Need

  • Metal detector
  • GPS tracker

Step 1

Sit down and calm down. Retrace you steps by thinking through where you have been and where you have last used your cell phone. Often you will find it under the sofa in a cafe or between the cinema seats. Look in all sorts of impossible places, like in the fridge or in the washing machine. You may have put it in unintentionally with the food or your clothes.

Step 2

Rent a metal detector and walk around your house with it. If you cannot find the cell phone in the house, walk around in the garden or the places where you think you may have lost it.

Step 3

Call the network provider and ask for your cell phone's last GPS location. Often, the network provider will be able to trace it for you with the same mechanism the police or ambulance locates you searching for your phone's GPS location. Your phone will most likely be in the same place, or near, where it sent the last GPS data from.

Step 4

Buy a small beeper that functions like a door buzzer and attach it to your phone. When you cannot find your turned-off cell phone, press the button that will activate the buzzer on your phone.