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Lost Smartphone? Here's How to Find It

Lost Smartphone? Here's How to Find It
Smartphones have become so important that losing your phone can feel like a part of you is missing, but there are ways to find it.

Whether you choose Android, iOS, or Windows Phone, there are some useful tools to help you find your missing phone. For iPhone users, Apple has its own "Find My iPhone" system set up. This system can also track down your iPad, iPod touch, or Mac. Apple's system can find your missing device and can play a sound to find a nearby iPhone, activate "lost mode" to track and lock the device, or even remotely wipe its data. Users need to set this up beforehand using their Apple ID and turning on the "Find My iPhone/iPad/iPod" setting. Apple highly recommends using a passcode so thieves can't deactivate the setting. On Android, users can Google "find my phone," or "lost phone" to locate, lock, ring, and wipe your smartphone. Most devices come with this feature enabled out of the box. For Windows Phone users, simply log in to account.microsoft.com/devices, select the phone you want to find, and click "Find My Phone." This feature can ring, lock, erase, or show your Windows Phone on a map.

While you don't see "lost phone" signs hanging around town, "lost dog" posters aren't uncommon -though highly outdated. With the new Finding Rover app, available for Android and iOS as well as on the web, "lost dog" signs are a thing of the past. The app uses facial recognition technology, similar to what Facebook uses for finding users in photos, to reunite lost dogs with their owners. Pet owners upload a picture of their dog and shelters and other Finding Rover users upload pictures of found dogs. Once a dog is reported found, Finding Rover searches through its "lost" pictures to find a match. If a match is found, the dog's owner is notified. Finding Rover is expected to roll out support for lost cats later this summer.

Photo: © Creative Commons - Flickr: Janitors.
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