If your smartphone or tablet is lost or stolen, you should know how to locate it. Android and Apple devices have tracking tools, built-in to their accounts and devices, and they are free for all to use.
On a computer, open your browser and use the appropriate website for your type of phone:
If you are using a different mobile device, download and/or open the appropriate app:
With either type of locator tool, you’ll need to sign in to the account associated with the missing device, and once you do, you’ll see a wealth of options:
- Locate your device(s) on a GPS-style map (or its last-known location before it was powered off).
- Cause your device to make a loud sound. Your ringtone will play at full-volume, even if you have your phone set to Do Not Disturb!
- Lock/erase your device.
Whether your phone has been stolen, left at the grocery or just hidden between the couch cushions, I hope you can appreciate these tools’ usefulness. I recommend you try them out now to get familiar with them, as well as bookmark the site you use, so you can quickly return to it when needed.