Smartphones aren’t cheap and they are some of the more precious items we carry in our pockets. That’s why losing them can be quite an ordeal. Luckily, there are a few ways we can track down our lost or stolen phones. Even though we’re mostly switching to smartphones, there are still ways to track down older phones. Maybe you have an iPhone, maybe an Android phone, but whatever the case is, don’t worry, you can still get your phone back.
Smartphone tracking apps
Apple has its Find my iPhone app which helps you find your missing device whether it’s iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple watch, or even AirPods. You can download the app on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch and use it to find the device that is missing. You need to have the app turned on on every device in order to be able to locate it once you lose it or it gets stolen. By signing in to iCloud or the app, you can see the location of your lost device on the map. In case you lost your AirPods, you can play a sound that will help you find them.
Trackmyphone.net is another app offering similar features and according to the creators, tracking the phone based on the sent text messages is a thing of the past as the social media is taking over. They say that the most effective way to track the phone is by using social media and the voice recorder.
Google has the Find My Device app that can help you find your phone, tablet or a watch. It will show you its location on a map, and in case a current location isn’t available, you’ll be able to see its last known location. Not only will the app help you find your devices around the town, but also indoors in case you lost it somewhere in an airport, mall, or similar. This app will let you play a sound on your lost device helping you find it more easily. Both, Find my I phone and Find my Device apps will help you protect your data while you’re looking for your missing device.
Samsung also has its own app that will help you locate your missing phone and it works in a pretty much similar way as the first three apps.
Avast Antivirus & Security is used by a lot of people around the world and its features are well known. Besides offering virus scanning, protection and backup, it can also be quite useful in case you lose your phone. By using Avast you can remotely wipe your smartphone and listen, without anyone knowing thanks to its stealth mode. You can get the protection from viruses and device location feature in one app in case you’re willing to pay a bit more.
For regular cell phones there are numerous GPS tracking services that can be helpful. You have to register your phone with a certain service in order to be able to find it in case it goes missing. If you didn’t do that, then your options are quite limited. All you can hope for is that your service provider might be able to locate it