Finding a Lost Phone Doesn’t Have To Be Difficult

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DoNotPay Shows You How To Find a Lost Phone the Easy Way

Looking for something that you’ve lost is not a pleasant task, especially if the item in question is your phone. Whether you lost it in an Uber, Metro Transit, Lyft, or any other place, the chances are that you’ll have to invest some time and energy in finding your device.

In our article, you’ll find out all the ways you can find your lost phone and learn how to do it hassle-free!

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How Do You Find a Lost Phone?

If you’ve lost your phone, you have several ways to go about it. You can:

  1. Track your phone
  2. Look for the phone in person
  3. Contact the carrier
  4. Contact the police

How To Track a Lost Phone

How you’ll track your lost phone depends on whether you’ve lost an Android or an iPhone. For more details, check out the table below:

Android PhoneiPhone
To find a lost Android phone, you will have to access the Find My Device feature, which is built into all Android devices. It can also be accessed from any browser.

To use this feature to your advantage, you need to:

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Locate Google services
  3. Go to Security
  4. Activate Remotely Locate This Device feature
  5. Sign in

The app will list all your devices and show you where your lost phone has been seen last.

You can also:

  1. Go to the Google homepage
  2. Type ‘Where’s my phone?’ into the search box
Finding a lost iPhone will require you to use the Find My app that can help you track any Apple device. To use it, you will need to:
  1. Make sure your Location Services are enabled
  2. Open your preferred browser
  3. Go to
  4. Log in with your Apple ID or use another Apple device, such as an iPod or a Mac
  5. Open the built-in Find My app

A map will appear on your screen, showing a dot that tells you where your iPhone is, along with your other registered devices. In case your device is floating around on the map, click Mark as Lost. This option will lock your phone remotely and display a customizable message for the person that might have picked it up.

You can also wipe everything on the phone by clicking on Erase This Device if you think your phone was stolen

How To Look for a Lost Phone in Person

If you want to try your luck and search for your lost phone in person, you can:

  • Visit the location where you might have left it and dial your phone number from another phone
  • Retrace your steps to where you last think you had your phone and contact those locations to check whether someone has found it

How To Look for a Lost Phone by Contacting the Carrier

Don’t want to use another device to track your phone or go out to look for it? Contact your carrier (e.g., Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile) as they might be able to:

  • Help you find it (if they’re offering GPS location services)
  • Deactivate the service on your phone in case it’s stolen
  • Replace your lost phone with a new device if your insurance allows it

How To Look for a Lost Phone by Contacting the Police

If none of the above-mentioned methods work, try visiting the police station. If they’re not able to find it, you can at least get a police report that your carrier might ask for if you want to deactivate your account.

Find a Lost Phone in No Time With DoNotPay

Looking for an easy way to find your lost phone? DoNotPay has developed a tool that’ll get the job done quickly and easily. You don’t have to waste time looking for your phone on your own or contacting the carrier. To perform a search stress-free, follow these simple steps:

  1. Select our Find My Lost Items tool
  2. Give us a detailed description of your device
  3. Attach any photos and indicate the date and time you lost your phone

Once you submit your request, we’ll contact the location in question and ask them about your phone. If your item is found, you can either claim it by pickup or delivery.

How To Prevent Losing Your Phone

To save yourself from losing a phone again, you can:

  • Get a case that will stick out and make your phone easily noticeable
  • Start putting your phone at a designated place so you know where it’s at all times
  • Doble check your pockets whenever you leave a room to make sure your device is still with you

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