Smartphones are an ever-present part of our lives. For some, they are simply a mobile means to communicate. For others, they provide an additional connection to news and entertainment. My family believes my phone to be a natural extension of my hand since I am seldom without it. In fact, I feel a level of anxiety when without it. However, misplacing my phone is a common occurrence. While I occasionally leave my phone in various places around town, I am more apt to lose my phone in my own home or about the office. (You gotta triple pat! Phone. Wallet. Keys!)
Unfortunately, I am not alone. The Republic Support team averages more than 500 lost phone tickets each month. The first question asked is often, “How can I find my phone?” Until now, Android required users to download an app in preparation of a loss; of course, most users didn’t do so and were unprepared. Fortunately, this is no longer the case. Google has built this functionality into the latest version of the default Google app and additional apps are no longer required.
- Open Google Chrome Browser on your computer.
- Make sure you are logged into the same Google account as your phone.
- Navigate to Google.com.
- Enter search term; “Find my phone”.
- You may be asked to sign in again.
- You will then see a map with the options to Ring, Lock or Erase the phone.
Here are Google’s Instructions. Happy hunting!
Bonus Round: A few other things neat things you can do within Chrome
Send directions to my phone:
Send a map from your computer to your phone by entering the search term, “Send directions to my phone”.
Set an alarm:
Set an alarm on your phone by entering the search term, “Set an alarm”.
Set a reminder:
Set a reminder on your phone by entering the search term, “Set a reminder”.