We all know it: that sick, sinking feeling when you reach for your phone and it isn’t where it’s meant to be. Hopefully, you’ve just put it in your other pocket, or your little brother has borrowed it to play a game. But what if the loss is potentially permanent? What should you do when you realise your phone is lost or stolen?
1. Try to find it
This one seems pretty obvious. Before panic sets in, try to track your phone down. Step 1, obviously, is to call it. Either you’ll hear it and find it under a couch cushion, or, perhaps, a Good Samaritan will answer and make a plan to get it back to you.
But it’s on silent! you cry. No problem. If you have an iPhone, go to a desktop/laptop/iPad (or someone else’s phone) and sign into iCloud. Click on ‘Find my iPhone’, sign in, and it will locate all your linked devices. Choose the lost one, and click ‘Play Sound’. Even if the phone is on silent, it’ll play a sound until you locate the phone and turn it off.
If you have an Android phone, go to Google, and search Find My Phone. It will locate it based on the last time it connected to the net, and give you the option to make it ring for five minutes while you look for it.
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