...in the event you lose your phone?
So I had a frustrating moment this afternoon. I got off work early today, ran some errands and then stopped at the grocery store to get a few things on my way home. I get home put everything away, put on some comfy clothes and went to grab my phone out of my backpack to relax on the couch and peruse the forums before making dinner.
I can't find it....ANYWHERE! So I search my car, my backpack, EVERY room in the house.....the car....three times.....nothing! Frantic, I jump in the car and race back to the store and ask at the customer service desk if anyone turned in an Android smartphone in the last 20 min or so....she said no, but double checked their drawer.... nothing!
I leave a description of my device and my contact info to have her call me if it's found......yes, you guessed it, I gave them MY number to call. (Which I didn't realize I did because I was in such a panic) Argh!
Now granted, I do have both Samsung & Google locators set up, so I can log onto my pc and remotely lock it, wipe it and/or locate it via gps. The problem was, D wasn't home yet, so I couldn't get in touch with her and come to find out, she texted me during this time, saying she would be a few minutes late. She got home a few minutes after I did and we used her phone to call mine a couple times. Both to see if anyone would answer it, or in the off chance I just misplaced it at home, I would hear it ring. No dice! Just as we were logging into Android device manager on my laptop, the grocery store called and said they had my phone at the service desk, someone had turned it in. Phew....tragedy averted! But it was a frantic 30 minutes. I hate using lock screens, and while nobody would be able to access anything important on my device (like PayPal, banking, etc) without first having to log into those apps, I still didn't want to have to remotely wipe it, on the off chance that nobody turned it in for awhile.
I keep the "owner information" option checked for the lockscreen that has, "if found, call ******* at this number". and THAT'S what saved me in the end.
(I highly recommend activating this feature on your device) It will help speed up the recovery of your lost or misplaced device. Or, don't leave your phone in the grocery cart.....there's that too.
Long story shorter....
We have so much of our lives on our smartphones these days..... Please take the necessary precautions to either be able to locate it, or make it easier for someone to return it if found.
Oh yeah.....AND give the store or person where you think you may have left your device, an actual relevant phone number to contact you.....Ya know, one that isn't your own! DOH!