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What to Do and Not Do If You Find a Lost Smartphone

Lost Smartphone

A Lost Smartphone

Living in this age of information and technology the cell phone has become a need rather than a luxury. Many times it happens that we lose our smartphone. It’s always good to know what to do if you find a lost smartphone.

All major smartphone companies have developed phone retrieval technologies to assist you in your hour of need. Just in case you did not have the “find my phone app” on your smartphone. Usually one needs an account associated with the smartphone to trace it. For Android devices, this is your Google account. For iPhones, this is your iCloud account. And for Windows Phones this is your Microsoft account. You also get the option to remotely lock and wipe your phone, ring your phone and set up special messages to alert whoever finds it first.

But what if you are the one who finds a lost smartphone? Most people don’t know what to do if they happen to be in this situation. Few things to be kept in mind when you find a lost smartphone include:

Keep It Charged and Connected

First ever response of a person who loses a smartphone is to either track or call it so one of the biggest things you can do to assist them is to keep their phone charged and connected to the internet. If the phone is active on a cellular network it is automatically connected to the internet where is if the phone is inactive you should try putting it on Wi-Fi. You may find difficulties doing that and try your best. Every little bit counts.

Turn It Into the Place Where You Found It

If you don’t want to take responsibility of the lost phone the only option you have is to place it somewhere nearby the place you found it. You have to make a wise judgment call because many businesses will just toss the phone in a bin and wait for the owner to come looking for it. They won’t take the pain of monitoring calls, keeping it charged or anything a responsible person is supposed to do. There is a chance that the owner does not know where he lost the phone and he may never walk back into that business again.

So what you have to do is make a judgment call whether you should drop the phone where you found it or not.

Don’t Look at Their Stuff

Respect the owner’s privacy by not searching through the whole phone. Think of all the stuff you have on your phone: personal pictures, social network connections, banking information, even journals. Would you want someone looking at that? I sure as hell wouldn’t. Although this should really be left unsaid but our ethics teach us to respect others privacy and refrain from going through others cell phones invading personal space of others.

Go through contacts to trace down the owner

What you should do is to check the contact list on the phone. Many times people have favorites or starred contacts set on their phones and calling them is your best chance to track the owner down. Go for the most telling names e.g. hubby, lover face, bae etc the stuff that everyone lists their significant other as. In case you can’t find any, trying calling the first person in the starred contacts. You can also call the last person in the recent calls but be very careful since you are on the verge of getting a little too friendly with someone else’s phone

Author: Ayesha Siddique is a mechanical engineering student currently in her junior year. She has an obsession for automobiles and makeup.
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