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There are plenty of ways the Amazon Echo makes your life easier, and thanks to third party integrations, that list continues to grow. One of the recent additions to that list is the ability to find your misplaced phone using the app TrackR.
While TrackR is best known for its little gizmos you can attach to your keys or wallet or anything else you tend to misplace, with your phone, all you need is to download a free app, connect it to Alexa, and you’re good to go.
Step 1: Download the TrackR App
The TrackR app is available as a free download for iOS and Android users. You’ll need to download the app and tap Add a New Device > Alexa Integration. You will be prompted to enable the Find My Phone skill.
Step 2: Enable the Skill
There are three ways you can enable a skill on the Amazon Echo. The easiest way is to use a voice command. In this case, just say “Alexa, enable the Find My Phone skill.” If you prefer you can also enable it in the mobile app or in the browser. On the mobile app or in the browser, go to the Skills option in the menu and search for TrackR and tap the Enable Skill button.
Step 3: Get Your Pin Code
To complete the connection between the TrackR app on your phone and your Amazon Echo, ask Alexa for your PIN using the voice command: Alexa, ask TrackR for my pin. Once everything is set up, TrackR will prompt you to create an account, but it’s worth noting that in order to use this service you don’t actually have to register for an account at all.
Step 4: Find Your Phone
Now that you’re all set up, you should test it to make sure everything is working for when you really need it to. Use the voice command, Alexa, ask TrackR to find my phone.
Your phone will begin to ring and you can stop it ringing by launching the TrackR app. In our experience, there was no notification on the phone, and using the volume rocker did not stop the ringing.
Do you have any other tips for using Alexa in your home? Let us know in the comments.