When it comes to Bluetooth trackers, the most common things people use them for is keeping tabs on their keys and wallets. These are great reasons to have one (or a few), and I use my Tile to find my keys all the time. Using it frequently made me think: what else can I use these awesome trackers for?
I’m going to save you the trouble of figuring it out on your own, and I’ll share you some of the more interesting ideas. If done correctly, you might never lose anything again!
What’s a Tile Tracker?
Tile (UK) is one of the most popular devices for keeping track of your stuff. It saw huge success through crowdfunding, and now the company has created trackers that are even smaller in the Tile Mate (UK) and Tile Slim (UK).
With the connected mobile app, you can cause your Tile to ring as long as its within Bluetooth range. If it’s not, the app will tell you the last place your Tile was seen. You can also use it the other way — pushing a button on the Tile device itself will cause your phone to ring, even if it’s on silent mode.
As we mentioned from the outset, the most obvious uses for Tile are tracking your phone, keys, wallet, and other small items — but they can do so much more.
1. Stay Aware of Your Luggage
Sadly, Tile can’t prevent airlines from losing your luggage. However, what it can do is keep you abreast of its status by chucking a few Tiles with your bags and they’ll let you know when your luggage is about to come out of baggage claim.
While standing at the baggage carousel, open the Tile app and select the Tile that’s traveling with your bags. When your stuff gets within range of your phone, Tile will let you know. This way you don’t have to stand there watching every bag if yours is in the back of the line.
You can also use Tile to check and see if your luggage actually made it onto your plane. When you’ve boarded, you can check the Tile app and check if its in range. And you can rest easy knowing your bag is safely under you and on the voyage.
2. Remember Where You Parked
There’s not a lot to this one: leave a Tile in your car, and when you go out of range, the app will tell you the last place it recorded. Conveniently, the last place it saw the Tile is — you guessed it — where you parked your car.
If you live in a big city where you have to park your car anywhere you can, this can truly be a life saver.
3. Find Your Drone
Drones are expensive. A Tile is affordable. If you attach a Tile to the drone and it crashes, you can use the app to track it down.
You will need to have some idea of where the drone went down, as you’ll probably be out of Bluetooth range while flying, but as long as you can get to the area, you can open the Tile app and wait until you’re in range. Once there, ring it and follow the sound.
4. Find Your Roomba
Generally, iRobot Roomba vacuums are smart enough to make it back to the charger before it the battery is depleted, but if yours has a mind of its own and decides to run out of juice under the bed, in a closet, or even outside — having a Tile attached to it will allow you to give it a quick ring and find it.
This principle can be applied to any automated cleaners. You can even use it for a robotic lawn mower if that’s your thing.
5. Never Lose Your Child’s Favorite Doll Again
If your son or daughter has a favorite doll or stuffed animal, you don’t want them to lose it. For most kids, that special doll or stuffed animal is irreplaceable. Even if you can find an exact replacement, it just won’t be the same.
Don’t worry, though, because with some basic sewing skills, you can track a stuffed animal with Tile. You’ll just need to cut a small hole, shove the Tile inside the toy, and sew it up. Now, whether it’s under the bed or buried in the back yard (I did that once as a kid, I don’t know why), you’ll be able to get within range and give it a ring.
6. Save Your Life
If you have any kind of medicine you need in an emergency, sticking a Tile with it can safe your life.
A good example of this is an EpiPen. It’s not something you need all the time, as most people tend to avoid the things to which they’re allergic, but sometimes accidents happen.
When it does, you’d better know exactly where your medication is — if it’s not on your person, you need to find it quickly.
In case you can’t remember exactly where you left your medicine in a pinch, ring the Tile and find it.
7. Customize Your Tile
I’ve been a Tile user for some time, and I never knew it was possible to personalize them. Now, it could be a nice gift for a friend. But for companies, this can be a fantastic way to stand out. You’ll need to head to Tile’s website and place an inquiry to customize an order.
Instead of giving potential customers or partners a boring business card, you can give them a Tile with your logo on it! Next time they lose something and use the Tile to find it, they’ll think of your company!
Any Other Ideas to Share?
Surely, there are a lot more ways to use a Tile. And if you travel by bike, check out the best bicycle trackers to catch thieves, too.