Top 5 Tools That Will Help You Locate Your Lost Cell Phone

Steve Campbell 09-07-2010

locate my lost cell phoneIt happens to all of us. You set your phone down to go do something and later on you can’t remember where you left it. Or maybe it fell out of your pocket somewhere. Whatever the case may be, a lost cell phone can give you a headache in a hurry.


After all, we’re dependent on these devices. What if it was stolen? You don’t want your private information in the wrong hands, especially since these new phones are capable of making purchases online.

In this article, I am going to cover a few of the tools you can use to locate your lost or stolen cell phone. So the next time you lose your phone, hopefully it won’t take all day to find it.

[Note]: Finding your cell phone is much easier if you have the ringer turned on or at least have it on vibrate. Finding a phone on silent can be done (if you have GPS), but it is by far the trickiest of all recoveries.


how can i find a lost cell phone

For a lot of you, this may be the only tool you need. If you don’t have a house phone (less and less people do every day), you can go to WhereisMyCellPhone and dial your number for free. We’ve covered this app in our directory WhereisMyCellPhone : Call your Own Cell Phone Read More before. Simply type in your number, click Find It!, and let it ring until your phone is found. There is no registration required to use this app.   This app is US-only.


[NO LONGER WORKS] BlueRetriever

how can i find a lost cell phone

If you think you’ve left your phone in a public place, you can try this directory app. BlueRetriever is pretty cool in that it allows you to create a wallpaper for your phone that has a site URL and an ID number on it.

how can i find a lost cell phone

When someone finds your phone, they can go to the website, type in the ID number, and they will be able to find out who the phone belongs to. You can even offer them a reward, which you set yourself, of up to $100 in gift cards (Amazon, Starbucks, Target) or donations with Kiva Kiva: Chage Lives By Lending Money To Other People Read More .


Site registration is free and BlueRetriever supports the following devices:

  • iPhone Original/3G/3GS.
  • iPod Touch.
  • Blackberry: Curve, Storm, Bold, Pearl.
  • Palm Pre.
  • Google G1.

[Note]: If your phone is not on the list, feel free to try the service anyway. You may however need to crop the image to fit on your phone’s screen.


locate my lost cell phone

This app supports Android, Blackberry, and Windows Mobile phones. Lookout provides security in the form of virus and malware protection, data backup of your contacts and photos, and device location.


The site says that if you can’t find your phone you can make it “scream” (not quite sure what that means) or wipe it out.

F-Secure Anti-Theft

locate my lost cell phone

If you’re really worried about your data being stolen, you can look into F-Secure Anti-Theft (directory Anti Theft For Mobile: Recover Lost/Stolen Cellphone & Protect Your Data Read More ). Supported by Symbian OS, Windows Mobile, and Android, this application provides the ability to track your lost phone, remotely lock it, and even remotely wipe out all the data.

If your phone is stolen, you can text message a key to your phone to find its geo-location. Send the phone different keys to perform the activities mentioned above.


We’ve covered similar software in WaveSecure and BuddyWay Google Maps Is the Only Simple Tourist Guide App You Need If you're traveling, you need the GPS-enabled features that Google Maps provides. Here are just a few of them that help you find the best joints around any town. Read More .

[NO LONGER WORKS] iTag [Android]


Did you find your lost cell phone? I hope you did.

Other articles you can check out relating to this matter include How To Trace & Deactivate A Stolen Cell Phone, How To Trace a Mobile Phone Location with Google Latitude How to Trace and Find Your Phone's Location We show you how to trace a phone and find its location from your Android. Note that you can't find a phone location by its number. Read More , and 6 Possible Signs Your Cell Phone May Be Tapped How to Tell If Your Phone Is Tapped: 6 Warning Signs How can you tell if your phone is tapped? And can you know who tapped it? Let's look at the warning signs and what you can do. Read More .

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Related topics: Geotagging, GPS.

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  1. graham
    September 26, 2016 at 9:42 am

    Have one of you ever tried the app from the list -

  2. Prove
    October 1, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    I don't have any idea how this works but i was told that many providers have a "help me locate my lost phone" service when you decide to choose them. Nice list of those providers and tariffs can be found on [Broken URL Removed]

  3. Steve Campbell
    July 21, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    I'm not sure, but I'd say your chances are slim. Try asking your question on our Answers page. Maybe somebody has a good idea. (no longer available)

  4. Shihabuddin hafidh
    July 21, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    i have lost my phone over 1 year ago in my house it must have switch off by now if i have the MI number of my phone do i have a chance of finding it help please

    • Steve Campbell
      July 21, 2010 at 6:17 pm

      I'm not sure, but I'd say your chances are slim. Try asking your question on our Answers page. Maybe somebody has a good idea.

  5. Nirmalyogi
    July 17, 2010 at 12:58 am

    Great information ... Keep sharing !!!!

  6. Steve Campbell
    July 12, 2010 at 4:29 am

    Excellent feature. Thanks for sharing that Bill!

  7. Pinay
    July 10, 2010 at 9:50 am

    It just happens that iphone4 run out of battery when grey powell lost the phone. They really have to work on how they can improve ip4's battery life. I hope all gadgets can be tagged like this , it'll save you lot of time when you're looking for your babies

    • Steve Campbell
      July 12, 2010 at 4:31 am

      True. That battery life problem is a major factor for me too.

  8. iComment
    July 10, 2010 at 1:48 am

    Too bad nobody told Steve Jobs about this when the Proto iPhone4 was left in that bar. It could have saved him so much trouble and his lawyers so much legal work.

    • Steve Campbell
      July 12, 2010 at 4:30 am

      haha I agree! Perhaps they didn't have that enabled on their prototypes (but I bet they do now)