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Lost Smartphone? 6 Free Tracking Apps

You've misplaced your smartphone, again -- or worse, it's been stolen. One of these handy iPhone or Android apps can help you locate it fast.
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It's one thing if your phone is simply misplaced with the ringer turned off. But when your phone is lost or stolen, things get a lot more complicated.

Fortunately, there's a whole category of apps that can help you find your missing phone. If your phone is just out of sight -- having slipped into the lost world between the sofa cushions, for instance -- these apps force it to emit an audible sound to alert you to its hiding spot.

But for phones that have disappeared or been stolen, these apps attempt to identify the phone's location via GPS, and some give you remote control options as well. Just keep in mind that some apps that require GPS to be on all the time will gobble your phone's battery, which could be a problem if it's already running low on juice.

First off, we were curious about what the venerable LoJack offers for smartphone protection. Right now, unfortunately, the company's theft-recovery technology is available only for the Samsung Galaxy S4, Galaxy S4 Active and Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 -- and the yearly subscription costs $29.99.

But if you own an iPhone, you probably know about Find My iPhone, Apple's own app that's baked into iOS. The app lets you use another iOS device to track down the missing iPhone when you're logged in with your Apple ID. Find My iPhone will make the phone beep, for example, or display a message and lock the device. If necessary, Find My iPhone also lets you wipe your data. Find My iPad works in a similar fashion.

If your phone goes AWOL before you've had a chance to install a recovery app, you can try Plan B or AndroidLost as last-ditch efforts to find it.

So if your phone's in your pocket or purse as you read this, now's a good time to install an app or two in case your phone goes missing or gets pinched in the future. It's a bit like having jumper cables in your car; you never know when you'll need them.

Read on for details about six phone rescuers for your smartphone.

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mahidyhasan759
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4/13/2014 | 11:14:49 AM
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2/9/2014 | 9:32:50 PM
find iphone with imei
Don't get desparate if you got your Iphone stolen/lost. If you know your IMEI code try https://www.facebook.com/Iphonetrace or http://www.iphonetrace.com/
mak63
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mak63,
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10/3/2013 | 2:19:55 AM
re: Lost Smartphone? 6 Free Tracking Apps
I have Prey installed for almost a year. Luckily, i've never had to use it. I also have Avira Android Security; which is free. It has neat features like the ones Cara mentioned for Lookout and many more. Highly recommend it. No, i don't work for them, but i know Avira for a long time. Very good antivirus
GAProgrammer
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GAProgrammer,
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9/12/2013 | 7:10:01 PM
re: Lost Smartphone? 6 Free Tracking Apps
Probably because not everyone uses iOS.
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9/12/2013 | 5:59:09 PM
re: Lost Smartphone? 6 Free Tracking Apps
I hate to be a nit-pick, but I've seen this error too many times and it's in the title line; "...you locate it fast." You cannot locate anything "fast", you can locate it quickly.

For reference: http://oilpatchwriting.wordpre...

As for the content of the article, this is assuming that the device is on, has a connection to the Internet, and hasn't been wiped or bricked by the perpetrator and you utilize these tools long before any of the preceding has happened. Plus, why use another app when there is the free and integrated solution called "Find my iPhone" for the iOS device train?
Cara Latham
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Cara Latham,
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9/12/2013 | 5:57:34 PM
re: Lost Smartphone? 6 Free Tracking Apps
I've personally used Lookout and appreciate both having the tracking ability as well as the security. I recommend it.
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9/12/2013 | 5:34:44 PM
re: Lost Smartphone? 6 Free Tracking Apps
AndroidLost and Plan B work after the fact. Interesting option that I did not know about. Where is the craziest place you've left your smartphone, readers?
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