A few days back we couldn’t find Tom’s cell phone. He has a second hand iphone4.
We looked everywhere, we retraced his steps from the day previous, called and checked with those places he had been, checked all around the house, several times, checked the bodega, the car, called his phone, numerous times, nothing. It was gone.
One thing I had done when he got the phone was to set his phone with a password protect, and enable the Find My Phone app on his phone. So, I go on to his computer, get him set up with icloud and access the ‘Find My Phone’ pc app.
We don’t subscribe to a phone plan, and we don’t keep celular data turned on, so the only way for the phone to send a signal, or be located would be for it to get near a wifi signal with which it had previously been connected. So using the app does have some limitations.
Anyway, within the online Find My Phone app you have several options, one is to Play Sound, which is sort of like calling the phone, it forces it to make a sound so you can locate it. There is also Lost Phone, and Erase iphone, boy did I not want to have to use Erase iphone.
I used the Lost Phone option, what this does is locks the phone, and when someone tries to access it it displays a Call Me message. I keyed in a message to call us at, and gave our home phone number.
Nothing left to do now but wait.
Later that same afternoon, I get a phone call from Tom’s cel; that is how we have it saved like that in our house phone. I was amazed, and relieved, anyway I race out to where the phone is and am again blown away by people.
The young guy, Daniel explains he had seen the phone fall off Tom’s car that morning as Tom was turning the corner at the end of our block. Daniel e had tried to access the phone earlier, but it has password protect, and he had tried again and the Call Me message popped up. Now this is a pretty cool feature, on the Call Me popup, the Call button is in a different color than the rest of the text, and guess what, if you push Call, it calls the number you input, in this case our home phone. How cool is that.
So, as it turns out Daniel is the nephew of our neighbor, so was familiar with us. I offered him money, he would not accept it, I was really touched. And oh my gosh so happy to get that phone back.