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Losing a phone is a traumatic experience. Even more traumatic when a dog looks at it and thinks its dinner, or a cow – it’d be a terrifying experience going through all 6 of their stomachs. Thank goodness neither happened to my Windows Phone.
So what exactly happened?
Almost every smart phone out there has a “find my phone” feature in case it does a Missing In Action.
Apple – built in – “find my iPhone” – another out-of-date name because it works with their tablets and notebooks now – it should be “find my iDevices” laaaa…
Android – doesn’t have an official one but some brands have it – if your Android doesn’t have it, grab it from this list
Windows Phone – built in – “find my phone” which allows you to track, ring, erase or lock your phone via windowsphone.com BUT – there’s a HUGE BUT here and that’s the reason why this blog entry was written…
As you can see, my Windows Phone had the feature enabled in “settings”
So when I tried to “find my phone” after logging into windowsphone.com, I got the scariest message on the face of this planet…
I obviously freaked out – almost plucked all the hair from my eyebrows until I read an article talking about ways to get Find my Phone working perfectly… I was missing one MAJOR thing – my phone number!
All I had to do was assign a number to my Windows Phone device
And voila! Phone found – literally right next to me, hooray!
So if you haven’t assigned a number to your Windows Phone device – do it today!
Here’s a quick step by step guide
- Goto WindowsPhone.com and login with your Windows Live ID – the same one you logon into the Marketplace to download apps
- Click on “My Phone”
- Click on “Account”
- If you see your phone number below your device on the left, you’re cool – otherwise, click “update”
- Put in your mobile number and you’re DONE!
The first few times you “ring” or “find” your phone – depending on network quality, you may get the message the phone cannot be found. Just leave it, you’ll get an email notification a few minutes later once WindowsPhone.com successfully locates your device.
Now you may rest well, knowing that if your Windows Phone ever does an MIA on you – you’ll find it!