Top 4 Ways to Prevent Forgetting Your Phone and Losing It
Updated: Jan 19
Let’s face it, our phone is our connection to the world; phone calls, the web, texting, social media, weather apps, GPS, news, shopping, etc. and when we lose our phone, we lose it (pun intended). Losing a phone is extremely stressful and the loss of a phone wastes time, is frustrating, and can be very costly in your inability to make timely phone calls, loss of irretrievable data, and of course, the cost to replace the phone itself. It makes sense that you might want to have a phone finder tracker device if you lose your phone, but in actuality, wouldn’t it be better to prevent the loss of the phone in the first place when and if possible? Would it be better to have a phone reminder rather than a phone finder?
Once your phone is lost, most devices can only ping your phone if it is within Bluetooth® range. Once out of range, the phone may be gone for good. Such devices only work in reverse, they track your keys, not your phone. Also, trackers do exactly what they say… they track you. Bluetooth® trackers use an app accessing location tracking services and/or GPS which significantly drains the phone’s battery.
Below are the top 4 ways to help you never forget your phone:
1. Prox PRD™ – Phone Reminder Device
A simple solution which helps prevent leaving your phone behind and losing it. The Prox PRD™ is the only device that will pair with your phone in under 30 seconds, operate without the use of a mobile app, and reliable alert you when you leave your phone behind. In addition to no app, there is no registration, no subscription, no tracking (100% privacy), and comes with a replaceable CR2032 battery with an estimated battery life of one year, and the Prox PRD™ is compatible with iOS 14.0 or later and compatible with Android 8.0 or later.
The manufacturer, Prox Devices, does not collect user data and they don’t sell user data. The Prox PRD™ is durable, light weight (~0.4 oz), and is slim (~6.5mm). It uses Bluetooth® BLE wireless technology and is exceedingly reliable.
The Prox PRD™ has six features all operated by one button; connectivity check, remote selfie clicker, alert distance adjustment, alert tune adjustment, home and travel mode toggle, and a nap mode. This group of features makes for a very good user experience. It is also conveniently available for purchase on Amazon Prime.
A common problem among proximity alert devices is their propensity to
false alert. The Prox PRD™ has a lot of firmware technology to mitigate
these false alerts. Users are finding few, if any, false alerts.
2. Keep your phone on you at all times
Another alternative is to keep your phone on you at all times. This sounds
very basic but creating a routine of always having it in your pocket or purse allows you to consistently check if it is with you when you stand up and are on the go. Carrying your phone in different locations (pocket, purse, gym bag, etc.) can create confusion and every time you have to rethink the process. It is so much easier to have it in the same spot so you can give yourself a gentle pat on the pocket or slide your fingers in the same pocket of your purse to be assured the phone is with you. It is always best to keep it simple.
3. Always place it in the same spot
People have a tendency to leave their phone in awkward places in the home. Using the same principle as keeping it on you, placing it in the same spot simplifies the search. It might work well to keep your phone by the front door, or on the end table or nightstand. Or, maybe keep it in one location while awake and on the nightstand charger when asleep. The consistency is what creates a routine that will help with knowing where it is before heading out the door and leaving your phone behind.
4. Set up the Find My iPhone app and share with family
A little less proactive and a little more reactive approach to not losing your phone is Apple’s Find My app to help you quickly locate the phone before it is entirely lost. With iOS 15 and iPhone 11 or later, this app allows you to locate your phone even if its battery is dead. When turning off your phone, you will see “iPhone Findable After Power Off” under the power down toggle.
To implement the Find My app go to:
Settings > Tap on your name > Find My > Find My iPhone > Toggle "Find My iPhone" on
If you are using iOS 15, you can also toggle the “Find My network” which will send the location of your iPhone to your Apple ID account when the battery is just about dead. Then you can sign into your Apple ID using your laptop, another iPhone, or the Find My app on a Mac to find the location of your phone.