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Old 06-19-2017, 05:21 PM   #1
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Wife and I were in Vegas - she left her phone in the airport bathroom by mistake and we discovered it was missing when we got home. I looked on my " Find my phone" app and it showed exactly where it was sitting in the airport restroom.

I triggered a feature that locks and shuts the phone off and has a message across on the phone that says "if you find this phone please call this number" - it was my cell number.

I then triggered a loud alarm that goes off on her phone. I did it several times and next thing I know a lady is calling me from lost and found at southwest airlines in the Vegas airport. She said she heard a noise in their lost and found storage area and it told her to call my number which she did.

They over nighted the phone to our house. I found out her name and mailed a $50 "thank you" check to her - her supervisor returned the check and said they are not allowed to accept a payment - but he promised me that he would make sure she received a "bonus"

Talk about a lifesaver and a great feature to have on your phone.

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Old 06-19-2017, 05:33 PM   #2
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It is an amazing feature! I have lost my phone 2 times tracking hogs at night and once while riding on my ranger at night. All 3 times I used the feature and it took me to the exact spot of my phone. With the loud pinging noise, I could hear it before I even got to the spot. I would have never have found it any of those times without "find my phone".
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Old 06-19-2017, 05:48 PM   #3
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It is an amazing feature! I have lost my phone 2 times tracking hogs at night and once while riding on my ranger at night. All 3 times I used the feature and it took me to the exact spot of my phone. With the loud pinging noise, I could hear it before I even got to the spot. I would have never have found it any of those times without "find my phone".
Same here!

My phone fell off the back of my truck in the sam houston national forest. I fired up my laptop in town and tracked it then walked the road and found it sitting there in perfect condition.
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Old 06-19-2017, 05:52 PM   #4
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Took me right to the car of the person who stole mine! It is a great feature to activate.
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Old 06-19-2017, 06:10 PM   #5
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Found one for a lady one day who called 911 to say it was stolen. The **** had taken it and then hid it inside an empty refrigerator in a room full of about 100 of them. The loud noise and vibration took us right to it. Great feature.
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Old 06-19-2017, 06:15 PM   #6
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What if they turn it off?
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Old 06-19-2017, 06:18 PM   #7
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How do you set up to find another phone?
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Old 06-19-2017, 06:20 PM   #8
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I had one stolen at Winstar in Oklahoma. (I left it sitting on a machine ) we tried to track it but they turned it of I guess because it went straight to voicemail.

It was never turned in to lost and found! It still whizzes me off thinking about it!!
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Old 06-19-2017, 06:20 PM   #9
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How do you set up to find another phone?
just go to the app and it has a place to enter other phones to track - tracks my phone, wifes, and my Ipad - the other phones have to have the app loaded on them too

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Old 06-19-2017, 06:29 PM   #10
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Lost mine on a bike ride cutting a trail off the paved sidewalk. Didn't realize till I got home the it fell out of my pocket. My wife pinged it and I back tracked exact trail, could hear it when I got close, was in 10" grass. Would have never found it otherwise. Very impressed!!
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Old 06-19-2017, 06:47 PM   #11
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Took me right to the car of the person who stole mine! It is a great feature to activate.
Waiting on your post in the meeting a murderer thread
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Old 06-19-2017, 06:57 PM   #12
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On a whim, I tried the app just now,(I've had it but never used it) and evidently my phone is somewhere in the back yard between my house and my shop. Y'all must be using a different app than I am. No bells or whistles sounded either.

After delving a little deeper I found out how to activate the bells and whistles, but me and the ipad and the phone are still laying out in the yard. Hot out here too !

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Old 06-19-2017, 07:03 PM   #13
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Very useful feature. I have used it twice. And for people who are still on the fence abt switching over to iOS here is your testimony
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Old 06-19-2017, 07:24 PM   #14
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Samsung offers it as well on android.
https://findmymobile.samsung.com/
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Old 06-19-2017, 07:29 PM   #15
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On a whim, I tried the app just now,(I've had it but never used it) and evidently my phone is somewhere in the back yard between my house and my shop. Y'all must be using a different app than I am. No bells or whistles sounded either.

After delving a little deeper I found out how to activate the bells and whistles, but me and the ipad and the phone are still laying out in the yard. Hot out here too !
just chain them all to your belt and do not worry about find my phone
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Old 06-19-2017, 07:39 PM   #16
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On a whim, I tried the app just now,(I've had it but never used it) and evidently my phone is somewhere in the back yard between my house and my shop. Y'all must be using a different app than I am. No bells or whistles sounded either.



After delving a little deeper I found out how to activate the bells and whistles, but me and the ipad and the phone are still laying out in the yard. Hot out here too !


It's more accurate in some areas than others. Sometimes spot on sometimes off by 1/2 mile depending on number of towers in area I guess.
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Old 06-19-2017, 07:42 PM   #17
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It's more accurate in some areas than others. Sometimes spot on sometimes off by 1/2 mile depending on number of towers in area I guess.
never experienced that - mine has been dead on each time
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Old 06-19-2017, 07:54 PM   #18
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Took me right to the car of the person who stole mine! It is a great feature to activate.
My daughter tracked her Aunt's phone right to a trailer house near where it "disappeared". The officer knocked on the door and after a little discussion, the guy decided his kid must have grabbed it by mistake. But, they got the phone back!
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Old 06-19-2017, 07:56 PM   #19
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It's more accurate in some areas than others. Sometimes spot on sometimes off by 1/2 mile depending on number of towers in area I guess.
I've only ever lost mine once, and knew I had missed my pocket and it was caught by my jacket. Went back to where I took my jacket off and there it was. I carry mine in my shirt pocket and am pretty aware of where it is all the time.

All joking aside, I do believe it's a useful feature, if nothing else the ability to make it useless for an unauthorized user is well worth having.
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Old 06-19-2017, 08:14 PM   #20
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My daughter tracked her Aunt's phone right to a trailer house near where it "disappeared". The officer knocked on the door and after a little discussion, the guy decided his kid must have grabbed it by mistake. But, they got the phone back!
The girl who stole mine worked with me when I was in San Antonio. She denied stealing it...even though it was tracked to her car. (It was there so she could go home and try to figure out who it belonged to ) She was given the option of resigning, or being charged with theft. She said she would not resign and would get an attorney and cussed her way out of the office.

We never heard from her again!

Some people are just plain crazy!
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Old 06-19-2017, 09:09 PM   #21
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The girl who stole mine worked with me when I was in San Antonio. She denied stealing it...even though it was tracked to her car. (It was there so she could go home and try to figure out who it belonged to ) She was given the option of resigning, or being charged with theft. She said she would not resign and would get an attorney and cussed her way out of the office.

We never heard from her again!

Some people are just plain crazy!
That's what I call, "addition by subtraction"
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Old 06-20-2017, 05:10 AM   #22
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Great feature for sure but if you lose your phone, as my wife did, in an area with no signal then you are SOL...
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Old 06-20-2017, 06:23 AM   #23
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Works great for keeping up with teenagers as well.
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Old 06-20-2017, 06:28 AM   #24
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Wife and I were in Vegas - she left her phone in the airport bathroom by mistake and we discovered it was missing when we got home. I looked on my " Find my phone" app and it showed exactly where it was sitting in the airport restroom.

I triggered a feature that locks and shuts the phone off and has a message across on the phone that says "if you find this phone please call this number" - it was my cell number.

I then triggered a loud alarm that goes off on her phone. I did it several times and next thing I know a lady is calling me from lost and found at southwest airlines in the Vegas airport. She said she heard a noise in their lost and found storage area and it told her to call my number which she did.

They over nighted the phone to our house. I found out her name and mailed a $50 "thank you" check to her - her supervisor returned the check and said they are not allowed to accept a payment - but he promised me that he would make sure she received a "bonus"

Talk about a lifesaver and a great feature to have on your phone.
That's great and I am glad you got your phone back. Kind of crazy how good technology is these days.

However, doesn't it creep you out a bit to know you are tracked anywhere you go, at all times, as shown by the find my phone app?
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