Quick Tip To Avoid Losing Your iPhone

img_0031This is by no means a groundbreaking tip in my eyes, but having shown it to a few people, they suggested I should immortalise it by posting it for others to benefit from.

If you regularly travel or attend events, you probably pull your phone out of your pocket every few minutes. You also most likely rely heavily on it as your main means of communication, so losing it becomes a real pain.

What I did during SXSWi was create a note containing my contact details if my phone was found. As it was a total geekfest, my Twitter username and email address was enough, but if you’re staying at a hotel, you could ask them to leave it at your hotel’s reception desk, etc. As long as it fits within that single screen.

Set a PIN code on your phone to avoid anyone having a jolly by making international calls when they find it and hope that, if you do lose it, a Good Guy/Gal finds it who hands it back to you.

Quick handy tip, do it next time you go away!

[Update: Some readers pointed out they didn’t know how to get from creating a note to making it visible as wallpaper so here are some further details.

  1. After you’ve created the note, take a screenshot by pressing the top & front buttons at the same time. The screen will “flash” and the image will be saved in your Camera Roll.
  2. Go to your Photos app & to Camera Roll, and select the photo you want.
  3. Press the button with the arrow on the far left and select “Use as Wallpaper”
  4. Go to Settings and set your PIN code so that your phone now requires a PIN code.

When you’ll next wake your phone up from standby, you’ll see the wallpaper telling someone who finds your phone how to get a hold of you, while protecting your personal data by keeping it locked with a PIN.]

10 responses to “Quick Tip To Avoid Losing Your iPhone

  1. You neglect to mention that the first iteration of your handy “Found this phone” wallpaper had your mobile number on it. The mobile… that you’d just lost. 😉

  2. FatBusinessman

    Thank you, Matthew, for bringing this tragic omission to light.

    Although if you hadn’t, I would have. I bet Vero’s glad she’s got friends like us at her back.

  3. I was going to mention that too. After all, you wouldn’t want only half a story to be reported on the interwebs, would you?

  4. Gits, all three of you! Who needs enemies when I’ve got friends like you lot! I was hoping we could just gloss over that bit of the story. Call it the beta version or something…

  5. The BlackBerry has this built in by default – you can leave a message on your lock screen. Mine usual says “Reward if found” then gives my name & address.

    A less scrupulous version I’ve seen simply says
    “This handset has been stolen and is being tracked by the police. Please return to…”

  6. Alexander Baxevanis

    There’s an app in the App Store that can generate a pretty wallpaper like this, with contact details overlaid on top of your favourite image. I’ve no idea what it’s called, if anyone finds it please reply 🙂

  7. Damien

    Nice idea, but how do you get the note to appear as your wallpaper?

  8. Emz

    Now I’m mad I lost my phone and it wasn’t even an iPhone. pooooeyyy!

  9. @Damien: You’re right, I forgot to outline the rest of the process assuming everyone knew what the next steps were.

    I’ll update the post accordingly but here they are:
    1. After you’ve created the note, take a screenshot by pressing the top & front buttons at the same time. The screen will “flash” and the image will be saved in your Camera Roll.
    2. Go to your Photos app & to Camera Roll, and select the photo you want.
    3. Press the button with the arrow on the far left and select “Use as Wallpaper”
    4. Go to Settings and set your PIN code so that your phone now requires a PIN code.

    When you’ll next wake your phone up from standby, you’ll see the wallpaper telling someone who finds your phone how to get a hold of you, while protecting your personal data by keeping it locked with a PIN.

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