This 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.
- 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.
- Go to your Photos app & to Camera Roll, and select the photo you want.
- Press the button with the arrow on the far left and select “Use as Wallpaper”
- 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.]