Locate a Lost Mobile Computer or Device Mobile computers and devices sometimes contain a feature that can help you locate it in the event you lose it. If the device does not contain this feature, you may be able to download and install an app that can help you track its location. The following steps guide you through the process of locating a lost mobile computer or device.
a. Before you lose or misplace a mobile computer or device, enable the feature that allows you to track its location remotely.
b. Make sure the GPS feature on your device is enabled. If GPS is not enabled, the device might be more difficult to locate.
c. If you lose your smartphone, try calling it to see if someone answers. He or she may have located your misplaced phone. If nobody answers, send it a text message inquiring about the phone’s location. d. If you lose a device, you can run an app or navigate to a website that will enable you to track the device’s location. The device’s location typically will be displayed on a map and include the approximate address.
e. If the device is in an unfamiliar location, use a service such as Google Maps to obtain driving directions to the location.
f. If the device is in a location other than where you originally lost it, exercise extreme caution while trying to retrieve your device. You might consider contacting a local law enforcement agency to accompany you while trying to retrieve your device.
g. If you are unable to track your device using the above suggestions, consider contacting your mobile service provider to see if they have a way to locate the device.
1. What privacy concerns might arise as a result of keeping the GPS feature on a device enabled?
2. What are names of some apps that can help you track your device’s location in the event it is lost or stolen?
3. In addition to GPS, what other ways might you be able to determine your device’s location?