How to Keep From Losing or Destroying Your Smartphone
Whether your smartphone is just a phone to you or a little mobile assistant that holds all of your most critical information, you’ll probably agree that losing your phone would be a major pain.
Cell phones and smartphones are basically our links to the outside world. It wasn’t as much of a problem a few years ago to lose one, because we all had landlines, or office phones, or jobs that actually didn’t depend on constant access to email, voicemail and the internet. But now, losing, dropping or otherwise destroying your phone is tantamount to putting yourself temporarily out of order!
Here are a few ways to keep from losing or destroying your phone.
Zomm, The Digital Leash For Your Smartphone
The two things we love most about smartphones are the two things that make them most vulnerable. They’re small and mobile. How many times a day do you see someone walking around holding their phone in their hand? They’re not talking or texting, they’re just holding it. Until they go to pick up something else. Then they put it down. And walk away… Without it. Not that you would ever do something like that, right?
Fortunately, now there is a way for your phone to tell you where it is! It’s called Zomm. Zomm is a poker chip-sized device that’s a virtual leash for your cell phone. All you do is put your Zomm on your keychain and if you go more than ten feet away from your phone – or if it “wanders” ten feet away from you – it lets out a loud alert to remind you to go back and grab it ASAP. It’s also great if someone helps themselves to your phone! Kind of like giving your phone a way to call for help.
And that’s not all Zomm can do. With the Zomm car kit, it also becomes a hands-free speakerphone and an emergency panic button. Just a push of the button summons 911 or a pre-programmed emergency number like your spouse or your friend.
Find My iPhone or iPad App
With Find My iPhone, one of Apple’s most popular apps, if you misplace your iPhone or iPad, you can send a signal to your misplaced device, to have it send out a signal so you can locate it, the moment you realize it’s missing. With the GPS locator built into the app, you can also find the phone via your Mac or iPad. And if the phone has been stolen, the app also includes a way to immediately wipe it of all information and disable it. Crisis averted, thanks to Find My iPhone!
DriFone Smartphone Rescue Dry Case
Have you ever dropped your phone in water? We haven’t, thank goodness, but we sure have a lot of friends who have, and it can be a nightmare! People have as many tricks to dry out a waterlogged phone as there are types of cell phones. But no matter how sure your best friend is that her method works best, there is one tried and true way to bring a drowned phone back to life.
It’s called DriFone (by the makers of Dry All and it’s a special drying case for smartphones that fits most types of popular phones. And even if it doesn’t fit your phone, Dry All has a variety of drying bags filled with patented drying material to bring nearly every wet phone back to life. So if you or your spouse has a tendency to drop phones into water, you should probably keep one or two kits on hand.
Lookout Phone Backup
The Lookout Mobile Security App, which works with Android and BlackBerry smartphones, can help you locate a missing phone via an onscreen map or lock your phone if it’s lost or stolen. You can also use it to back up the contacts on your phone and if you lose your phone or if it crashes, you can simply transfer all of your contacts to your new phone.
While you’re here, be sure to check out our other posts like How To Put An ICE Contact On Your iPhone, or How To ICE Your Samsung Galaxy to learn everything you need to know about ICEing your phone. And while you’re feeling proactive, don’t forget to put ICE Contacts on your spouse’s and kid’s phones too, along with each other’s contact information.
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