How to use Find My Windows Phone feature

Find My Windows Phone Feature

Losing or misplacing your phone can be a very distressing affair. Luckily, there are services that will come to your aid, should you find yourself in one such predicament. Windowsphone.com carries a special section called Find my Phone that lets you configure your Windows Phone so that you can find its exact current location, or at the worst, lock or erase your data remotely so that your data is not misused by the finder. In this post, we will show you how to map your Windows phone to this feature so that you will never have to stress yourself out when you realize that your phone is missing.

Configure your Windows Phone to Find my Windows Phone

The first step is to connect your Windows Phone to the web service. To do that:

  1. On your Windows Phone: Ensure that you have created/logged into your Windows phone using a Windows Live ID.
  2. On the Computer: Open up your web browser and navigate to windowsphone.com.
  3. On the top-right of the screen, in the Explore menu, click the Find My Phone dropdown, and click Sign In.
  4. asEnter your Windows Live ID credentials, the same one you used on your phone.
  5. The phone’s location will automatically show up on a map with some details such as the location of the city as well as the time and date of location. Below the info you will find a Print option that will allow you to take a hard copy of the details if you so wish. Besides the location info, you will also see options to ring, lock, and erase the phone.



Make Your Windows Phone Ring Remotely

In the Windows Phone Find my Phone section, you can configure your phone to ring out loud so that if it goes missing you will be able to hear it ring (if it is nearby).

  1. On your computer, go to Windowsphone.com.
  2. On the top-right of the screen, in the Explore menu, click the Find My Phone dropdown, and click Sign In.
  3. Sign in with the same Windows Live ID credentials that you used on your phone.
  4. Click Ring. If your phone is nearby, you will be able to hear it ring, even if it is on vibrate mode, or if its ring volume is low.

Lock Your Windows Phone Remotely

You can also lock your Windows phone remotely with a password and a message. To do this:

  1. On your computer, go to Windowsphone.com.
  2. On the top-right of the screen, in the Explore menu, click the Find My Phone dropdown, and click Sign In.
  3. Sign in with the same Windows Live ID credentials that you used on your phone.
  4. Click Lock. In the Lock your phone section, you will be required to enter a password (if you haven’t created one on your phone), and a message you want to show up on the lock screen. This could be a phone number or email address so that anyone who access your phone can contact you, should they choose to do so. You will also have an option to ring the phone as you lock it.

Once you get back your phone you can use your password to unlock it.

Erase Your Windows Phone Remotely

The final option at your disposal is to erase your Windows phone remotely. Erasing your phone will return your phone to the factory state and once you activate this option, you will lose contact with your phone altogether even using the Find my Phone Windows feature. To do this:

  1. On your computer, go to Windowsphone.com.
  2. On the top-right of the screen, in the Explore menu, click the Find My Phone dropdown, and click Sign In.
  3. Sign in with the same Windows Live ID credentials that you used on your phone.
  4. Click Erase.
  5. Check the box that says I’m sure! Please erase my phone now. You can also remove backups of your phone settings although this won’t delete any SMS messages that you have backed.
  6. Click Erase to confirm the factory reset.

If you have lost your phone and have no hopes of recovering it, be sure to inform your service provider as well as your bank (if you have NFC enabled and have a digital wallet set up).

If you haven’t configured your Windows Find my Phone service just yet, just follow the simple instructions detailed in this tutorial. You won’t regret it!

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