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Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to get a hold of your missing phone. If it’s a smartphone (or even a tablet) running iOS, Android, or even Windows Phone, chances are good it already has the software needed to hunt it down — or there’s an app you can install to track your phone. Here’s our guide on how to find a lost phone or a similar device.

Have you ever wondered what happens to a smartphone after it’s stolen? Read how this filmmaker spied on a thief to find out.

Smartphones

If your lost phone happens to be a smartphone, all three of the major smartphone platform providers (Apple, Google, and Microsoft) include phone retrieval technology in their smartphones. Usually, the way these apps work is through the account associated with your device. For Android devices this is your Google account, for iPhones, this is your iCloud account, and for Windows Phones this is your Microsoft account. All three allow you to remotely lock and wipe your phone, make it ring, and set up special messages to alert whoever finds it.

Of course, these features are only as good as your phone’s battery. If your smartphone dies, it’s about as easy to find as your wallet or anything else you might misplace.

We also recommend caution when communicating with anyone who has found your smartphone. Be careful to avoid giving away any personal information, such as your home address, until you know you’re dealing with someone you can trust. Stick with sending phone numbers or email addresses to communicate how the good Samaritan can return your phone. Here’s how each of the three operating systems work.

How to find a lost Android phone

Android not only offers Google’s proprietary service for finding and managing your device remotely but also a number of third-party apps designed for finding your smartphone. The easiest to use is Find My Device, which is built directly into your Android smartphone through Google Play Services — it can also be used in a browser or downloaded from the Google Play Store. Most devices running Android 2.3 or later should be able to use this feature.

Using the feature is as easy as searching  “Where is my phone” in Google, which will prompt the service to start looking for your smartphone. We’ve previously written about Find My Device and its ability to call you, set up a new password, and make your phone ring from afar, along with the variety of other functions it uses for notification purposes. While you can configure Find My Device ahead of time, the service should be available in the event you lose or misplace your phone. It will use Wi-Fi or GPS to help you hunt down your device.

To verify your Android smartphone has the Find My Device feature turned on, go to Settings > Google (or Google services) > Security and make sure Remotely locate this device is turned on in the Find My Device section.

If you can’t find your smartphone, you can always wipe it to prevent sensitive information from getting into the wrong hands. Your device will need an internet connection, however, and enough juice to communicate with you. In Android 5.0 Lollipop, Google also introduced Factory Reset Protection (FRP). It’s designed to prevent would-be thieves from being able to steal your phone, wipe it, and then use it or sell it. If you factory reset a phone with FRP enabled and try to set it up as a new device, you’ll be prompted to enter the username and password for the last Google account that was registered on the device, and if you can’t, the phone will remain locked.

There are also third-party apps that you can install to help you find your phone. Cerberus Anti-theft is a great app that offers remote access and control, allowing you to obtain more information regarding the whereabouts of your phone. It provides a number of additional features, such as more granular control on how you track your device, screenshots of what your device is doing, photos from the camera to possibly catch the would-be thief, and other, more detailed notifications that Find My Device doesn’t offer. If your device is rooted, there are even more features available to prevent someone from resetting or turning off your device until you can recover it.

Another option for select Samsung smartphones is the Find My Mobile service. It can be used to locate a missing phone, lock it down, or wipe it completely. You’ll need a Samsung account, though, and the Remote Controls options enabled on your phone. To check and see if Find My Mobile is available for your smartphone, go to Settings > Lock screen & Security. If you see Find My Mobile in the menu, you can use the service; enable the Remote Controls options via Settings > Security > Find My Mobile > Remote controls.

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How to find a lost iPhone

The best (and only) way to get your iPhone back is through Apple’s native feature, Find My iPhone. The app comes pre-installed on every iOS device and can display your missing device on a map to help you easily locate and manage it. You’ll need a computer or another iOS device with the Find My iPhone app to deploy this feature, however. Sadly, these features are only available when your phone is powered on and connected to the internet.

To use the feature, simply log into iCloud and open the Find my iPhone feature. The Apple service will locate your phone on a map and give you the option to play a sound on your device, send a message to your phone with “lost mode,” or erase its contents. All of this can be done without any additional configuration.

Find my iPhone is also able to locate your Mac, iPod, and iPad. It’s an incredibly effective tool for tracking down just about any iOS device. Don’t believe us? Check out this story about cops apprehending a criminal by using the app. This is just one of many similar stories where phone-tracking software helped save the day.

Apple also employs another form of security, known as Activation Lock, to keep your iPhone safe from theft. Like the reactivation lock for Samsung smartphones, Activation Lock requires you to enter your Apple ID and password before you can disable Find My iPhone, wipe your device, or reactivate it.

How to find a lost Windows Phone

Windows Phone owners, don’t fret. If you’ve misplaced your smartphone, you too can recover it with the help of Microsoft’s built-in service. The company has built a lost phone feature directly into Windows Phone 8.1 and later iterations thereof, allowing you to easily find the location of your phone or activate its ringer remotely. It doesn’t require additional configuration after you add your Microsoft account either, though it will only work if your device has power and is connected to the internet.

Find My Phone Windows Phone

All you need to do is go to Microsoft’s devices page. There, you should see all your phones and tablets, which you can then locate through the service. You can even add devices that are not currently on the list, remotely lock your devices, and wipe devices you think might have fallen into the wrong hands.

How to find your not-so-smart cell phone

Step 1: Call your cell phone. Listen for the ring or vibration and try to locate your phone through tried-and-true human detection. If your phone is truly lost and in someone else’s hands, then they’re likely to answer if they intend to return the phone. If you don’t have access to a phone, try using wheresmycellphone.com. It will call your phone for free and allow you to leave a message or talk to whoever is on the other side.

Step 2: Retrace your steps. Do a full-fledged visual search. If you couldn’t hear a ring or vibration when you called it, don’t immediately assume that your phone is located far away — the battery could simply be dead.

Step 3: Text your phone. If you believe someone has stolen or possibly found your phone, then send a text message to your phone with your contact info and a reward offer if you choose to do so. There are many online services that allow you to send free text messages, such as txt2day.com.

Step 4: Alert your service provider. If you’ve lost hope of finding it, then call your wireless carrier and let them know your phone is lost. Ask if they offer a GPS locating service. If not, ask them to suspend service to your phone to avoid any possible fraudulent charges. Carriers have differing policies about this, but it’s always worth a try, even for a smartphone. This FCC page has a handy list of numbers.

Step 5: Register your lost phone. If you know your phone’s IMEI number or have it written down somewhere, register it with Immobilize.

Step 6: Prepare for the next time you lose your phone. Maybe you’re one of those people who’s always losing their phone. You may want to consider registering for a tracking service such as AccuTracking.

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How To Make Money Online In Africa

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This was a post we took from the website templeobike.com. A young inspirational writer, businessman and counselor who has constantly changed lives through his mind-set re-programming mantra. We hope this helps someone out there today looking to begin a journey into the online money-making world.
I have been inundated with this question of “How Do You Make Money Online”. So i decided to create a mini blog post around this for someone out there who might need this or might need it for their ward or sibling who just left school.
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When i counsel my clients, one thing i always say is this.

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Become a Youtube Vlogger

With the YouTube app on your hands, literally everything is possible. I’ve seen people who accidentally stumbled on a $100,000 per month opportunity by making funny faces on a day where they were testing out the livestream feature on the YouTube app. The first step is simply to figure out is how to get at least 1,000 people to like your channel and also get 4,000 viewing hours on your content. Your second step is then setting up a google adsense account which will enable you get paid for every content view recorded on your youtube channel. This isn’t as difficult as it seem’s. Ask a digital marketer to show you how. Click here if you need one. You can also decide to create a news blog or a news site where you can create content and then sell advert space when your traffic starts coming in.

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Register As an Agent & List On Property Websites

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Get Creative and Sell Online

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Selling items, products and services online is another great way to make legitimate money online. Upload your product on any of the following sites as a Merchant and have people buy from you. Brand Market, Jumia, Konga. Across these websites, your product reach increases and you stand a higher chance of seeing people interested in buying from you.

Put Your Social Media Handles to Better Use

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Writer/Social Media/Graphic Designer/Speaker?

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Teach People Online and Expand from There

Many people are caught up trying to make money from their products but not realizing they could be making a whole lot more teaching people who want to learn how to get to where they are. Teach others what you know and you could be on a whole new revenue generation path. Engage in one-on-one tutoring sessions or host webinars to teach people. Websites like TrainAfrika allows users to monetize their knowledge by creating online learning materials for other in need of a specific knowledge.

Spare time for Online Questionnaires/Surveys?

This might not be a great way to make money online for many people but helping research companies fill forms and answer questionnaires has been and is still generating revenue for people online. It’s only a few minutes work but it puts some little and quick change in your pocket. Do not overlook this. It works. I have used this means as a buffer when things were tough for me while starting out on my entrepreneurial journey.

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How to Send Money Remittance to Nigeria via Zenith Bank

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With a large population of over 160 Million, Nigeria is regarded as the “Giant of Africa.” Ranking 20th among the world’s largest economies in 2015. Those Nigerians who are working in the US are also actively contributing to make their country’s economy grow. If you are one of them, sending money remittance to Nigeria may be one of your biggest concerns. Learn how you can use Zenith Bank International for this process.

About Zenith Bank International

Zenith Bank International is one of the top banks based in Nigeria. Tapping on their committed employees and new technology adoption, this bank which was established in 1990 has continued to dominate the banking industry in Nigeria. To prove its worth as one of the most trusted banks in Nigeria, it endeavors to provide the best banking products and services to individuals, small businesses and corporations alike.

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Sharemoney and Our Services to Nigeria

Sharemoney has always worked hard on our core commitment to deliver a stellar online money transfer experience to our customers. We have started facilitating money transfers from the United States to Nigeria and below are some of the perks you can enjoy:

  • A small transfer fee that starts at only $3.99
  • Competitive exchange rates. In fact, even better than what other online money transfer service providers can offer when it comes to converting US Dollar to the Nigerian Naira
  • More convenient ways to start your money transaction and every fund transfer thereafter. All you need is to register an account with us by filling up our online form.

Funding Your Money Transfer to Nigeria

In order to facilitate your bank deposits to Nigeria when using Sharemoney, we offer you the choice to use any of the following three funding options most convenient to your needs:

  • Bank account. You can simply key in your US bank account number if you choose to use this funding option upon registration with our website. We will verify your bank account and depending on the time of the day and the day of the week when you initiate the transfer, your loved ones will receive the amount very soon after verification.
  • Debit card. If you want to get rid of the longer verification process for funding a transaction with your bank account and that of the additional fee charged by your credit card company if you choose to use your credit card, using your debit card is highly recommended.
  • Credit card. This method of funding your transaction is the last option you have if you do not have a bank account or a debit card. Note that there will be an additional cost charged by your credit card issuer because this is deemed like a cash advance transaction.

Let your loved ones reap the fruits of your labor at a low cost and at a speedy pace by using Sharemoney for your money remittance to Zenith Bank International in Nigeria!

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