Find My Phone
By Chris Oklota
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Do you ever worry about losing your phone? How would you get it back?
With Find My Phone, you can leverage all of the capabilities of your iPhone to get it back. This app determines its current location using GPS and packs this info into an email so you know exactly where your phone is. It even includes a Google Maps link to its current location!
After configuring your email and phone number, folks who find your phone can easily get in touch with you right from the app's main screen.
This is a good start, and it is where most apps stop.
But what if the person who found your phone doesn't want to get in touch with you? Maybe they want to keep the nice phone they just found. Wouldn't it be nice if the app could send you its location without requiring any action from the person who found it? Well, with Find My Phone, you can configure the app to send you its location in an email, and to even call you, automatically when it is launched. The person who found your phone may not even realize that this information is getting sent to you when they run the app.
And finally, you can now configure the app to send you an email every hour. For this option to work, you must leave the app running and the phone turned on. In exchange for a decrease in your battery life, you will receive hourly emails detailing your phone's journey.
Don't rely on the person who found you phone knowing which contact to call, or to follow up and actually get in touch with you...be sure of it with Find My Phone.
A couple of points based on reviewer feedback:
- Be sure to launch the app at least twice so it will stop asking the user if it's OK to determine your current location. From that point on, the app will determine its location automatically when launched.
- There is currently no way to launch this app, or any other app, remotely.
- Be sure to add firstname.lastname@example.org to your address book to avoid location emails from being filtered out as spam.
What's New in Version 1.4
Improved accuracy of location reported in emails.
First of all, there is a very low percent of people that would actually return an iPhone--considering the price of it once unlocked.
You open this app and it takes so long for it to respond, and what's with the please wait sign on the buttom? I would immediatly close the app once I see something like that working in the back.
If you want a real tracking device, get Apple's me! It does more than transfer all of your data, you can track you iphone with accurate location, write messages that would show up on the iPhone, and even disable the iPhone from working--which would force a restore, making your data safe from others.
Yes I fell for it.....
Inspite of all the negative reviews I bought this app anyway. Much to my surprise it actually did work, which I didn't really expect. It pinpointed my location to outside my company building. But I whole heartedly agree with many reviewers.
1. You definitely need some kind of stealth activation feature. I doubt a thief will willingly let the app give their location.
2. It's been sugggested to upgrade it by allowing you to remotely activate this feature. That would be allow better than wait for the would be thief to activate it themselves.
Did not work at all. 5 bucks just gone to waste. And my phone is still lost and my mom is mad. Great.
- Category: Travel
- Updated: Jul 07, 2009
- Version: 1.4
- Size: 0.1 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Chris Oklota
- © 2009 CLO Software LLC
Compatibility: Requires iOS 3.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.