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Keeping Track Of Your Cell Phone

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Keeping Track Of Your Cell Phone, Lost iPhone in Grass
If you are like many of us, you spend a lot of time looking for your cell phone. This is a guide about keeping track of your cell phone.


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By 30 found this helpful
May 18, 2010

Seems like I was always forgetting to put my cell phone in my purse after charging it. Now I just leave the phone in my purse while it is charging and haven't forgotten it since.

By cschatz


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By 14 found this helpful
March 8, 2012

As a school secretary, we end up with many cellphones left on the property or playgrounds during off school hours by groups using our building. It was difficult to find the owner of the phone just by checking "contacts" and many phones had to be sent to the recycle center. I just realized how easy it would have been to find the rightful owner if their alternate phone number was listed in the contact list.

I didn't want to identify my name so I put in "Owner of Missing Phone" in the contact list and an alternate phone number for anyone to call to return the phone. Hopefully, I will never need this, but it seems like an easier way to identify who the phone belongs to so it can be returned faster.

By HerkDia from Baltimore, MD


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April 6, 20065 found this helpful

I get around in a motorized wheel chair and have my purse on the footrest between my feet when I go out. If my cell phone would ring, the call would be gone by the time I got it out of my purse usually. At my sister's suggestion, I crocheted a case to fit around the phone. My granddaughter crocheted a chain for it. I attached her chain and wear it around my neck whenever I am not at home. I have had many compliments on such a good idea.

By Linda from Bloomington, Illinois

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April 19, 2012

My young teens share a phone, so when they have events that my husband and I are not always at, they can call us if need be. Needless to say, it gets left or lost at times, each kid thinks another has it. In one case, another kid picked it up as it was identical to his.


Finally, after it disappeared AGAIN, I took a photo of a note that read "If this cell phone is found, please call XXX-XXX-XXXX" with the x's representing my phone number. I then made that photo the screen saver on the phone.

My daughters thought I was nuts, but when it was lost again, I got a phone call telling me they found a phone with my note on it. Got the phone back, didn't have to replace it, and everyone was happy.

By April from NW, MO

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February 13, 2008

Stay in touch while gardening by making a holster for a cordless phone out of an old shoe. Nail an old shoe to a stake and place it in the garden to hold the phone. Now there's no more running back into the house to grab the phone, and the phone stays out of the dirt.


Source: Typical Mary Ellen

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By 5 found this helpful
November 24, 2008

When I leave my cell phone at night to charge, and in order to not forget it the next morning, I put the cell phone inside my purse with the cord visibly sticking out. When I am ready to leave the house in the morning, I am "forced" to remember my cell phone. I then detach the cord and leave the house smiling at this clever reminding method.

By Elena from Edmonton

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By 4 found this helpful
June 6, 2011

I used to forget my phone whenever I had it on charge. Now, I use an ice cream stick (the rounded kind). I wrote the word "PHONE" on it. Whenever I have my phone charging up, I place the stick on the end of my table where I am sure to see it.

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By 5 found this helpful
December 13, 2010

So many cell phones look alike these days, and if the battery has run down, there is no way to tell whose is whose! Using a label maker, put your first name and an alternative phone number on the back so that if yours is lost, it can be returned.

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By 2 found this helpful
June 3, 2009

I'm sure I'm not the only one who frequently has to go on a scavenger hunt to retrieve my cell phones and keys. The cell phone problem is solved by simply calling it from another phone and tracking it down.

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By 1 found this helpful
March 28, 2011

Those who know me, know that I am NOT one of the most organized people in the world. I finally figured out how to not leave my cell phone behind when I leave the house!

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By 0 found this helpful
April 3, 2008

So many of my friends, talk about letting their cell phone batteries run down and then they can't make any calls. I recharge my cell phone when 1 to 2 times a week, or as needed, but only at nighttime, when I'm sleeping. This way, it's already to use, anytime I need it.

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March 31, 2006
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By 0 found this helpful
July 22, 2010

It seems like I spend half my life looking for my cell phone, which is always where I'm not. One time I saw a pattern for a crochet bag that you wear around your neck, so I made one, but it banged on my chest when I walked and drove me nuts.

Does anyone have an ingenious idea for keeping your phone on your body as you move about the house? (My husband has no problem, but he wears overalls. Don't think I'll be doing that.)
Thanks to all for your creative thoughts. I love, love, love this site. Learn so much every day.

By Rita from Kansas City

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July 22, 20100 found this helpful

I don't carry my phone around with me when I'm at home. I have a little table near the door where we keep our keys and letters to be mailed. I leave my cell phone there. When it rings I might have to walk a distance but at least I know where it is. If you have no room for a table you could put the phone in a case and hang it from a hook or doorknob, but always put it in the same place. HTH

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July 22, 20100 found this helpful

How about making something that would attach to your upper arm. I see people jogging with a cd player attached to their upper arm. They listen to music as they jog and it leaves their hands and arms free to swing as they run.

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July 28, 20100 found this helpful

I agree with Olive. Have a place where you keep the phone in each room and do not ever place it elsewhere. Even if you have to go to each room looking for it, you will at least know where to look.

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July 28, 20100 found this helpful

I have a case for my cell phone that has a clip on it so it can be fastened to my belt, or a pocket. That's the best solution. Shop for one of those.

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July 28, 20100 found this helpful

They make arm holsters or clip on holders to clip to your waist bands, why not try one of those? Or wear a shirt with a pocket on the front to carry it in.

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July 28, 20100 found this helpful

I usually keep my phone in my pocket but at home I try to lay it on the dining room table so if it rings I know where it is. Sometimes though, it gets misplaced. Go to this link: ,and there is a place to type in your phone number and a place to click to make the phone ring--so I can find it pretty quick. I made a short cut to this site & put it on my desktop for even quicker finding.

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July 28, 20100 found this helpful

At home, I keep it in my bra (easy access!). When I lose it at home I go to:

Which will call your phone for free so you can find it from the ringing. Good luck

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July 29, 20100 found this helpful

I lost mine more when I tried to keep it in the holster and then the bra.

Ok, so I carried the garbage out for pickup and it caught on the bin, flipped the phone out of the holster into it. Well, it had rained and an inch or two was on the bottom. So when I realized the phone was missing, hubby retraced my steps and found it. Wet. Ok had to get a new one.

Then tried the bra thing. Well, was on the way out the door to the pool with the kids, did not have a pocket so tucked it in the bra of my suit. Got home and could not find the darn phone. Till I changed clothes. Yep. Swam for 2 hrs in my bra. Water soaked again. Those were $50 replacements. Needless to say, I don't get the pricey phones. I won't pay the insurance as the chances are you don't do stupid after stupid. Now i do a pocket thing or set it on a plate/candy dish/etc. Something that will vibrate when it rings. It is not my lifeline, I don't give it out, only family has it and most text me rather than call so i can get back/solve their issue, etc. (You know your kids call for you to fix what ever the issue is or do something.)

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March 28, 20110 found this helpful

It's a good idea to charge your phone at night while you sleep so it's ready to start your day with you in the morning. However, I would charge mine during the night and then forget to take it with me in the morning. Now I put my purse and/or keys on the counter behind the phone, so I have to move the phone to get to my things. No more forgetting the phone!

By Janet from Howell MI


Keep Your Keys By Your Cell Phone

I do something similar. I keep the recharging cord at my computer desk and plug the cell phone in there. Mostly I would notice it but occasionally I left behind. So I got the brilliant idea to set my purse on my desk and put the phone sort of hanging inside it. There's no way I can forget my cell anymore. (06/16/2008)

By Debbie52

Keep Your Keys By Your Cell Phone

I have a clip on my phone and just attach the key ring to the clip, works every time. (10/15/2008)

By piki viki

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November 24, 20080 found this helpful

When leaving the house, did you forget to take your cell phone because it was plugged into the charger in an out of the way location?

After doing this several times, I hit upon an idea that has functioned beautifully ever since.

I took a small shiny golden colored beaded embroidered little turtle change purse (the idea being that you need something small, brightly colored and whimsical) and I left in next to the charger.

When I use the charger, I place the shiny turtle where my phone is usually located by my purse. That way, when I grab my purse to head out the door, I see the shiny turtle and remember to remove the cell phone from the charger.

The rest of the story is that my teen fell in love with the shiny turtle and I substituted something eye catching like an old mini 3 inch tall Barbie doll back pack (not shiny). Shiny works better.

I know I have another beaded mini change purse somewhere around here and as soon as I find it, I am going to replace the mini plaid back pack with it.

By Holly from Richardson, TX


Remembering Your Cell Phone

Good idea! I keep my purse near the plug in for the charger. Then when I charge the phone, I place the phone in my purse while it charges. (10/27/2005)

By ddabson

Remembering Your Cell Phone

I do the same thing as ddabson, keep the purse and charger near each other and the I lay the phone over my purse while it's charging. (10/27/2005)

By Michele

Remembering Your Cell Phone

I use a similar idea. My cellphone is attached to my purse by one of those coiled things that has a loop on one end and a hook (attached to a zipper on the purse) on the other. When my phone is charging I leave the coil dangling from the side of my purse and this lets me know to get the phone out of the charger. When the phone is ready it is kept in a pouch inside my purse. When it rings I can just grab the coil thingy and pull my purse out.
Ellen (10/28/2005)

By Ellen

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November 24, 20080 found this helpful

To remember to take my cell phone with me after charging it in the bathroom, I put my purse in the bathroom, too. Haven't left the phone and taken my purse since I started doing that!

By Linda


Remembering the Cell Phone

I would think that the dampness of a bathroom is not a safe place for charging a cell phone. I am always hearing about the dangers of your cell phone getting wet. (12/11/2004)

By lannwashburn

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