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
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
Source: Myself, after picking up another phone that looked just like mine.
By Lindy Lou from Adrian, MI
By Karen from Jacksonville, FL
I now have my cell phone in a little leather case with a clip on it and have put an extra house key and car key behind the phone. The next time I'm rushing to get out the door and can't find my cell phone or my car keys, I'll just pick up the phone and dash out with the extras and look for the original set later, when I have some time for a scavenger hunt.
By Sandy from Elon, NC
Source: Someone else on this site suggested putting keys in the fridge with produce you need to take home from the office. This is a tangent from that one.
By MooseMom from Elk Grove, CA
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
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.)
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
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!
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
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