What To Do When You Lose Your Phone
One of the most horrifying experiences that can happen to you while travelling or even in your everyday life is losing your mobile phone.
This article will talk about just that and being the optimist that I am, I was able to see the good out of the experience, but I’m here to remind you… prepare ahead. Even if no one would ever want this to happen, sometimes it just happens. I’m here to remind you to find ways to always secure your belongings.
- The minute you lose your phone try to ask or borrow your companion’s phone to activate the “Find iPhone” app so that you can track it.
- Go to the nearest information office to report the stolen or lost phone. You may even ask to see the CCTV if there are nearby cameras in the place it got lost/stolen.
Countries vary in so many ways, there are some that in an instant of leaving it somewhere without supervision it will be good as gone but there are also some countries where you would be able to find it in the lost and found because a kind soul returned it.
Personal examples: my friend accidentally left her phone in Korea airport, the next day I was flying back, I got it for her in the lost and found office.
My horrifying experience happened in Kuala Lumpur, where I left it in the bathroom for three seconds and when I realized it, it was gone.
Countries and places vary, but always be aware of your surroundings.
- Text or call the phone saying you will give a reward if they return the phone. Some people I know have their email and their emergency contacts on the phone in case the phone is found. It makes it much easier for the person who finds it to return it to you.
- Our phone is connected to everything nowadays, log on to the nearest computer and take extra measures by changing your password for emails, bank applications and any other important links you may have. You never know how they may hack your phone and accounts.
- If you’re positive your phone is really LOST, ask someone back in at home to disconnect your phone line to ensure that important text messages linked to your accounts wont be sent to your device anymore.
- Inform your family, workmates and other important people that might be contacting you that your phone is stolen just incase they are worried and looking for you.
- Travel insurance works!
Make sure you get a police report – even if this might take half a day. Because of this, I was able to get compensation for my lost phone and purchased a new phone in less than two weeks after.
Here’s how to prepare yourself IF in case you lose your phone:
- Always have the option in your phone to Find your phone. For iPhone it is “Find iPhone,” for Samsung it is “find my mobile” or in an android go to the android device manager.
- Find time to constantly download your photos into your icloud. Update and backup your phone constantly.
- iCloud usually has only 5GB of storage, almost always if you do not purchase more space from iCloud you will need to keep updating this to ensure that you still have the updated contacts, numbers and apps you really need.
- If you travel with a laptop or iPad, have your different messenger applications downloaded. This helps a lot! I was using my laptop for Viber contacts, Whatssap and Facebook messenger even without my phone for the whole week I was travelling.
I hope this experience never happens to anyone! But if it does, please take all these extra measures, before and even after losing your phone.
On the bright side of things, without having a phone, I was disconnected from everyone but I took the time to reconnect with myself, have more time for reflection and really see and take in all the beautiful views of the country I was in 🙂 and save them all in my personal memory bank.