Is there anything more frustrating than losing your smartphone at home? In this tutorial, you’ll learn several ways to use Alexa, or any Alexa-enabled device, to find your phone.
Locate my phone: using Alexa’s built-in skill
There are several ways to locate a lost or missing smartphone, including using Alexa’s built-in “Find My Phone” skill.
Once you’ve activated this skill, just say: “Alexa, find my phoneAnd Amazon’s digital assistant will call you.
To activate Find My Phone:
1. Launch the Amazon Alexa app on your smartphone or tablet.
2. In the lower right corner, tap “More”.
3. Tap “Skills & Games”.
4. In the upper right corner, tap the magnifying glass icon.
5. Search for ‘Find my phone’ and select the skill when it appears.
6. Tap “Activate to use”.
7. Read the features and data to which this skill requires access, and if you are OK to continue, press “Allow.”
8. Next, ask your Alexa-enabled device: “Alexa, find my phone. “
9. Alexa will ask for your phone number. Tell him your number slowly and clearly.
10. Once Alexa has your number, it will send a four-digit code to that number. To end the connection, say: “Alexa … »Followed by this code.
11. If your phone starts to ring, congratulations! You have successfully set up Find My Phone!
12. The next time you’re having trouble remembering whether you’ve left your phone in your pocket, purse, drawer, or anywhere in between, just say, “Alexa, find my phoneAnd she will call you.
13. Do you want to add a second (or third or fourth) phone to your Amazon Alexa account? Say it: “Alexa, ask Find My Phone to add another numberAnd she will guide you through the registration process.
International user? Call any number using IFTTT applets
Depending on your location and mobile number, Alexa’s Find My Phone skill may not work for your particular device. For example, in UK Find My Phone only supports UK mobile numbers. If you want to use an international number, then IFTTT (If This Then That) is a viable alternative.
To configure the Call my device applet:
1. Log in to your IFTTT account.
2. Select “Explore”.
3. Search for “Alexa”.
4. When it appears, select the following applet: “Hey Alexa, call my device. There are several ‘Alexa, find my device’ style applets, so be sure to select the one that uses VoIP!
5. Click on “Connect”.
6. Read the description of the applet. By default, this applet is triggered by the phrase “Alexa, call my phone,”But you can modify this command, if necessary.
7. Click on “Save”.
8. You can now trigger this IFTTT applet at any time by telling your Alexa enabled device: “Alexa, call my phone.“
Help me! My device is disabled
We’ve explored two ways to find a lost or missing device, but there’s a catch: both methods require the volume to be turned up on your device!
But what if you lose your smartphone while it is in silent mode?
If you are an Android user, then this is good news: there is an IFTTT applet that can mute your Android device silently, ready to let you trigger a Find My Phone style applet or service.
To configure this applet on your Android smartphone:
1. Find the following IFTTT applet: “Turn off your phone with Amazon Alexa. »Select this applet when it appears.
2. Read the description and if you want to continue, click on “Connect”.
3. If prompted, sign in to your Amazon account.
4. If you lose your Android smartphone, you can turn the volume up to maximum using the following command: “Alexa, trigger the phone silently.“
Amazon Alexa isn’t the only way to track down a lost smartphone. You can use Siri or Google Nest, as Apple and Google have the “Find My Phone” feature for iOS and Android respectively.
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