How to Find a Lost Phone With Google Home

Find your phone with simple, "OK Google," instructions

A smartphone someone left in the fridge.

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Losing your phone is never a good feeling, but it can be especially frustrating when you know that it is in the house and you still can't find it. Your Google Home or Google Home Mini speaker can help! Follow these steps to get set up and the next time your phone falls under the couch all you'll have to say is "OK Google, find my phone."

There are some basic requirements for the "Find My Phone" command to work. Your phone must:

  • Be turned on.
  • Be signed into Google.
  • Have WiFi or mobile data service.
  • Have your phone number tied to your Google Account.

Before you lose your phone (again) you'll need to set up your device to be connected to your Google Home or Google Home Mini. This varies slightly between Android devices and Apple, but it's possible to use the "Find My Phone" function with either device.

If more than one person uses your Google Home or Google Home Mini speaker then you'll need to make sure you've enabled Voice Match. This is done in Settings > Google Assistant Services > Voice Match. This way, your speaker will recognize your voice and call the correct phone number.

Find My Phone on Google Home With an Android Device

Setting up your Google Home or Google Home Mini to call your phone only requires a few steps for Android users.

  1. Allow your phone to be visible on Google Play. Go to play.google.com/settings and under Visibility make sure a check mark appears next to Show in menus which allows your device to be seen.

    Screenshot showing how to make Android Phones appear in Google Play.
  2. Test it out by saying, "Hey Google, find my phone," to your nearest Google Home or Google Home Mini speaker. Your speaker will confirm by asking you if it should call the number ending in the last four digits of the number tied to your Google account. Say "Yes," and Google Home will call your phone.

A particularly nice feature for Android devices is that your phone will ring even if it's on Do Not Disturb mode.

Find My Phone on Google Home With an Apple Device

An Apple Device requires a little more setup than an Android, but "OK Google, find my phone," will still work for you. Here's how to make sure your devices are able to be found the next time your phone wanders off.

Apple devices can connect with Google Home and Google Home Mini by downloading the Google Assistant app. Siri is great, but if you own a Google Home device, this connection can be useful.

  1. Make sure that your phone number is tied to your Google account. To double check open the Google Assistant app, click the Profile Icon at the top right, and then click the Google profile that you're managing and select Manage your Google Account. Your phone number will be listed under Personal Info & Privacy.

    Screenshots showing how to make your phone number visible to Google Home on iPhone.
  2. If you haven't already, set up Voice Match by going to Settings in the Google Assistant app.

  3. Test it out by saying, "Hey Google, find my phone," to your nearest Google Home or Google Home Mini speaker and say "Hey Google, find my phone." Your speaker will confirm by asking you if it should call the number ending in the last four digits of the number tied to your Google account. Say "Yes" and Google Home will call your phone.

If your ringer is turned on, your Apple device should now be ringing, waiting for you to rescue it from under your bed or the bottom of your backpack. However, it only vibrate if you're on Do Not Disturb or Silent modes.

Happy phone hunting!