3 Ways to Locate a Lost Phone Using Alexa

Use your virtual assistant to make that phone ring

Nobody likes losing their phone. With Alexa and Amazon Echo, you may never have to worry about this inconvenience again. There are several different apps and IFTTT setups you can use to help locate your phone when it's gone missing. Here are a few of our favorites and how to get them set up.

There are numerous ways you can have Alexa locate your phone. Alexa is always adding new skills, so keep an eye out for other ways to find lost or missing devices.

Make an Alexa Tracker Using the TrackR App

One of the official Find My Phone apps supported by Alexa-enabled devices is TrackR. It's fairly easy to set up, but doesn't work for every situation. Here's how to check if it will work with your device:

This method requires you to download and enable a service prior to losing your device.

  1. Download and enable TrackR on your Alexa device. You can do this through your connected mobile device (the phone or tablet you've linked to your device), or simply say "Alexa, ask TrackR to find my phone."

    tracker alexa page
  2. Download the TrackRapp on the device you want to be able to locate. You can find it in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

  3. Launch the app on your mobile device, then select Add A New Device.

  4. Tap Alexa Integration, then follow the onscreen prompts to connect the mobile device to your Echo device.

  5. There will be a few more steps to follow where you will need to link a PIN from your Alexa-enabled device to your mobile device. Follow the onscreen instructions to finish linking your accounts together.

  6. You will now have two new commands enabled. If you say "Alexa, ask TrackR to find my phone," your Alexa device will tell you the address of your phone's last known location. If you say "Alexa, ask TrackR to ring my phone," it will do exactly that.

Use Cell Phone Finder to Have Alexa Call a Lost Phone

Cell Phone Finder can be a bit harder to set up, but not every phone is compatible with TrackR. Most reviews suggest that if one of these two doesn't work with your device, the other will. Here's how to set up Cell Phone Finder.

This method requires you to download and enable a service prior to losing your device.

  1. Download the Cell Phone Finder app onto your Alexa-enabled device. You can download it manually through the app store, or say "Alexa, enable Cell Phone Finder."

    cell phone finder alexa page
  2. Link your phone to the skill by calling the number (415) 212-4525 from the phone you want registered with the app.

  3. Once you've called the number, say "Alexa, ask Cell Phone Finder what my PIN code is."

  4. Input the PIN into your phone and the two devices should now be connected.

  5. To use the skill, say "Alexa, start Cell Phone Finder and call me." Your linked device should start ringing.

    You can only have one mobile device connected through this skill. If you want to connect a different mobile device, you'll need to uninstall the skill and have Alexa relearn it by going through the registration process again.

Use IFTTT to Set up Your Own Custom Alexa Skill

This one is a bit more complex, but it will also teach you how to use a system that helps you connect all sorts of devices. It involves use of the service IFTTT ("If This Then That").

ifttt home page

IFTTT is a website that allows you to create connections between different internet-connected devices, setting up connections that would otherwise be impossible. Here's how to connect your two devices so you can set up the connection between the two:

This method requires you to download and enable a service prior to losing your device.

  1. Go to ifttt.com and either sign up for a free account or log in to an existing account.

  2. Select Create at the top of the screen.

    The Create heading on IFTTT.com
  3. Click Add next to If This.

    The Add button on IFTTT.com
  4. An alphabetical list of services will appear. locate Amazon Alexa and click it.

    The Amazon Alexa service on IFTTT.com
  5. The next screen contains triggers that will activate the applet. Choose Say a specific phrase.

    The "Say a specific phrase" trigger on IFTTT.com
  6. If you haven't already connected your Echo device to IFTTT, click Connect on the next screen.

    The "Connect Service" screen on IFTTT.com
  7. Follow the prompts in the new window to sign in to your Amazon account and grant permission to IFTTT.

  8. On the next screen, enter the phrase you want to use to locate your phone and select Create Trigger.

    To activate the applet, you'll say, "Alexa trigger" and then whatever phrase you type into this box.

    A trigger phrase on IFTTT.com
  9. You'll return to the applet creation page, where your trigger will appear in the If box. Now, select Add next to Then That.

    The Add button next to "Then That" on IFTTT.com
  10. You'll go back to the list of services. Search or scroll to find the Phone Call button, and then select it.

    The Phone Call service is only currently available in the U.S.

    The "Phone Call" service on IFTTT.com
  11. Click Call my phone.

    If you haven't added your phone number to IFTTT, follow the onscreen prompts to do so.

    The "Call my phone" action on IFTTT.com
  12. Write a message for IFTTT to deliver when it calls your phone. Select Add Ingredient to include a tag like the time the applet activated.

    The Add Ingredient button on IFTTT.com
  13. Select Create Action to finish the applet.

  14. Review the elements of your applet and select Continue.

    A final applet on IFTTT.
  15. On the next screen, you can make final adjustments, including changing the title and receiving a notification when the applet runs. To finalize the applet, click Finish.

    The final review screen for an applet on IFTTT.com
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