How to Locate Your Lost Phone with the Amazon Echo

It’s all too easy to lose your phone around the house, especially if you’re prone to losing things in general. However, your Amazon Echo can help you find it using some neat third-party services.

There are two ways to do this. If you don’t mind installing an app on your phone, TrackR is the fastest option. It can ring your phone in seconds, even if it’s on silent. If you’d rather not load up your phone with extra bloat, though, you can use IFTTT to call your phone. However, this will only work if your phone isn’t on silent mode.

Method One: Find Your Phone Fast with TrackR

TrackR uses Bluetooth trackers to find things like your keys or wallet. However, you can also use it to find your phone without buying a thing. Best of all, it has a third-party Alexa skill so you can find your phone with a simple voice command, even if it’s set to silent. To get started, first download the TrackR app for Android or iOS.

Open the app and choose “Find Your Phone With Alexa.”

Next, the app will prompt you to enable the TrackR Alexa skill. You can do so by saying “Alexa, enable the Find My Phone skill.”

Once the skill is enabled, pair your phone with your Echo by saying “Alexa, ask TrackR for my PIN code.” Then enter in the box below.

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Once your phone is successfully paired, you can ask your Echo to find it for you by saying “Alexa, ask TrackR to ring my phone” or “Alexa, ask TrackR to call my phone.” Your phone will start ringing loudly. It won’t find your phone’s GPS location on a map, unfortunately. If you left your phone at the bar, you might want to use something more powerful like Android Device Manager. For finding it in between the couch cushions, however, TrackR is one of the fastest, easiest methods around.

Method Two: Find Your Phone Without Installing an App Using IFTTT

If you haven’t used IFTTT before, check out our guide to getting started for info on how to create an account and connect apps. Then, come back here to create the necessary “applet” for using your Amazon Echo to find your lost phone.

For your convenience, we’ve created the applet in its entirety here–so if you’re already well versed in IFTTT, just click the link and turn it on. You’ll need to connect the Alexa channel, as well as the Phone Call channel if they aren’t already. Keep in mind that this will only work if your phone isn’t on vibrate or silent mode.

If you want to customize the applet, here’s how we created it. Start by heading to IFTTT’s home page and log in. Then, click your profile picture.

Next, click on “New Applet.”

Click on “this” highlighted in blue.

Type “Alexa” in the search box or find it in the grid of products and services below. Click on it when you find it.

Next, click on “Say a specific phrase”.

Under “What phrase?”, type in the phrase that you’ll say whenever you need your Amazon Echo to locate your lost phone. This can be whatever you want, but keep in mind that you’ll have to say “trigger” and then the phrase. For instance, if you make the phrase “locate phone”, you’ll need to say “Alexa, trigger locate phone.” Click on “Create Trigger” when you’re done.

Next, click on “that” highlighted in blue.

Type in “phone call” in the search box or find the Phone Call channel in the list below. Click on it when you find it.

Under “Choose an Action,” click on “Call my phone.”

On the next screen, you’ll be asked to enter in the message that you want to hear when you answer the phone. You can’t leave it blank, so you’ll need to type something here. It doesn’t matter what.

When you’re done, click on “Create Action”.

On the next screen, give the applet a custom title if you want, and then click on “Create Applet”.

After that, you can go up to your Amazon Echo and say “Alexa, trigger locate phone” (or whatever phrase you picked out) and Alexa will call your phone so that you’ll be able to hear the ringtone and hopefully locate it in your house.

This will work even if you left your phone in another location entirely, but obviously you won’t be able to hear it if it isn’t nearby. Instead, it will likely annoy whoever did end up finding your phone. But hey, that’s still something.

Craig Lloyd writes about smarthome for How-To Geek, and is an aspiring handyman who loves tinkering with anything and everything around the house. He's also a mediocre gamer, aviation geek, baseball fan, motorcyclist, and proud introvert.


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