Tile is a fantastic little gadget that can help you find your lost keys or wallet. However, it can also locate and ring your phone, even if you never buy a single physical Tile. Here’s how to find your lost phone using the Tile app on the web.

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For simply locating or ringing your phone, you can use Android Device Manager or Find My iPhone (and it’s probably a good idea to set those up anyway). However, Tile comes in handy since in addition to finding or ringing your phone, you can track it down in person with a Tile tracker directly. Use the web portal to locate your phone and send an “I’m lost!” notification to it, then you can head to that spot and use the Tile on your keychain to easily ring it when you’re within range.

For the purposes of this article, we’ll assume you’ve already set up the Tile app on your phone. When you create your Tile account, your phone will be registered as its own Tile. If you have a physical Tile Mate or Tile Slim, you can double-click the button beneath the logo to ring your phone if it’s within range. If it’s not within range, however, you can still locate it on the web. To get started, head to Tile’s website here and click Log In.

Enter the email address and password associated with your Tile account and click Sign in.

Once you’re logged in, you’ll see a map of the last place your phone was seen. If you need to ring or notify your phone, click on it in the gray box to the left.

Click the gray Connect button.

From here, you have two options. You can click the green Find button to ring your phone. This will make your phone ring, even if it’s on silent. Use this if you think you’re near your phone so you can hear it under the couch cushion or in your other pants pocket. The other option (which we’ll come back to) is a blue button labeled “Lost Mode ON.” This lets you send a notification to your phone that anyone who finds your phone can see. For now, click Find.

On your phone, you should hear a ringtone. The Tile app will also open and a card will appear at the top of the screen to let you know that someone is remotely ringing your phone. If you ever see this notification when you’re not trying to find your phone, take steps to secure your account. If you’re the one finding your phone, tap “Stop ringing.”

As we mentioned earlier, you have another option on the web called “Lost Mode ON.” Click this button to send a notification to your phone. This will appear on your lock screen, giving instructions to anyone who finds your phone. If your phone was stolen, this won’t be much help, but if it was picked up by a helpful stranger, you can use this to reach out to them and hopefully get your phone back quicker. Click the blue button to customize your message.

Click the Edit pencil icon in the top-right corner of the gray box.

First, you can enter a phone number that the person who found your phone can call you on. Obviously, you can’t use your own phone number, since they have your phone. However, if you’re with a friend or family member, enter their phone number and then the person who found your phone can call them so you can arrange a pickup. Once you’ve entered a number (or if you’d like to skip that part), click Next.

Next, you can enter a customized message that your phone’s finder will see. By default, it says “Help, I’m lost! Please call my owner.” If you entered a phone number in the previous step, it will be shown separately. You can also customize this message if you need to. For example you can write “I’m coming back to the bar, please leave my phone with the host stand!” or similar instructions.

On the next screen, you can preview your message before you send it. If you need to change anything, click the back arrow in the top-left corner of the gray box. Otherwise, click Done.

On your phone, you’ll get a notification that looks like this. If you have your lock screen enabled, this should still show up unless you’ve blocked all notifications on the lock screen. Hopefully whoever finds your phone will notice it. There’s no guarantee, but it’s always worth a shot!

As long as your phone stays on and connected to the internet, you should be able to follow its GPS location to track down your phone. The ringing and notification features are helpful add-ons that can help you narrow down where you lost it.

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