You’re already 20 minutes late and have looked everywhere for your phone: the back of the sofa, the kitchen drawers, the bin, the garden shed. If only there was a simpler way and you could get Alexa to find your phone for you…
Before we begin, a quick note that this is a preventative step. If you’ve already lost your trusty mobile, you’ll have to rely on the old-fashioned “call my phone for me, will you?” technique.
Use Alexa to find your phone
Find My Phone is a skill that lets you command Alexa to make your smartphone ring or vibrate. To enable the incredibly useful tool, open the Alexa app on your device, tap the menu button in the top-left of the screen and select Skills. Type “Find My Phone” into the search bar and tap the first result (it’s the logo with the cutesy vibrating phone in a speech bubble).
Once you’re on the Find My Phone page, tap the big blue Enable button.
You will then have to allow the skill to access your Profile. To do so, simply click the highlighted Allow button.
After that’s done, you’ll be greeted with a congratulatory message, which includes the command “Alexa, Find My Phone”.
However, you’re not quite finished yet. Say “Alexa, Find My Phone” and your Echo device will ask for your phone number (try to speak as clearly as possible), before sending you a four-digit code via SMS.
The final step is to say “Alexa, [code]” and, hey presto, you’ll never need to worry about losing your phone again. Unless it’s out of battery, of course…