What To Do If Your Phone is Lost or Stolen

What To Do If Your iPhone is Lost or Stolen

Hopefully you never have to experience the anxiety of having your iPhone lost or stolen, but if you do, here are a few things to consider:

– All of your lock codes, Apple ID passwords and two-factor authentications that can sometimes be so bothersome to remember now prove to be an asset, as they offer both protection for the data on your device and also ways to find if it is lost.
– Having a lock code and associated fingerprint you use to open your phone will allow someone without your code or your finger to not be able to access your sensitive data such as photos, notes and much more.
– One preventative measure you can use to reduce the probability of permanently losing your iPhone is to have Find My iPhone activated. You can check that out by going to Settings, [your name], iCloud, Find my iPhone. Nobody will be able to turn this feature off without knowing your iCloud password.
– If Find My iPhone has been activated on your lost or stolen device, find another phone or computer and log on to iCloud.com. Once you enter your Apple ID and Apple ID password, you will be shown a map with the general location of your iPhone.
– Once your device has been located, you will have the option to play a sound from it to help you find its specific location, to erase the data from it or to place it in Lost Mode, which will display a phone number and message on the device and render every other feature unavailable.
– Keep in mind that Lost Mode, Play Sound and Erase Phone will no work if the phone is not connected to either cell service or Wi-Fi, but will be activated whenever the phone is connected to either of these two.
– If your phone is stolen, don’t try to retrieve yourself. Call the police.
– Contact your cell phone carrier to report the phone as lost or stolen to block its use on another carrier’s network.

Ten Useful iPhone Accessories

With Christmas fast approaching at the time of this post, and with much of the world owning iPhones, Midcoast iPhone Repair presents a list of ten iPhone useful accessories.

  1. Tile is a small unit which can be attached to such items as car keys which can easily be lost. With a 200-foot range and through Bluetooth technology, use your iPhone to locate the whereabouts of your lost items. Also, locate your lost iPhone with this product.
  2. For those who cycle (like myself), having a handy mount to attach your iPhone to your ride allows you, among other things, to use exercise apps to enjoy real-time statistics on such type of data as speed, distance and calories burned. The Rokform Pro-Series Adjustable Bike Mount is one such item.
  3. Some iPhones (such as the iPhone 7) have no headphone jack. Use this adapter to connect your corded headphones through your charger port.
  4. Has the person on your list been REALLY good this year? Consider gifting them a drone, some of which, like this model, can be operated from one’s iPhone.
  5. The Cardly card holder is priced low enough to serve as a useful stocking stuffer. Once adhered to the back of an iPhone, users can place such forms of ID as a drivers license, school ID and debit cards within it.
  6. A bluetooth speaker is a handy and moderately-priced gift for music lovers. Also, for a limited time, Spotify is offering those with family memberships a free Google Home Mini.
  7. Amateur photographers might appreciate this reasonably-priced stocking stuffer which allows smartphone users more options while taking photos. The CamKix Deluxe Universal 5-in-1 Camera Lens Kit is highly rated and useful.
  8. It’s a good idea to have your phone in a case. Lifeproof is one of the highest-quality, offering water protection. Otterbox cases are sometimes too bulky for practical use, but do tend to keep phones pretty safe. Other companies like Spigen offer less-expensive options which still provide ample protection. And for those who like shiny things and prefer image over safety, there are always these.
  9. I’m not a big fan of Selfie Sticks, but I’m not sure why. Please don’t get me one, but someone else might appreciate it. For those who don’t know, a Selfie Stick allows you to attach your phone to the end of a pole so you can take better photos of yourself and those around you.
  10. I recently needed a sleep study, but didn’t want to make the financial investment. I ended up getting a FitBit, which records the length and quality of my sleep, dividing it into categories and showing me when I was awake, in REM, light and deep sleep. Worth the money for that feature alone. But the unit also records your heart rate and amount of steps per day, plus much more. Connects to iPhone by Bluetooth for a more-in-depth reporting of statistics.

My Top Five iOS12 Features

1. Speed – Overall, there have been reports of greater speed, even with older devices, and I have found this to be the case in my me experience with my own iPhone 6S.
2. Do Not Disturb – This pre-existing feature now has more functionality, including the ability to set it until you leave a certain location and to have it activated for only an hour.
3. Enhanced Battery Stats – You can now get much more information on your battery usage, also while retaining the system’s battery health indicator from iOS 11 which lets you know how close you are to your battery needing to be replaced.
4. Measure App – A really great tool to get approximate measurements with. Should probably not be used when precise lengths are needed.
5. Screen time – Under settings, a good way to manage screen time, app usage and restrictions on your iPhone.

How To Combat Smartphone Addiction

Many of us are frustrated with how often we and those around us use our smart phones. Today we share a few suggestions on how to help limit usage, including keeping your phone out of the bedroom, trying to not have it when you are around groups of people, turning off notifications, hiding some of the apps that take most of your attention, and even making your screen black and white.

What To Do With Old Devices

Mobile devices don’t last forever. Many breaks and malfunctions can be repaired, but at some point people find themselves accumulating devices in various conditions.

What should you do with these devices? Here are some ideas.

1. Devices that have some but not all of their functionality can be kept around the house and used for such things as alarm clocks, television remotes, sleep recorders, etc. An iPhone that is not activated with a cell phone carrier can still be used like an iPod and might be a good alternative if you’d like some of the phones functionality while not being bothered by phone calls or texts.
2. Phones in any condition can be donated to such organizations as cellphonesforsoldiers.com, which uses the donations to offer free cell phone time for military personnel. Functional but nearly obsolete devices can oftentimes be donated to such places as nursing homes to be used for listening to music by patients.
3. If your phone is completely dead but you are uncomfortable donating it because of your data on it, you could have a repair shop remove its battery and you could take a hammer to it before surrendering it to a transfer station. Never do damage to a phone with its battery inside. That will not go well for you.
4. Phones in perfect working condition can be sold on such places as craigslist, Facebook marketplace through online auctions and phone resellers.
5. If you have a phone that you assume is dead but have never had checked, consider visiting a repair shop where you may be able to get a free diagnosis and also the hope that the device could be brought back to life for a reasonable price.