Find My iPhone is great, but there are other options out there. Whether you use an iPhone or an Android device, these apps can help you find a lost phone, and even identify the thief who stole it.
Learn more about the benefits of this app in the video above.
Prey is a solid alternative to Find My iPhone. Available for both iPhone and Android devices, Prey allows you to remotely control your device in the event or loss or theft. You can snap a picture of the thief, or write a unique message to be displayed on your phone so that a good samaritan can return it to you.
Pros:Free (Pro upgrade available)Protect up to 3 devices with one single accountTrigger a loud alarm remotely even if your phone is put on silentFast setupEasy to navigate
Cons:Only stores up to 100 reports per device (and this is only for Pro users)You need to log into your account from a web browserMay decrease battery life during long searchesSomewhat limited number of additional language options at this timeIf you are running a very old OS on your phone, Prey may not be compatible
Theftie is an Android app that helps you to find a lost phone. The app takes a “selfie” of the thief, and also locates your phone. This will enable you or law enforcement to get your stolen property back. Additionally, you’ll have the option to send your data to your Google Drive to back up your vital info.
Pros:FreeSimple user interfaceAuto-lock when an intruder attempts to enter wrong unlock codeRemote control via web/SMS commandRescue your data when your phone has been stolen
Cons:Appears to be Android only, at least for nowDevice must be running Android 4.0 or upApp is only on Version 1.1, may have some bugs that still need to be worked outSome users have reported app “goes off” without causePhotos and data uploaded to their server are deleted after 5 days
3. avast! Anti-Theft
Learn more about this app in the video above.
avast! Anti-Theft comes from the trusted makers of avast! antivirus, so you can feel confident in their ability to protect your device and your data. avast! Anti-Theft allows users to find a lost phone, remotely lock it, or even remotely wipe all of the data. Premium features include Geofencing and remote data retrieval.
Pros:Free to downloadManage your device via a web-based interface or SMSSend an on-display message to the phoneCustomizable alarmRemote data retrieval
Cons:Not available on iPhoneSome features only available with Premium membershipFor a more full protection suite, you should install avast! Free Mobile Security insteadPremium pricing is $1.99 monthly, or $14.99 yearlySome Android users have reported annoying errors
4. Whistle Phone Finder
If you have a bad habit of “losing” your phone in the couch cushions or under a pile of laundry, this app can help you locate your phone. All you need to do is whistle. It’s a good solution to annoying tech problem. Plus, whistling to find your phone has the fringe benefit of making you feel like Yondu from Guardians of the Galaxy.
Pros:Adjustable whistle sensitivity level10 different soundsColorful UIMove your app from phone to SDDesigned to not drain your battery
Cons:If you’re like me and can’t whistle, then this app is a bad choiceNot available for iPhone (but similar apps are out there for iOS)Some users reviews accuse the app of selling their data to spammersOther user reviews complain about having to manually open the appNotifications sometimes go off without provocation
5. Mobile Spy
Check out a review of this service in the video above.
Mobile Spy isn’t for everyone, simply because of the high cost of working with this service. That being said, if you keep business secrets on your phone, this service is absolutely worth it. Mobile Spy offers a wide array of features to help you track your phone’s location. Other features of the service include a stealth camera mode, the ability to record noises in the vicinity of your device, app blocking, call logs, and web activity monitoring.
Pros:Not just available for iPhone and Android: Windows, BlackBerry, and even Symbian devices are supportedMassive suite of featuresGreat for business use or parental monitoring24/7 live chat supportProvides best possible peace of mind
Cons:Not all mobile devices are supported (check this chart to confirm compatibility)ExpensiveSome features or add-ons are not available for Windows Mobile or Android devicesThis should be obvious, but you do need to have access to the device you wish to monitorMay feel overly invasive for some users