How to use Alexa and your Amazon Echo to find a lost phone

Alexa skills or an IFTTT workaround can help find your missing device

Use Alexa to find your lost phone
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When it comes to helping out around the house, Alexa isn't just limited to your smart home gadgets – it can also help find your phone.

The company doesn't yet offer an official feature to find your missing phone, but third-party solutions in the Alexa Skills store and IFTTT are emerging, meaning you can get help right now.

Related reading: Best things to ask Alexa

Always losing your phone down the side of the couch? Constantly leaving it under your pillow and forgetting? Don't worry, with this guide, you'll be able to use your Amazon Echo speaker to find your phone in seconds.

How to use Alexa to find your phone

Find your phone with an Alexa skill

There are plenty of Alexa skills out there that you can enable to help find your phone, but they vary in features, and, naturally, some have better ratings than others. In this case, we'll opt for the top-ranked option (in the UK, at least) – 'Find My Phone'.

Enable the Find My Phone skill

1. On your phone, go the Alexa app.

2. From the top-left menu, select Skills & Games.

3. Search 'Find my phone', or something similar.

4. Select your preferred option from the list.

5. On the skill's description, tap Enable To Use at the top.

6. Link your Amazon account and allow the skill access to your account.

Using the Find My Phone skill

With this particular skill, you have the ability to not only use Alexa to find your phone, but also to have the voice assistant ring others. Once enabled, try these commands.

"Alexa, Find My Phone".

"Alexa, ask Find My Phone to add another number".

"Alexa, ask Find My Phone to call [contact name]".

"Alexa, ask Find My Phone to delete [contact name]".

How to use Alexa and your Amazon Echo to find your phone

Find your phone with Alexa and IFTTT

Using an Alexa skill isn't the only way you can recover your lost phone. Through the magic of the IFTTT app, which, for the uninitiated, is essentially a way to establish unconventional connections between internet-connected devices, you can have Alexa shake hands with your phone. Note: This solution can be used for UK users, but the steps below are for the US-only applet.

1. Download the IFTTT app to your phone, logging into an existing account or creating a new one. Note: IFTTT can also be accessed through the official website.

2. On the app's main dashboard, tap Get More.

3. In the Search box, type, "find my phone".

4. Near the top, you should see Amazon's 'Tell Alexa to find your phone' – tap Connect.

5. From there, you'll be asked to link your account, enter the phrase you want to use (find my phone is the obvious one but you could get creative) and hit save.

6. If you are doing it from IFTTT's website you will need to enter your phone number and select the tab 'Send PIN,' then answer a phone call to confirm the PIN number.

7. You should now be able to find your phone just by asking Alexa. Bear in mind that if your phone is on mute this isn't going to be much use.

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