How to Find Your Lost Cell or Cordless Phone





Introduction: How to Find Your Lost Cell or Cordless Phone


My wife and I both have cell phones. We no longer use a home phone since we're on the go all the time. Why pay for a landline you hardly use.

Step 1: Materials and Explanation:

I "misplace" my phone "occasionally", and my normal method to find it is to call my phone with my wife's. There are times, however, when she isn't home, and I can't find my phone.

Here is my solution:

You will need a PC with an internet connection.

Step 2: It's This Simple

***UPDATE 10/25/2010***

Google discontinued its service. Use this instead.

as seen on Gizmodo.


Open your browser and go to

Google Maps no longer has this option. Recently there was an entry on lifehacker that was pretty similar to this instructable.

Step 3: Enter a Name of a Business in Your Area

Enter the name of a real business in your local area (preferably a large, well established business).

For this Instructable I used Sam's club.

Step 4: Matches to Your Query Will Be Found. Here's What You Do.

Once matches to your query are found a long list will appear on the left side of the screen. There should be a "CALL" link below the some of the business names that are listed. Click any of the "CALL" links.

Step 5: Enter Your Phone Number

After you complete step 4 you will be prompted to enter your phone number. Enter your cell or home phone number and click the "Connect for Free" button.

Step 6: Listen Intently for Your Ringtone

Your phone will begin ringing momentarily. Answer the phone and hang up immediately before you are connected to the business that Google is trying to connect you to.

I'm sure there are other services that do this too, but this is the one I use.

This will also work for those of you with older cordless phones that were manufactured before the SEEK feature was invented.



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    yup but why? it was such a great service

    As IamTheCreator said, it was probably used for lots of prank calls. This probably caused numerous complaints to Google, hence its removal.

    then what is the point of this Instructable?

    As I said in a prior comment, I was going to remove this post, but many others had commented with their own solutions that I decided to just keep this post alive for the sake of information in their comments.

    Hi CementTruck. Perhaps you could keep this 'ible but rewrite it without all the Google Maps stuff? Maybe call it "Instructables members' suggestions on how to find your lost phone", delete all the Google Maps steps, put the updates into the Introduction as an explanation about why they don't work any more, collate all the suggestions into groups (one step per group), and delete all the nonpositive and nonconstructive comments?

    Argh! That sounds like a lot of work. Good idea though. Let me mull it over. I've been thinking about just deleting this 'ible for a while now. Thanks.

    I realize this 'Ible was originally published eons ago in tech-time, but the topic actually transcends time, so I bit. The intro-photo is funny, the text that goes with it makes it hysterical! Thanks for the (well-timed) belly laugh!

    um....plz help MOM lost my cell fone in our house and we've looked everywhere....can ny1 help?

    Same thing happend to me!

    Try this method, if there's no internet or other phones, use a payphone or something. If it's on silent, check the trash can and your pocket.