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Scenario:

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.

 
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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.
http://www.icantfindmyphone.com/

as seen on Gizmodo.

***END UPDATE***

Open your browser and go to www.google.com/maps

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

http://lifehacker.com/5252595/find-your-lost-cellphone-with-google-voice

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 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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When I open all of that up, it doesn't say call -.-, this could be good for pranks for the people it works for though :)!
Google removed it.
yup but why? it was such a great service
CementTruck (author)  alwinovich6 years ago
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?
CementTruck (author)  alwinovich6 years ago
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.
finton CementTruck11 months ago
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?
CementTruck (author)  finton11 months ago
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.
Barb371 year ago
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 me...my 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.
check your pocket BEFORE u wash clothes
Make her buy you a new one.
mahesh9223 years ago
im lost my phone ta cinema theater how can i get back
has anyone tried using a cheap 5-12$ RF detector or one of those spy gadgets that detect wireless "bugs"..


???
love-me3 years ago
my phone lost in my kitchen i power off the phone.... and i lost it..
alychia4 years ago
my phones lost out side and it had three bars and it was on vibrate and i cant find it i lost it in my field wat do i do?
SHAH JEE4 years ago

hello sir
i m form pakistan my new phone is lose
how its mee find my mobile who man are have my call phone ane software u know plz help
and where is working my phone


shan_leo88@hotmail.com
z03453560002@yahoo.com
who man are use my phone
and location ??????/

cbrown2225 years ago
does it work on a mac
dombeef5 years ago
it doesnt work any more,and i need it now ,Any help?
guyfrom7up6 years ago
I know! Why don't you find your cell phone, call your friend to call you back, put the phone back where you found it, and wait for it to ring! Sounds like something from scoobydoo
The irony is you have to find your phone so you can find it.
smartnuss phail
Masterful.
ultrauber6 years ago
It would suck if it was dead, which is likely if it's been lost for more than a few days.
that hapns 2 me all the time
Briguy95 years ago
thats dumb and overly sophisticated. just use an online texting service thats free and text your phone and listen for the text message tone.
maharg205 years ago
<('.'<)<('.')>(>'.')> KIRBY!!!!
Rishnai6 years ago
I like the idea. I always lose my phone when it's on silent, though, so I tend to have a real fun frantic search when I realize it's missing.
Derin Rishnai6 years ago
(SOOOOO IRONIC) 1 find your phone 2 set it on high volume 3 lose it 4 use method described on thou instructable
emenblade7 years ago
it is a shame that the call feature doesn't exist for Canadian businesses because i 2 loose my phone regularly, and i would have 2 call long distance for this feature. my cell cant call long distance. but thnx for the tip cement truck.
No biggie. I bet if you put any number in the CALL field it would call your phone. Who is to say you are not in from out of town. I think sending a text message or a Skype call would be easier. Ideas?
CementTruck (author)  emenblade7 years ago
Take heart. I'm sure that Google will eventually do this world wide. Check Canadian websites (i.e. yellow page type sites) they might have something similar.
mterebus136 years ago
CementTruck is right about the removal but you can text message your phone from the site sending yourself the address of the store and if your ringer is on you can find your phone as long as your text message ring is long enough.
CementTruck (author)  mterebus136 years ago
Thanks for the assist mterebus13! :D
CementTruck (author) 6 years ago
I think Google thought better of it after only a few weeks and removed the code that allowed you to do this. There are other options from other commenters, which is the only reason I have not deleted this post.
Tamaresque6 years ago
Nice idea, but we don't seem to have this feature in Tasmania!!
smokehill6 years ago
I have Cingular service (now Verizon, I think), and we can send text msgs from our PC to any Cingular cell phone, and I believe it rings, just like a regular call. I've only sent them, not received them. I imagine that if I lost my cell in the house, and it was turned on, I could hear the ringing this way, especially if I did it several times to triangulate the little devil.
now ATT.
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