How to Find Your Lost Cell or Cordless Phone




About: "Better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it."


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.

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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    63 Discussions


    11 years ago on Introduction

    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.

    2 replies

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    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?


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    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.


    6 years ago on Introduction

    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!

    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.


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    has anyone tried using a cheap 5-12$ RF detector or one of those spy gadgets that detect wireless "bugs"..



    9 years ago on Introduction

    my phone lost in my kitchen i power off the phone.... and i lost it..


    9 years ago on Step 1

    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?


    10 years ago on Introduction

    it doesnt work any more,and i need it now ,Any help?


    11 years ago on Introduction

    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

    2 replies

    11 years ago on Introduction

    It would suck if it was dead, which is likely if it's been lost for more than a few days.