"Help Me, Siri! I've Found a Lost iPhone!"

Since technology is expanding at an ever-increasing rate, we’re becoming more dependent upon and more adept at using it. iPhone users have meshed cell phone technology far from being a simple phone into managing and enhancing their daily lives. One of the more powerful iPhone apps is Siri, the voice activated, information-spouting personal assistant found in your iPhone. In the beginning, it was an app you could download from the app store. Since that time, it’s become fully integrated into the iPhone software. Therefore, if a person’s iPhone becomes lost, daily calendars, meetings, important contacts and constant access to information is also lost.

When an iPhone is lost, hopefully,  the person who found it will understand the importance of the device and return it to the owner. But, how? Almost no one ever leaves identifying marks right on their phone.

Enter Siri.

You can ask Siri, “Whose phone is this?” or “Who owns this phone?”*

If the owner set up Siri to work when the screen is locked, and the iPhone has to have a charge, Sіrі wіll thеn dіѕрlау thе іPhоnе оwnеr’ѕ nаmе аnd thеіr соntасt information, іnсludіng their phone numbеrѕ, еmаіl addresses, and hоmе аddrеѕѕ. This will provide mоrе thаn еnоugh іnfоrmаtіоn tо hеlр to rеturn thе dеvісе to thе rіghtful оwnеr as ѕооn аѕ роѕѕіblе. 

If you ask Siri, she will tell you enough to get the phone back to it's rightful owner.

If you ask Siri, she will tell you enough to get the phone back to it's rightful owner.

More than enough information to return the phone to it’s rightful owner, but, also maybe a little more information than a person might want a stranger to know, right?

You can set up a Lost Mode on your iPhone (or iPad) using the instructions from Apple you can find here.  You can set up your iPhone to reveal only enough information to return your iPhone without giving them access to a complete array of your personal information.

But, if you find an iPhone and that information hasn’t been set up, is there another option?

Assuming Siri can't find enough information about the owner of the iPhone, maybe you should try asking Siri to call members of the family or relations with the following voice command, since some people save contacts with titles of relatives.

     “Call Mom” or “Call Dad”
    “Call My Wife” or “Call My Husband”
    “Call My Son” or “Call My Daughter”

 If you can't find any of those in the contact database, perhaps you should try telling Siri to “Call the last number I dialed” and hope it's someone that can reach the owner. Otherwise, the last option is to visit the Apple Store.

If your iPhone is the one which is lost, and you’ve enabled Lost Mode, you can use the Lost Mode tracking to find it here

There is also more information on how to find your iPhone here


*Note: Some models with an older iOS, this can be a little tricky. If you ask, "Whose iPhone is this?" instead of 'Whose phone is this?", Siri will refer you to Apple.