If you are looking for a way to ‘ find my BlackBerry ’ then the first thing you need to do is install the BlackBerry software called BlackBerry Protect. Otherwise there is no good way of physically tracking your BlackBerry phone. BlackBerry protect is a free software which can be downloaded by all BlackBerry users around the globe. When you lose your BlackBerry phone, this software can help you track the last known location of your device. As long as your phone is switched on with your own SIM card inserted you will get to track the last location of your phone. However the first thing the thief would do is remove your SIM rendering you unable to locate your device. The BlackBerry Protect software is also capable of remotely performing a backup of your data and wipe the device in case password protection is not enabled. It would not only allow me to track my BlackBerry but also enable me to send a ‘please return me’ message to the screen of the phone.
In order to view the approximate location of your phone on the map you need to turn ‘Location Reporting’ on your device. For this you need to go to BlackBerry Protect and select ‘Options’ from the Menu key dropdown. Go to the location reporting section select the check box saying ‘’ I want this device’s location to be viewable from the BlackBerry Protect website”. Now just click the Menu key and select ‘Save”.
Now that location reporting on your phone is enabled, you can always attempt to locate your lost phone on a map by making use of the BlackBerry Protect site. However you need to remember that if your phone is switched off or doesn’t have an active SIM then BlackBerry Protect won’t be able to tell you the location of your smart phone. For further information on BlackBerry Protect you need to read the BlackBerry Protect User Guide.
Once ‘location reporting’ is enabled on your device you need to complete a few more steps to find the approx location of your phone when its missing. These steps include:
- Go to your browser and visit the BlackBerry Protect site.
- Now type your BlackBerry ID and log in.
Next you have to click on the View Location and the BlackBerry Protect software would try to locate your smartphone.
In case you have just misplaced your phone then the BlackBerry Protect software would also play a sound to locate it easily. On activating this feature the sound profile of your phone automatically changes to the Loud profile. This feature is not going to function if you have changed your sound profile to silent or Vibrate.
In order to enable this feature you need to perform the following steps:
1. Visit the BlackBerry Protect site and log in.
2. Now just click the ‘Play Sound’ button.
However if you phone is still not retrievable, you need to ask your service provider to block your SIM. Some service providers would even suspend the PIN of your phone so that it can’t be used on the BlackBerry network. Next report it lost or stolen to your local police station who are going to help you recover your phone.