It’s really frustrating when you lose your BlackBerry smartphone or when you feel you aren’t sure when or where you last had it. Losing your phone can spoil your day, it is not just about losing your phone, BlackBerry models like BB10, Z30 and other new models of BlackBerry have made it possible to have some of your important office files on your smartphone. Losing these files and data can ruin your day. However, you don’t need to worry, this article will how to find your lost BlackBerry Phone.
BlackBerry is one of the most popular and best Smartphone brands in the market, although the growth has slowed down a bit in the recent years; it is still a favorite brand among many smartphone users.
BlackBerry made it possible to locate your missing phone using a popular app known as BlackBerry Protect. This app has two features that let you know the location of your BlackBerry when you can’t find it.
To get started, if you are new to BlackBerry, I will suggest that you download and install BlackBerry Protect app on your phone. This app is very important, it might seem useless at the moment but you will realize the importance when you lost your phone. It is also a good idea to read the manual of BlackBerry Protect in order to get you started on the right foot.
How BlackBerry Protect Works
Now that you’ve downloaded and installed BlackBerry Protect from BlackBerry World, the next step is to enable this app so that it can help you locate your BB phone any time you are looking for it.
How to Enable Location Reporting on your BlackBerry
In order to locate your phone when it went missing with BlackBerry Protect app, you need to enable the Location Reporting feature on your BlackBerry Z10, Z30 or any other model of BlackBerry smartphone
Here is how to do it:
- Select “BlackBerry Protect” from your home screen
- Click on the “Menu” and select “Options”
- You will see something like “I want this device’s location to be viewable from the BlackBerry Protect web site” in your Location Reporting section, ensure you select the check box
- After selecting the check box, press the Menu key and select “Save”
How to Locate Your BlackBerry Smartphone
Since you’ve successfully installed BlackBerry Protect on your phone and enabled the Location Reporting feature, you can now view the approximate location of your BlackBerry smartphone whenever it went missing.
Note: In order for this feature to work, you need to ensure your phone is turned on and your phone has an active wireless connection. Without these two conditions, the BlackBerry Protect will not work.
To Locate Your Missing Phone;
Go to BlackBerry Protect Website from any available web browser and log in with your BlackBerry ID credentials
Find and click “View Location” on the website and the BlackBerry Protect will try to locate your phone location
If your phone is turned on and has an active wireless connection with Location Reporting feature enabled, the BlackBerry Protect will show you the approximate location of your BlackBerry smartphone along with other options to play sound, display a message, lock your phone or totally wipe your data.
How To Play Sound Or Wipe Data on your Missing BlackBerry Phone
You can use the BlackBerry Protect to play sound and help you locate your phone if you feel that phone is nearby. Simple log in to BlackBerry Protect website and apply the steps above, it will display options to do the following
- Play sound
- Display a Message
- Lock your Device
- Wipe Device
You can play sound to locate your phone if it is nearby, you can as well type a message to be automatically displayed on the screen of your phone to help the person who recovered the phone to know what to do with it. A message maybe your address and contact details.
If you feel that you cannot recover the phone again, you will have options to either lock the device or totally wipe your data to avoid someone gaining unauthorized access to them.
Finding your missing BlackBerry smartphone is easy as far as you follow the steps above. This will save you the stress and frustration of looking for your phone everywhere; it can as well help you save money from buying a new phone.