Losing your phone in the house or the car can be infuriating. It can fall under the cushions on your couch, get lost in the bed, or disappear into obscurity in a random room within your house.
When it happens, you could spend hours looking for it only to find it lodged in the simplest places that you didn’t bother to look.
A good workaround is asking someone to call you – if you are with them in the house and your phone isn’t in silent mode.
If you live alone or no one else is home, you can skip this step by asking Alexa to do it. It should be simple if you have an Echo or another Alexa node in your house. The only caveat is that you’ll have to set up Alexa calling in advance.
How to Set Up Alexa Calling
Alexa Calling is a neat setting that lets you place calls from your Echo device. You can also leave voice messages or send texts apart from just calling. The service works over mobile data or WiFi.
- Launch the Amazon Alexa app
- Open the conversation tabs from the bottom menu
- Follow prompts to enter and verify your phone’s information.
After setting up Alexa Calling, the next step is ensuring that you have a voice profile and that Alexa can recognize you. Alexa won’t activate the feature if it can’t verify your voice. Skip this step if you already have a voice profile configured.
Otherwise, here is how to do it.
- Launch the Alexa app on your smartphone
- Navigate to settings
- Go to Accounts and select Your Voice
- Select Begin
- Choose the device you want to interact with to teach Alexa your voice from the drop-down menu. The Echo is a good option.
- Select Next
- Say the on-screen phrase prompts out loud when prompted and go to the next phase until you repeat all of them.
The best way to do this learning is in a quiet room. Use your natural voice to ensure that Alexa captures your true voice.
With the prerequisites in place, you can move on to finding your phone.
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Using Alexa to Find Your Phone
Finding your phone should now be as simple as asking Alexa to call your phone. The voice recognition will ensure that Alexa calls the correct phone attached to the voice profile. This means you can configure the same feature to work on different devices.
Some of the commands you can use are:
- Alexa, call my phone,
- Alexa, find my phone
Your phone will then start ringing or vibrating, and you can follow the voice to locate it. The only problem is that this hack will still not work if your phone is silent or it forwards notifications to your smartwatch. You will need a workaround that forces the phone to ring regardless.