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Google Find My Device Saves The Day While At NWCDC Las Vegas


Google Find My Device Saves The Day With One Caveat

Google Find My Device has saved the day for me more than a few times.  For some reason, I have dropped my phone in the back of Uber and Lyft rides a few times – even in other countries.

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The phone drop usually occurs after not traveling for a few weeks.   This time, due to the pandemic, it was more than 19 months without traveling outside of my immediate area in Raleigh.

I have an Android.   The app can be found here. I will include the Apple instructions later in the article.  The Find Apps also work on laptops.

After spending the day at the NWCDC Conference in Vegas – I traveled to a restaurant that was off the strip to meet a client that was also attending the conference.

I dropped the phone into the floorboard,  realizing it after 10 minutes.  I luckily had my laptop with me.  I simultaneously logged into the Uber account from my laptop and my Google account then I activated the Find Device.

My phone came up with the option to ring the phone for five minutes even if it was off.  I could remotely lock my phone – which I did or even (Ouch!) delete all the data if I was unable to recover the phone.

The Uber driver returned the phone within two hours.  The recovery did cost me $15 which is also what Lyft charges.

Google Find My Phone Features

  • See your phone, tablet or watch on a map. If current location isn’t available, you’ll see the last known location.
  • Use indoor maps to help you to find your device in airports, malls, or other large buildings
  • Navigate to your device with Google Maps by tapping the device location and then the Maps icon
  • Play a sound at full volume, even if your device is on silent
  • Erase the device or lock it with a custom message and contact number on lock screen
  • See network and battery status
  • See hardware details

Uber or Lyft Help Lost Phone

Hand holding Google Find My Device Motorola Phone
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Uber has a device recovery in their FAQs.  I was able to message the driver telling them that I had left the phone in their car while also ringing the phone so the driver could find it.

Lyft has a page for the same situation here. 

IOS Help Page

The same thing can be found here for Apple/IOS devices.  The page is from Apple Help.  I do not own any Apple products, so I will let you read the page on how to set it up and use it just in case.

Apple and Google Find My Device Caveat – Big One

The one thing that will cause a panic is if you find out that you do not have the apps installed and turned on.  Without doing both of those steps, the locator app may not work.   Turn on Google Find My Device and the same with your iPhone.  You can thank me later.


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James J Moore - Workers Comp Expert

Raleigh, NC, United States

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James founded a Workers’ Compensation consulting firm, J&L Risk Management Consultants, Inc. in 1996. J&L’s mission is to reduce our clients’ Workers Compensation premiums by using time-tested techniques. J&L’s claims, premium, reserve and Experience Mod reviews have saved employers over $9.8 million in earned premiums over the last three years. J&L has saved numerous companies from bankruptcy proceedings as a result of insurance overpayments.

James has over 27 years of experience in insurance claims, audit, and underwriting, specializing in Workers’ Compensation. He has supervised, and managed the administration of Workers’ Compensation claims, and underwriting in over 45 states. His professional experience includes being the Director of Risk Management for the North Carolina School Boards Association. He created a very successful Workers’ Compensation Injury Rehabilitation Unit for school personnel.

James’s educational background, which centered on computer technology, culminated in earning a Masters of Business Administration (MBA); an Associate in Claims designation (AIC); and an Associate in Risk Management designation (ARM). He is a Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) and a licensed financial advisor. The NC Department of Insurance has certified him as an insurance instructor. He also possesses a Bachelors’ Degree in Actuarial Science.

LexisNexis has twice recognized his blog as one of the Top 25 Blogs on Workers’ Compensation. J&L has been listed in AM Best’s Preferred Providers Directory for Insurance Experts – Workers Compensation for over eight years. He recently won the prestigious Baucom Shine Lifetime Achievement Award for his volunteer contributions to the area of risk management and safety. James was recently named as an instructor for the prestigious Insurance Academy.

James is on the Board of Directors and Treasurer of the North Carolina Mid-State Safety Council. He has published two manuals on Workers’ Compensation and three different claims processing manuals. He has also written and has been quoted in numerous articles on reducing Workers’ Compensation costs for public and private employers. James publishes a weekly newsletter with 7,000 readers.

He currently possess press credentials and am invited to various national Workers Compensation conferences as a reporter.

James’s articles or interviews on Workers’ Compensation have appeared in the following publications or websites:

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