While Microsoft hasn’t provided Windows Phone users (yet?) with the full set of “MyPhone” features it previously provided to users of Windows Mobile 6.5, it does offer a free and excellent Find My Phone service that will help you recover a lost or stolen Windows Phone, but also ring, lock, and erase it if required. And unlike a similar service from, say, Apple, it’s absolutely free.
There’s just one problem: Find My Phone is not enabled by default. So you’ll have to navigate into Settings, Find My Phone, to enable this service. Note that doing so could reduce your battery life, so it’s worth experimenting a bit.
There are two options in the Find My Phone settings interface:
- Save my location periodically for better mapping.
- Get results faster (may use more battery).
For Find My Phone to work, at least the first option will need to be enabled.
Thanks to Jonathan Kimrey for the tip!