Using Bluetooth to Help Find a Lost Phone

A reader named Gary recently wrote in to share how he used the Bluetooth connection on his Toyota Highlander to locate a cell phone that he lost while out walking the dog. I have to say, this is a pretty clever trick.

Gary wrote:

“I purchased a Highlander Limited in December and paired my cell phone with the vehicle. I do not have a smartphone. About a week later, I was walking our dog around our neighborhood. Unfortunately, I had carelessly placed my cell phone in an un-zipped jacket pocket.

At one point during the walk, our dog (a yellow lab) got agitated and yanked me on the leash because there was another dog running loose. She settled down after about a quarter mile and we finished our walk. About an hour later, I realized I had lost my phone.

Unsure of how to find it, I decided to slowly re-trace the walk in my Highlander. When I got near the phone, the phone reconnected to the Highlander’s Bluetooth signal, so I knew I was close. From there, I used another phone to call it. I found my phone buried in the snow off the should of the road. Amazing technology.”

Of course, with a smartphone, you may be able to rely on a phone-finder app, such as Apple’s “Find My iPhone.” But if you don’t have a smartphone, or don’t have such an app installed or enabled, your vehicle’s Bluetooth system offers a possible workaround.

As an aside, I’ve used the Bluetooth connection to determine if my phone is in the car or not. Instead of hunting around under the seats (I probably need one of these…) I can just power up and see if the phone connects. If it does, the hunt is on. If not, I need to look elsewhere.

Related: Looking for a good phone holder? Check out the Kenu Airframe or Kenu Airframe+. I use the latter, and I love it.

If you have any other clever tips that you’d like to share, please leave a comment below or hit me up via the contact form.

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  • joan Jennings Apr 6, 2018

    I enjoy your page and info— someone took my manual from my car both electronic and regular and now Toyota cannot seem to get any replacements though I gave them my #0+ dollars already– Really frustrated and almost aways lock car but on some occasions I am coming back with groceries and want easier access!! I am older person-Thanks for listening!!!

  • Amberlee Sep 15, 2018

    I have a Bluetooth headset that has a button that launches Google Assistant. I ask what time it is, then I tell it to set an alarm for two minutes from now and disconnect the headset.

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