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Oftentimes, I don't know where I placed my Android around the house. What app would you recommend to allow me to send an email to it that will cause vibrate and emit high volume sounds/music that will help me find it?

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up vote 25 down vote accepted

Four come to mind:

  1. Phoning Pigeon
  2. Where's My Droid
  3. Lookout Mobile
  4. Prey

Each goes about it in different ways. Phoning Pigeon probably has the lightest touch. You pre-define one or more phone numbers with the app. Then, if the phone receives two consecutive calls from one of those numbers, it will turn the ringer on at maximum volume.

Where's My Droid is similar, but you send an SMS message with specific text.

The Lookout siren is very loud; you'd have no trouble finding it. The app has several other functions as well, including virus scanning and backing up your data.

Prey is similar to Lookout's tracking and probably wouldn't be as useful for finding a misplaced phone in your house; it's more for tracking a phone that has been taken. It might work for you, though, and there's no risk in checking it out.

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+1 for Lookout - it does quite a bit more than just allow you to find your phone. – Cry Havok Nov 3 '10 at 20:18

Use the Phone function of your wife's phone, to, erm , phone it.

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+1: Definitely the simplest. – John Nov 4 '10 at 17:25
Not much help when the phone is on vibrate. – Al E. Nov 4 '10 at 18:07

Lookout is free and works well.

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Why the down vote? – DarthNoodles Nov 6 '10 at 22:24
I expect because Lookout was already mentioned in a previous answer. – Al E. Nov 10 '10 at 19:04

If you've lost the phone before you remembered to install one of the mentioned apps, you have one more option: Plan B (from the same people who developed Lookout).

Basically you install it after the phone goes missing and trigger it via text message.

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PlanB is showing only support for Android 2.0 - 2.3. Sure would be nice if support was broader, excellent idea though. – HasH_BrowN Mar 7 '15 at 1:05

I use, rather than downloading an app. Works great!

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How is that different than just calling it from a different phone? – Al E. Jan 8 '13 at 13:55
And how do I know that this site isn't just for harvesting cell phone numbers? – Al E. Jan 8 '13 at 14:24
And what if your cell phone is just in "silent mode"? Nothing will ring then. No sound is played. It might not even vibrate. – Izzy Jan 8 '13 at 14:36

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