Put Contact info on your Lock Screen Incase you Lose your Phone

BY GreenBot Staff

Published 28 May 2014

In our tech-driven world, our phones are practically a second appendage. It’s hard to imagine that you’d forget it somewhere. Unfortunately, we’re only humans, and this sort of thing happens every day. Luckily, there are ways for us to track down our tech toys, but what about the person who finds them?

Good Samaritans Do Exist

While there’s no way to always expect that someone who finds your lost phone is going to return it to you, it’s easy enough to put your information on the lock screen of your Android phone or tablet so that the finder can get hold of you. If they’re good persons, we hope they are.

This precaution is incredibly easy to do. Go to your Settings menu and tap on the Security option.

Tap on Owner info.

You’ll be presented with the screen you see below. Check the box next to Show owner info on the lock screen. Now you can type in the information that you’d like to be displayed. You can make the message relatively long if you want, but after a certain amount of characters, the message will be cut off and will side-scroll across the lock screen.

Press the back button, and you’re good to go!

One of the easiest and safest pieces of information to put on your lock screen may be your email address. If you’re already missing your phone, you likely can’t be contacted with your phone number, you may not want to give out your home phone or someone else’s number. Putting your email address on your lock screen is a good option since you can check your email from almost anywhere with an internet connection.

Placing your information on your lock screen isn’t a sure-fire way to get your phone returned to you in case it’s ever lost. But it’s awfully hard for someone to return it if you don’t have this info there. There’s no reason to make someone have to work at doing the right thing, so take this quick and easy precaution today.