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Lookout Plan B: Find Your Lost Android Phone Remotely for Free

There is no doubt that after a long day or night of partying and having fun, some of us forget where we left our phones. With Lookout’s Plan B application, you can find your phone from any computer.During Qualcomm’s UPLINQ 2012 conference in San Diego, CA we sat in on a Keynote speech by Lookout CEO John Hering about mobile security. John talked about the importance of being a good app developer and recognizing the importance of keeping users’ data secure.

One of the ways that John had solved this problem was by creating the Lookout Security application for Android phones which enables your phone to constantly be scanning for threats from applications as well as keep the device’s location synced with their servers in the event you lose your phone. Lookout’s lost phone service quickly and easily helps you find your phone no matter where it may be.

The problem with this is that many users don’t have Lookout installed on their phones by default (most T-Mobile smart phones coming out this year do). Lookout has found a way to make their app useful to people that don’t actually have the application installed on their phone but have lost it. The only thing that needs to happen is that your phone still needs to be on and connected to some sort of a data network. If these two things are true, then you can install Lookout’s Plan B application. This application allows you to remotely (from a computer) log into your Google account and install the application remotely from your computer to your phone. Once you do that, the phone will then proceed to email to your Gmail address it’s location.

Some user reviews of Plan B

The steps are as follows:

1. Install Plan B to the phone that you are trying to find from the Android Market website:

2. Plan B will start automatically and send your phone?s location to your Gmail address.

3. To locate again after 10 minutes, borrow a friend?s phone and text the word ?locate? to your lost phone.

After you install it, Plan B will start locating your phone using cell towers and GPS. On some phones, Plan B can switch GPS on automatically. Your location will keep updating for 10 minutes, and you will get an email each time it is located, whether the phone is moving or standing still. You can start the process again by texting ?locate? to your number from any other phone. In order to locate your phone, we send you a text via SMS, so standard message rates apply.

Once you have found your phone, download Lookout Mobile Security for full protection.

For all of you doing some irresponsible things this summer, we hope that Lookout can help you find your phone so at least your phone doesn’t put a damper on a great time. Plus, this app has been downloaded over 500,000 times with a 4.5/5 star rating, that just can’t be wrong.

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