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App of the Week: Wheres My Droid

I lost my phone yesterday. After searching for quite some time, I remembered when I first got my Android phone. I installed the app Wheres My Droid. Sure, I have flashed many different roms, and gone back to stock, then re-rooted and lived on cyanogen. One thing I always had backed up to install, was Wheres My Droid.

Many of you have maybe heard of this app, or used it yourself but I thought it was good enough to feature. This app is fairly simple. There is a keyword you text or email to your phone after you have misplaced it. The app instantly turns all of the ringers up and starts playing the ringtone. This is so helpful for when you have lost your phone and cannot find it because it is on silent or vibrate. I know some people may think it is a waste of memory or just plain stupid to install such an app on their phone, and for some time I would have agreed with you. Because of this past encounter with the loss of my beloved Droid, I will never again mock the faithful users of Wheres My Droid.

The app is simple once you download it, which is why I will not include screenshots (another reason is I am using MIUI and if you are not it will look completely different). It opens up as just settings, there you can set your “Attention word or phrase” and your attention word for GPS. Below that are the options to set if your phone rings on the attention word and for how long you would like it to ring. 30 seconds, 60 seconds, 5 minutes, are the different times. It is simple to set up and easy to use.

This app is great and so handy for people that lose their phones, or want to keep themselves from doing so. One thing I might add, however, is that you might want to keep that password of yours a secret. Everyone has that friend that likes to tick you off and if he/she finds that password, well, you might have your phone go off in class or wake up at 2 a.m. because your best bud is “finding your droid”. This is a great app, but keep in mind the consequences like becoming embarrassed or exhausted because your password was found.

about the writer: Elijah Ketchum is a 15 year old sophomore in High School in Cincinnati OH. His Android experience started with the Motorola Droid. He enjoys everything about Android and convincing his iPhone fan boy classmates to switch. He recently convinced his father, a long term Blackberry user to switch to a Motorola Droid X. Like Elijah’s writing? Have advice? email [email protected]

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