Finding a lost phone is much easier if you install the right apps and make sure you're prepared before you lose the phone.
CNBC will walk you through the steps that will help you find a lost phone, whether it's under the couch or was left behind at a restaurant.
Here's what you need to do.
If you own an iPhone, here's how you prepare:
If you lose your iPhone:
This will show you where your iPhone was last before the battery died, in case it was left at a restaurant. It also lets you play a sound, which will help you find the iPhone if it's stuck in a couch cushion. There are options to lock the phone and put up a message — such as a phone number to call if it's found — or erase it completely so that it can't be easily sold or used in case of theft.
If you own an Android phone, here's how you prepare:
If you lose your Android phone:
You can also choose to check for suspicious sign-ins, lock the phone, call your phone, sign out of your Google account remotely, contact your carrier or remotely erase the device.
A word of note:
If your phone is stolen and it appears somewhere it shouldn't be, you can try to use this data when you report the stolen phone to the police. Don't try to track it down yourself if you think doing so might put you in danger.