Found an iPhone and Returned It

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Found a phone while riding yesterday and returned it to the owner. For fun, left it with a family selfie. The owner tracked it with Find My Phone and eventually called using the app, and I responded.

If you find a iPhone and the screen is locked, press and hold the home button to launch Siri, and then ask her to call “Mom” or “Dad.” Then try like “Brian,” etc.

The owner was gracious and handed me $40.00 in our vacation condo parking lot, and insisted I take it. Later, texted

GREAT selfie!! Thank you so much! Great integrity and extra good karma! Mele kalikimaka!!!

Split $20.00 of the reward with our teens in the holiday spirit and hope they got the message about Karma. Since the iPhone launched, I’ve found and returned two and had two returned to me. I’ll do the same, if I find another phone.

In iOS 8, the Health App will show emergency contact details on the lock screen and also if you ask Siri for ICE (in case of emergency contact). It’s a good idea to add an ICE-designated contact or with apps for the purpose in iOS, Windows, and Droid.

Also for the iPhone, you may want to set the control center to not display on the lock screen. If someone wants to steal or keep your screen-locked phone, they can toggle airplane mode on and the owner can’t track it or remotely wipe it.