It’s no secret that these days most people are addicted to their phones. So, as you can imagine, losing your phone is probably pretty heartbreaking for people, and it turns out summer is a particularly bad time for folks and their phones.
According to a new report by tech company Asurion, summer months see more than a 50% jump in smartphone loss and theft, but it turns out there’s one thing we could all be doing that may increase our chances of getting that lost phone back.
Asurion purposefully “lost” smartphones in three major cities and found that phones that were locked, but featured a person’s contact information on the lock screen, were three times more likely to be returned to their owners than those without contact info. Unfortunately, not a lot of folks do it, with only 25% of people putting their contact info on the lock screen.
So, how do you put your contact info on your lock screen? Well, all you have to do is add your info to any photo, and Asurion suggests the easiest way to do it is to take an Instagram Story using a photo of your choosing, add your info, and then download the image and make it your lock screen.
ONE MORE THING! The company also suggests enabling your phone’s “Find My Phone” feature, which many people think is automatically activated, but it’s not. For iPhone, all you need to do is go into your settings, and for Android, you need to download the Google app Find My Device.