This tutorial will guide you through the process of adding your “owner information” (phone number, email address, name etc) – on your Android phone’s “Lock Screen”. This way if you lose your phone, whomever finds it will be able to easily contact you (hopefully!).
Note for Android Tablet owners: adding your owner info to your lock screen involves a different process. See this tutorial for instructions.
- Start out by downloading the free app Phone Found – Owner Info from the Android Market, and install it.
- Open your Apps list, navigate to the Owner Info button, and tap it.
- The initial/default screen will be displayed. Tap the Menu button on your phone.
- Select Edit.
- Enter in all of the information you want displayed on your Android’s lock screen. This can include your name, company, phone number, email address and so on.
- If you scroll down towards the bottom of the screen, you’ll see a Message for Finder button and a choose picture button.
The Message for Finder window did not allow my phone (Droid X running Android OS 2.3.x) to bring up the soft keyboard in order to actually enter a “message for the finder”. Your experience may vary. I was able to ‘long tap’ and Paste text into the window, however.
The choose picture button allows you to select a photo to also be displayed in the “Owner Info” section of your lock screen.
- Once you’re done, tap the Save button.
- Depending on the options you selected, you’ll be presented with a screen somewhat similar to what’s displayed in the image below.
- At this point you can try ‘locking’ your phone. The owner info did not display on my phone right away. Once I powered the phone off and back on, it displayed perfectly. Every subsequent time I’ve locked my screen or it has ‘timed-out’ and returned to the default (locked) state – the owner info has been displayed.
- That’s it! Now if someone finds your phone, at the very least they will be able to easily contact you.