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Use Amazon Alexa and IFTTT to Find Your Phone

May 15, 2017

The Amazon Echo is great at a lot of things out of the box, but it surprisingly does not have a way to find your phone if you’ve misplaced it somewhere in your home. I do this more often than I’d like to admit, and having this tool at my disposal has saved the day a number of times. You could expect to be able to say “Alexa, where is my phone” and for it to start buzzing and beeping, but that functionality is not there yet. Here’s a workaround until Amazon figures this out.

“Alexa, where is my phone?”

“Alexa, where is my phone?”

Prep Work

We’ve previously talked about using IFTTT with Philips Hue lights to customize your lighting setup, and IFTTT also comes to the rescue to set up a “find my phone” feature. You will need an IFTTT account to use this, so set one up here if you don’t have one yet. You’ll also need to have your Alexa account and phone calls connected to IFTTT, so do that here for Alexa and here for phone calls.

Now you’re ready to make the Alexa action.

Set Up

The setup for this is pretty damn simple, and will familiar to anyone who has used IFTTT before. Simply got to the New Applet page either on the IFTTT website or in the app (iOS and Android).

Select Amazon Alexa from the list of triggers. This likely will be in the Most Popular section at the top, but you can just use the search bar to find it if it isn’t listed there. Then pick “Say a specific phrase” from the list, and then enter the text you want to say to Alexa when you trigger this action.

Note that the way IFTTT integrates with Alexa, you will always begin the phrase “Alexa, trigger…” and then whatever you enter in the text on this page.

Then you need to tell IFTTT what to do when that phrase is spoken, so now you want to select Phone Call from the list. This likely won’t be in the “Popular” section, so you’ll have to search.

There is only one thing you can pick from the list, so choose “Call my phone” and then enter a message in the text field on this last page. It doesn’t really matter what you put there because no matter what you put there, we are really only interested in the phone ringing in the first place.

Use It!

And that’s it folks, you’re good to go! You’ll be in much better shape the next time you lost your phone. Even if you never plan on using this, I’d still recommend setting it up just in case. It takes a minute to set up and will save you a ton of time in the future if it you ever can’t find your phone.

Echo Dot
Amazon Echo Dot
Echo Dot
  • A hands-free, voice-controlled device that uses Alexa to play music, control smart home devices, provide information, read the news, set alarms, and more
  • Connects to speakers or headphones through Bluetooth or 3.5 mm stereo cable
  • Controls lights, fans, switches, thermostats, garage doors, sprinklers, and more
  • Hears you from across the room with 7 far-field microphones
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* price at time of publishing was $49.99