Travel Safety for Your Cellphone

When do we ever leave our cellphones home? Oh that’s right—just when we forget. One place a cellphone is essential is when you’re on the road, whether for business or pleasure. And with the holiday season starting, you’ll want your cellphone on hand to take family snapshots, keep connected with relatives, check in for your flights, have your boarding pass…the list goes on.

Clearly the last thing you want to do is lose your cellphone, at any time, but really when you’re traveling. We’ve put together some information that will help protect your phone and your data if  it gets lost or stolen.

  1. Turn on “Find My Phone”: An iPhone’s iOS has this Find My Phone feature, which you should have on all of the time, just in case you lose it under the sofa or leave it in your significant other’s car. It also has a Send Last Location feature, which will automatically send the phone’s location to iCloud any time that the iPhone’s battery is very low. If your device is running Google’s Android system, it also has a Find My Phone feature, which is in the device’s Settings section, under Security & Location. Check that it’s working by checking the Find Your Phone page in your Google Account.
  2. Before you go, check with your carrier: Make sure you have insurance on your phone, which can be provided through your cellphone service. If not, look into an alternative insurance carrier that specializes in mobile phone insurance. Contact your cellphone carrier immediately if your phone is lost or stolen, as they will temporarily suspend service as a preventative measure. With insurance, you may be able to get a replacement phone shipped to you, or reimburse a repair if the phone breaks or gets damaged.
  3. Change your lock screen: Yes, your kid is a wonderful lock screen photo, but before you travel, perhaps add your alternative phone number or an email address to the lock screen photo. This way someone can contact you if they find your lost phone. Asurion, a mobile phone insurance provider, found that you are three times more likely to get your phone returned to you if you do this. The easiest way is to print out your information on a piece of paper, take a photo of it, then choose it as your lock screen photo.

The best way to protect your phone is to keep it in a safe place, and not your back pocket or out on a table while eating, where it could fall out or be forgotten easily. If you’re looking for travel insurance, give us a call on 714-838-1911 or send us an email: info@bmrins.com. And don’t forget to follow our LinkedIn page for all the latest and best information on insurance.

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