Key (and Phone) Finders So You’ll Never Lose Yours Again

It’s the key to a chill morning.

down camera view of phone, keys, wallet, airpods, coffee
Phone, keys, wallet...check!Rachel Nickerson

Experts say the average person spends 2.5 days every year (or 6 months over a lifetime) looking for lost items—usually remote controls, keys and phones. That’s a lot of time and money, considering that replacing lost items adds up to $2.7 billion every year. Check out this tech designed to save you a bunch of searching time (and dollars).

Tile Mate (2020) 1-pack - Bluetooth Tracker, Keys Finder and Item Locator for Keys, Bags and More; Water Resistant with 1 Year Replaceable Battery
This device finds your stuff within a 200 foot range.Tile

Key trackers are a versatile tool since you can attach them to basically any item you’re prone to misplacing—your key ring, wallet, backpack or even your pet. For the widest range of uses, look for a device that tracks within a 200-foot Bluetooth range.

Tile Mate + Slim (2020) 4-pack (2 Mates, 2 Slims) - Bluetooth Tracker, Item Locator & Finder for Keys, Bags, Wallets, Tablets and More
This kit includes twice the options so you can choose between hanging tag and credit card style devices.Tile

Many trackers use an app on your phone to track your misplaced stuff. Just open the app and ping your missing item. Sometimes that lost thing is your phone—about a third of the time actually—so many systems allow you to double click the tracker to make your phone ring, even if it’s set to silent.

Key Finder, Esky RF Item Locator with 1 Transmitter and 6 Receivers, 100ft Working Range Wireless Item Tracker Support Remote Control for Finding Pet, Wallet and Key
This option includes a tracing device and multiple tags for keeping tabs on half a dozen things.Esky

Of course, key trackers only work if you can hear them, so look for styles that ring at about 80 decibels—about as loud as a standard alarm clock or garbage disposal. For convenience, make sure the batteries are easy to replace (like CR2032 coin cell batteries).


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