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Sony's phone-finding service 'my Xperia' hits devices worldwide

"Sony's find my phone service 'my Xperia' hits devices worldwide
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If you're always misplacing you smartphone then fear not as Sony is rolling out its "my Xperia" service from today which lets you hunt down your stray handset.

Of course you'll need to own one of Sony's Xperia smartphones or tablets for the service to work, which allows you to remotely locate, lock and wipe the device - just it case it's fallen into the wrong hands.

It's a service which seems to mirror Apple's "find my iPhone" app, which gives you similar remote controls over your devices.

Safety first

The service is offered free of charge and you'll need to dip into the settings (Settings > About phone > Software update > New apps > My Xperia) on your Xperia device to install the app.

Then if the worse should happened to your beloved phone or tablet, all you'll need to do is pop on over to the my Xperia website, login with your Google account and get that device locked down.

If you've simply just lost it in your house you can force the Xperia device to play a sound alert - overriding the sounds settings on your phone or tablet - so you know which sofa to look behind, or bed to peek under.

It will take a few weeks to reach every Xperia device around the world, so if you're not seeing it just yet, don't panic as it will be with you soon.

John McCann

John joined TechRadar a decade ago as Staff Writer for Phones, and over the years has built up a vast knowledge of the tech industry. He's interviewed CEOs of some of the world's biggest tech firms, visited their HQs and has appeared on live TV and radio, including Sky News, BBC News, BBC World News, Al Jazeera, LBC and BBC Radio 4. Originally specializing in phones, tablets and wearables, John is now TechRadar's resident automotive expert, reviewing the latest and greatest EVs and PHEVs on the market. John also looks after the day-to-day running of the site.